Kennack Sands Beach

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  • Kennack Sands
  • Kennack Sands East beach
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    Kennack Sands sits on the more sheltered eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula, not far from the tip. Despite its fairly remote location it is very popular - testimony to what a superb family beach this is.

    With masses of sand (at low tide), a stream and rock pools a plenty kids love Kennack Sands. There are also plenty of facilities including toilets and a cafe right by the beach to make your visit easier. 

    With its south easterly aspect Kennack Sands is often quite sheltered from the wind, and considerably warmer than west coast beaches. This also means it can be a popular option for surfers when everywhere else is too windy. Most of the summer though it is a great spot for learning to surf.

    The beach here is divided into what are referred to as Kennack Sands West and Kennack Sands East and become more-or-less separate at high tide. Dividing the two is a rocky outcrop called the Caerverracks which are home to a number of rockpools.

    To the eastern end of the beach are the remains of a number of World War II defences. There are pill boxes on the hillside and a quite extensive anti-tank wall running along the back of the beach.

    This area backing this end of the beach is designated a nature reserve and is home to many species of flora and fauna that only flourish in this unique coastal habitat. 

    Dogs allowed on eastern part of beach.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service

    Seasonal RNLI lifeguard cover - weekends 19 May - 6 July and daily 7 July - 2 September

    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed all year on the East beach (furthest from car park). However, no dogs on the main beach from 1st July to 31st August / 10am to 6pm

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    TR12 7LT

    OS grid ref.

    SW 7363 1653


    Large car park, shop, café and toilets.


    Large car park at beach.

    Kennack Sands Beach Reviews (7)

    Have been coming here since I was 21. Am now 71. Still enjoying my Holliday's here.

    raymond leech

    Sep 24th 2021

    Lovely place to Holliday, always enjoy my time here.


    Aug 11th 2019

    Beautiful big sand bay, bit more hidden that the other more touristy options.  The second beach is much quieter bit more of a walk but worth it. Sea is clean and pretty safe.

    Britain's Most Southerly Beach


    Aug 25th 2020

    This is Britain’s most southerly beach, with car park, toilets, amenities and the great Turbo’s Cafe. Lovely sand with safe bathing, excellent rock-pools and easy access. There are several places to stay close by and the people down there are nice and helpful.

    Aug 11th 2019

    Love Kenneck sands it’s a lovely beach been there so many times
    I always feel relaxed when I visit there can . Also love Turbo’s cafe you can get a great latte there and a food breakfast

    Perfect Spot

    Ashley Robert Nield

    Sep 05th 2022

    As far as British beaches go I think this is as good as it gets. Two stretches of sand divided by a rocky bluff. The easterly one is dog-friendly, the westerly is not. The westerly has life guards, two cafes, toilets and a small car park. There are rock pools to explore near the bluff. I was camping with my daughter, her friend and her mum at Silver Sands Campsite, a 10-minute walk away. (You can also drive it, as I did sometimes.) The girls (12) thought it was great and swam with gusto. No other commerciality to intrude on the peace and beauty of the scene. The beach is only about four miles from the southern tip of Britain at Lizard Point.

    A day at The beach

    Robert Taylor

    Aug 24th 2021

    We have stayed locally several times and enjoyed this beach.  Safe for kids and cafe and toilets onsite.  Road down is narrow so you need to be careful and be prepared to reverse if and when people walk up or down (which they will).  Only negative for me is the car parking attendants who were pretty rude to me and others I know.  Fitting parking meters now which will save them the cost of a customer service


    Charlotte Kennedy

    Aug 16th 2019

    Best beach in the world… You have everything you need there…. A dog beach also… Cafes serving gorgeous food…. A little stream at the back and Gorgeous cliff top walks and safe swimming!!!! Plus toilets and parking

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