Porthtowan Beach

Porthtowan is another of Cornwall's great North coast beaches which grows exponentially in size as the tide goes out. At low tide the beach stretches nearly 1.5 miles to include Chapel Porth beach and cliffs below the iconic Wheal Coates engine house. Set in a valley, high cliffs provide some shelter from cross shore breezes as well as offering some great vistas up the coast.

As a frequent winner of the Blue Flag award Porthtowan beach has all the qualities and amenities one would expect. Good food can be found at the beachside "Blue Bar" and there is a village shop a couple of minutes walk up the road.

Porthtowan has a seasonal lifeguard service making it a great all round family beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard cover: Easter bank holiday, weekends during April, daily from 5 May to 30 September and weekends during October

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. Dogs not allowed on beach from 15th May to 30th September / 10am to 6pm

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Disabled access

Plenty of facilities at this Blue Flag beach along with easy, level access from beachside car park



OS grid ref.

SW 6918 4805


Blue Flag Award

Porthtowan Beach Reviews


Jul 21st 2021

Loads of dogs running around off lead yesterday afternoon.

Great beach always clean. Blue bar/ cafe and ice creams

Jun 30th 2021

Porthtowan is a great family / surfing town to visit. Plenty of accommodation from camping and glamping, to huge houses with fabulous views.
The beach is clean and has life guards throughout the summer.
Several cafes and bars close to the beach provide a great choice of food and drink. Lovely ice cream shop. Bucket and spades and surfboard / wetsuit hire.

Easy to get to Truro or St. Agnes for a day trip if staying in Porthtowan.


May 23rd 2019

what a really great family friendly beach. great surf, sandy beach, large car park very close. And the Blue is a special bar & restaurant offering an amazing view plus really good food.