Perranporth is a stunningly beautiful seaside resort town on the north coast of Cornwall. Why visit? With three miles of long sandy beaches which face the Atlantic Ocean, huge varieties of shops and places to eat, rich and fascinating history and stunning costal walks…the question is, why wouldn’t you visit?
Perranporth beach is a popular destination for surfing, snorkelling, sailing and swimming. This sandy spacious beach has something for every member of the family. When the tide is in, you’ll be able to explore rockpools, sand dunes and the local wildlife.
The beach is well-maintained and has stunning views in all directions. RNLI Lifeguards cover this beach seasonally and will enforce limitations if necessary. Please be aware of tide times. Dog restrictions may occur during the summer months. Please note that this is subjected to change. We highly suggest walking up the beach to Ligger Point which is just two miles away – while the tides out of course or exploring the natural caves along the coastline!
Accessibility to Perranporth beach is limited with uneven surfaces and steep hills however, there is a slipway which leads to the beach and it is easy to manage. Sand chairs are provided by Cornwall Mobility in partnership with Disability Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. These are available from Perranporth Gardens. Telephone: 07881 521730.
There is a car park near Perranporth beach. The parking spaces are subject to availability, and we suggest arriving before peak hours. Day tickets and hourly tickets can be purchased, and prices may vary. Blue badge holders do not have any exemptions for free parking and as of 2020 there are two disabled parking spaces.
Accessibility and disabled toilets are available near the car park with steps at one end and a ramp at the other.
Perranporth has a rich and extensive history. History books say that Saint Piran washed up on these shores tied to a millstone and that he travelled all the way from Ireland. He built a Christian oratory. During your stay you can explore the Costal Path that runs through the ruins of St Pirans Oratory. It’s thought to be one of the oldest Christian sites in Cornwall. It was abandoned in the 10th Century due to damage from the sand. In 2014 the sand was removed from the site to reveal the remains of the church.
Perranporth has a wide variety of shops and places to eat to suit every style or appetite! With plenty of surf/beach-wear shops and a local surfing school you’ll have everything you need to plan an afternoon in the water. You can find the Perranporth Surf School on Beach Rd during the summer season.
With a large range of places to eat you’ll find it difficult to pin point one! Our favourite place? The Waterfront on Beach Lane. This family restaurant is the perfect place to sit, relax and eat some home made goodness. Our go to meal would have to be their scrumptious, New Yorker Burger with a side of Nachos…and a beer…or 3!
You can also expect ice cream vans located near and on the beach…double scoop of Kelly’s Cornish ice cream for one please!
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