Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Beaches near Penzance

Map featuring Penzance beaches. Click on pins to view beach details

The beach guide has 13 beaches listed in and around the town of Penzance.

  1. Penzance Promenade Beach

    Penzance Promenade Beach
    toilets beach cafe car park

    The beach in Penzance stretches for around a mile along the length of the Promenade. Mostly shingle with a few patches of sand there is only a beach here from mid to low tide. Low tide reveals a rocky landscape that should…

  2. Battery Rocks Beach

    Battery Rocks Beach
    dog friendly toilets beach cafe car park

    Like the neigbouring Promenade beach, Battery Rocks beach only exists on lower tides. Sitting between the historic South Pier and art deco Jubilee Pool this little stretch of sand and shingle is often overlooked. In fact…

  3. Wherrytown Beach

    Wherrytown Beach
    dog friendly car park

    Large pebble beach between Penzance and Newlyn. Safe swimming.

  4. Eastern Green Beach

    Eastern Green Beach
    dog friendly car park

    Penzance's east beach starts at the appropriately named Station Rocks and follows the curve of Mount's bay to Longrock. What used to be one of Cornwall's most polluted beaches is now almost as clean as any thanks to South…

  5. Newlyn Tolcarne Beach

    Newlyn Tolcarne Beach
    dog friendly car park good surf

    Mainly pebble beach with a little sand, immediately below Newlyn Green, and close to Newlyn Orion Gallery.

  6. Newlyn Beach

    Newlyn Beach
    dog friendly car park

    This small beach on the edge of Newlyn is just past the fish market and quays. Despite also being known as Sandy Cove there is little in the way of sand here. The name most likely harks back to a time when the harbour and…

  7. Mousehole Beach

    Mousehole Beach
    car park good surf

    Whilst being one of the prettiest fishing villages in Cornwall Mousehole is not renowned for it's beaches. However, there are two beaches here - a pebbly/rocky beach with a small pool on the Newlyn side of town, in front…

  8. Longrock Beach

    Longrock Beach
    dog friendly lifeguarded car park good surf

    A safe family beach with sand and pebbles. Favoured with Penzance locals as it is the most easily accessible stretch of sandy beach from town. Swimming here is particularly safe as it takes a lot of walking to get into even…

  9. Marazion Beach

    Marazion Beach
    lifeguarded car park good surf

    Despite being situated in front of the popular village of Marazion and having ample parking and amenities the beach never really gets that busy. Mostly sand with a few pebbly patches, Marazion beach is an ideal family beach…

  10. Lamorna Cove

    Lamorna Cove
    car park

    There is a small pebble beach below the quay at Lamorna Cove. Pleasant place to swim. The cove is on the coastal footpath between Mousehole and Porthcurno.

  11. Gurnards Head Beach

    Gurnards Head Beach
    dog friendly car park

    Not an area for family beaches. Treen Cove is a short distance east of the headland, overlooked by the crumbling Chapel Jane. There are remains of Iron Age ramparts on the headland itself. The place has an atmosphere all…

  12. St Loy's Cove

    St Loy's Cove
    dog friendly car park

    St Loy is perhaps best known for its wooded valley leading down to the coast. This is a beautiful walk any time of year, but is possibly at its best when bluebells carpet the floor in early Spring. It is at the bottom of…

  13. Porthmeor Cove

    Porthmeor Cove
    dog friendly car park nudist beach

    This secluded cove is set on the rugged West Cornwall coast between Land's End and St Ives. It is about as far removed from its namesake (Porthmeor beach) in St Ives as possible. Instead of the summer hordes it is a place…