Holywell Bay Beach

Holywell Bay Beach Picture 1

Image by Adam Gibbard - supplied by Visit Cornwall


See Perranporth Tide Times (Approximate)

  • Dogs are permitted on the beach All Year

This huge beach of golden sand backed by grass tufted dunes is a perfect example of the north coast’s wide open bays large enough for everyone to enjoy whatever comes naturally. Go body boarding in the water, storm watch in winter or stroll across the sands with the dog, Holywell is also an ideal place to just sit on the beach and read a good book while the kids play in the stream or enjoy the waves.

On the beach you can explore the fascinating grotto-like Holywell Cave with its calcium deposits and at low tide a wreck of an old Argentinian coaster can be seen just offshore. At high tide there is ample room amongst the dunes, some of which rise up 60 feet, for a beach picnic and it’s a suitably romantic spot to watch the sun go down. Nearby is the Holywell fun park with self-drive rides, pitch and putt and a kids zone.

Holywell is owned and looked after by the National Trust and is able to care and conserve areas like this, thanks to their members, volunteers and donors. Car park free to National Trust members.


  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Lifeguard cover (Spring/Summer)
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Disabled access

Information supplied by Visit Cornwall