Perranporth Beach Cornwall – A Complete Guide To Visiting

Chapel Rock Pools Perranporth Beach Cornwall

Perranporth Beach is most famously known for its pub, literally on the beach – The Watering Hole. However this 3 mile stretch has much more to offer.

How To Get To Perranporth Beach Cornwall

Perranporth Beach is located around 8 miles South of Newquay Town in Cornwall.

It’s roughly a 15 minute drive from Newquay, or you may even want to spend a night in the small seaside resort town.

Newquay town itself is easily walkable. However, we recommend renting a car for your entire Newquay trip. That way you can explore the whole region at ease.

There’s plenty of street parking around Perranporth starting at £2.50 for two hours.

Click HERE for our full Best Things To Do In Newquay Cornwall – The Ultimate List blog.

What To Expect At Perranporth Beach

Plenty of sand for all to enjoy, and a bar literally on the beach!

Perranporth Beach is one of Cornwall’s most popular beaches. Boasting a huge stretch of golden sand, great surf and with it being easily accessible from the small seaside town – what’s not to love!

One of its huge selling points, is that it’s home to the UK’s only ‘bar on the beach’ – The Watering Hole.

With The Watering Hole branding itself as ‘a beach bar/restaurant with a simple menu of burgers, snacks and pies’, it stands proudly at the entrance to Perranporth Beach.

It’s the perfect spot to grab lunch with the family, and sit with the sand between your toes. It also hosts regular live music!

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Welcome to Perranporth Beach Cornwall
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The Watering Hole – the UK’s only bar on the beach!
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The king of the Estrella throne outside The Watering Hole
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Off exploring Perranporth Beach

The Beach Itself

Down to the beach, and it backs right onto the village, making it pretty convenient for families with children. As they can literally step out of the car, and straight onto the sand.

Another major plus factor of Perranporth Beach is the sheer size of it! With over 2 miles of sand available you certainly won’t be fighting to put your towel down.

At low tide the beach really shows its full capacity. Extending from Droskyn Point, to Penhale Point, and at the Southern end (just out from The Watering Hole) you can also find Chapel Rock.

Chapel Rock is fifty foot high, and boasts it’s own small tidal bathing pool, whilst proudly waving Saint Piran’s Flag (the flag of Cornwall) for all the beach to see.

Lifeguard cover runs from May until the 30th of September. Dogs are allowed all year round, however must be kept on leads between July and August, 9am – 5pm.

There are a few other facilities around Perranporth Beach including accommodation on the beach. However with the town just a stones throw away, anything you need will be within arms reach.

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Lauren dragging Charlie over to Chapel Rock
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The beach is so large, there’s space for everyone
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Climbing Chapel Rock at Perranporth Beach
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Standing proudly with the Saint Piran’s Flag on top of Chapel Rock
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The view overlooking Chapel Rock tidal pool

Where To Stay In Newquay

Luxury – The Headland Hotel and Spa – Overlooking Fistral Beach, this stylish Victorian hotel features a spa, surf school, golf course and a sea-view terrace. The spacious 4-star bedrooms have free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. All rooms feature a cosy seating area, work desk and a modern bathroom. The leisure facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools. While the spa includes a steam room, sauna, and hot tub. Guests can also work out in the fully equipped gym. There are two restaurants on site, where guests can choose between a candlelit restaurant or a beach view terrace. Afternoon teas are available, and the hotel is a 10-minute walk from Newquay centre. 

Mid-Budget – Carnmarth Hotel – The Carnmarth Hotel boasts sea views overlooking Fistral Beach. The hotel is within a 10-minute walk from Newquay town centre. Some bedrooms offer views of the sea, and each room has an en-suite shower and a flat-screen TV. The C-view bar and terrace serves coffees and cocktails, where guests are able to watch sunset over the Atlantic sea. Newquay coach station is just 0.6 miles from Carnmarth Hotel, while Newquay railway station is 1 miles away.

Budget – Legacy Hotel Victoria – Boasting a majestic location on the cliffs of Newquay looking out over the bay, this hotel has both English and Mexican restaurants and an indoor pool with sea views. The shops of Newquay’s centre are less than 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel. All rooms feature satellite TV, and guests can enjoy free tea and coffee in the room. There’s a private bathroom, and many rooms boast lovely sea views. There’s a sauna, heated pool and a spa bath for guests to relax in. Guests can also exercise in the small gym.

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