Cornwall Beaches & Coast

Cornwall coast and beaches

Cornwall is the peninsula formed on the south west of Great Britain.

Tourists flock to the county to enjoy its varied north and south coastlines. On the Celtic Sea the shore is exposed and wild with sheer cliffs and beaches of find gold sand to be found at Watergate Bay, Perranporth, St Ives and Bude.

On the South coast the white, sandy beaches are more sheltered like at Falmouth. This coastline is known as the Cornish Riviera as it's more temperate and the fishing villages have been transformed into Cape Cod style holiday resorts in some areas. The rivers in this area are also popular with tourists for fishing, boating and canoeing.

The South West Coast Path takes you on a walking tour of both coasts. Lizard Peninsula is a good example of an ophiolite (ocean crust) forming fantastic cliffs at Kynance Cove.

Other attractions in Cornwall are the historic and prehistoric sites legacy of the Bronze Age, the countryside where Celtic crosses rear up from the rugged earth, the museums and the quaint villages. Surfing is fast becoming popular in the area with Newquay and Porthtowan providing local and national surf events.

Cornwall conjures up memories of biting into steaming pasties and indulging in cream teas after hours on the beach or walking on Bodmin Moor with its fascinating prehistoric remains.

Whether you are looking for a quick break, a long relaxing holiday or just a few romantic nights away, Cornwall really does have it all! Just remember to book accommodation early as the locals love going there so it gets full rather quickly!

Attractions in the area include:

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Popular Cornwall Seaside Towns

Bude, Padstow, St Ives

Cornwall Beach List

We have 205 beaches in our Cornwall beach list.

Popular Cornwall Things To Do


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