The Beach Guide

Carlyon Bay

  • Carlyon Bay

Set at the heart of St Austell Bay, Carlyon Bay is a stretch of almost 2 miles of coarse sand. Actually it isn't really sand but "stent", a mixture of waste from the tin and china clay industries - if you look closely you will see it is made up of large grains of grey quartz with the odd grain of tourmaline.

The section of beach here is actually divided into three sections - Crinnis, Shorthorn and Polgaver. Crinnis is the part most people refer to as Carlyon Bay.

Back in the day Carlyon Bay was St Austell's best known beach. Much of this was due to "Cornwall Coliseum", a huge entertainment venue that sat rather unsympathetically on the beach. Despite attracting many big name performers over the years the Coliseum closed its doors for the last time in 2003, after which time it became something of a decaying eyesore.

Over recent years there have been plans to redevelop the site including a £200 million complex. However, work has never really started as the project has be marred with objections.

Also known as:

Crinnis Beach

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dog ban in operation from Easter Sunday to September 30th

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OS grid ref.

SX 0582 5208


If the proposed development goes ahead there will be a host of facilities. As it stands they are somewhat limited.


Large car parks close to beach