There are so many stunning family friendly beaches in Cornwall. If you’re on holiday and don’t know the area, it can be a bit of a headache to find one that’s family friendly.

You may need one that has easy access for a pram or lots of ‘running about’ space. Maybe you want somewhere that has beach activities, toilets and even a place to eat. Look no further, I’ve rounded up my top 5 family friendly beaches:












A group of us Cornish bloggers have teamed up to present to you the best beaches in Cornwall, as voted by us. Thank you so much to Anna over at The Cornish Life for hosting this. Unfortunately, the poor quality pictures included in this post really do not do the beaches justice at all! But I can assure you, they’re all worth a visit.

1. Porthminster Beach – St. Ives

Porthminster has palm trees, white sands & translucent waters. It is so easy to believe that you’re somewhere tropical on a summers day here. If you fancy a bite to eat, Porthminster is home to Porthminster Beach Cafe, one of the most famous award winning beach restaurants in the UK. If you don’t fancy getting out of your swimmers though, there are two takeaways to choose from & if the weather permits, an outdoor bbq will be running. They have plenty of toilets & even have TWO beach shops in case you forget your bucket & spade!

Things to do: There is so much to do on this beach from hiring a deck chair, to playing mini golf. If you fancied trying your hand at a water sport, there are paddle boards, surfboards & kayaks to hire from St Ives Water Sports. During the summer holidays there is usually beach volleyball & tug of war games ongoing throughout the day.

Recommends: Parking is difficult to find in summer but I’d recommend parking in the vast car park at Lelant Saltings & enjoy the stunning scenic ten minute train ride into St. Ives. The train station is situated right next to the beach so you don’t need to walk very far when you arrive.

2. Porthcurno Beach – Porthcurno

A truly magical location. This remote beach is etched between stunning cliffs & it’s white sands & translucent waters make you feel like you’re abroad. This beach has a car park a short walk away, toilets & a little cafe. But don’t forget your bucket & spade as there aren’t many shops nearby!

Things to do: A great beach for simply relaxing on. There is a stream that runs through the beach that is ideal for younger children to paddle in. Right next to the beach is the world-famous ‘Minack Theatre’ & also the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. Both are must visits while you’re here.

Recommends: Looking around the ‘Minack Theatre’, the phenomenal outdoor theatre that is etched out of the cliff top. I would really recommend booking tickets to watch one of their family friendly open-air performances. Don’t forget your blankets & picnic though! It’ll be a night you will never forget.

3. Gyllyngvase Beach – Falmouth

Gyllyngvase beach, or ‘Gylly’ to the locals, is a ten minute walk from the centre of Falmouth & a five minute walk from Falmouth Town train station. With Blue Flag status, this family friendly beach is also home to the award winning Gylly Beach Cafe. It also has a take-away & beach shop, public toilets & a large car park right next to the beach.

Things to do: Gylly beach is a great place to try your hand at paddle boarding & is home to WeSUP, Cornwalls first ever paddle boarding centre. The friendly instructors do group lessons or you can hire individual board & wetsuits at your leisure.

Recommends: If you tire of all the beach activities, both Pendennis Castle & The Maritime Museum are only a ten minute walk away. Tennis courts are also situated right next to the beach for those who fancy trying out as the next Andy Murray.

4. Porthtowan Beach – Porthtowan

Surrounded by vast & impressive cliffs, this sandy beach stretches out to 1.5 miles at low tide. A frequent winner of the Blue flag award & located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this beach is a must see. With a beach shop, surf shop, toilets & a car park right next to the beach, it’s an easy choice for families to visit.

Things to do: There is a children’s play park situated at the top of the beach, ample amounts of sand to play on & watersports hire if you fancied a try at something new. As a popular surfing beach why not try out Porthtowan Surf School while you’re here? During low tide you can also walk to the neighbouring beach of Chapel Porth or if you tire of the sand, the beach backs onto the small town of Porthtowan where you can browse the beautiful local shops.

Recommends: Visiting the Blue-Bar beach side cafe, one of the best beach bars in Cornwall.
The beach even has it’s own website: Porthtowan Beach

5. Gwithian Towans – Hayle

Surrounded by wild grass, sand dunes & situated at the end of three miles of golden sands, Gwithian is certainly a stunning beach to visit. With a constant swell coming in from the Atlantic, this beach attracts a lot of surfers. With public toilets situated on the cliff by the lifeguard hut, a large car park & two cafes to choose from including Sunset Surf, this beach is great for families. The only negative is the steps down to the beach. Although wide enough for prams, I would recommend going buggy free unless you have a helping hand.

Things to do: A great beach for sports enthusiasts. Great surfing conditions makes this the perfect beach to try your hand at surfing or windsurfing. The beach is also home to kite buggying & has plenty of rock pools & caves to explore. For younger children, this is the perfect beach for kite flying!

Recommends: Visiting the adorable looking Jam Pot cafe, an old 19th century coastguard look out. Here you can enjoy home cooked snacks & take a break in their slightly more sheltered picnic area.

 All of these beaches are lifeguarded between May & September!

Find out what everyone else thinks! Check out the other Cornish Bloggers’ posts below:
Holly @ Full of Beans & Sausages: ‘My Top 5 Beaches in Cornwall
Anna @ The Cornish Life: ‘5 Best Beaches in Cornwall
Jess @ Jessica Cece: ‘Life’s a Beach’
Alice @ Wooden Windowsills: ‘5 Cornish Beaches You Should Visit This Summer’
Sam @ Strawberry Squeeze: ‘Top Running Beaches in Cornwall
Liv @ Maiden in Cornwall: ‘My 5 Favourite Cornish Beaches’
Abel @ Brainfood: ‘Top 10 Beaches for Summer 2015’



  1. North East Family fun
    May 15, 2015 / 8:02 am

    Wowzas – ALL of those beaches are stunning. We visited Cornwall a lot as a child and the beaches and little coves really are unique #thelist

    • Chloe
      May 16, 2015 / 6:28 am

      There are so many to explore. you should bring your children down one day. We feel so lucky they're so close to us. It's a great place to take our little one & just let her run free. x

  2. Anna
    May 15, 2015 / 10:16 am

    Yay! Your list is great 😀 we have 2 or 3 of the same ones hehe. I really need to check out Porthminster and Porthcurno though – I love your recommendations for all of them 🙂 xx

    • Chloe
      May 16, 2015 / 6:31 am

      Thank you so much! Thank you for hosting this too! Both of those two beaches look like somewhere abroad, they're really beautiful. I'm glad we all had a bit of variety but so many similar too. There were lots of places posted that i need to explore too! 😀 x

  3. Ting Dalton
    May 15, 2015 / 10:10 am

    I'm so glad you've compiled this list. I love Cornwall and have been so many times and not been to any of your top five. So now I have to make this my mission when we next return! I wish I was there now! #TheList

    • Chloe
      May 16, 2015 / 6:30 am

      Thank you! 😀 Honestly they're all equally stunning. But you must visit St. Ives if you've never been before for sure. 🙂 This is one out of 4 beaches in St. Ives & it's only a small beautiful town. x

  4. May 15, 2015 / 11:48 am

    Such a lovely post! Love the 'recommends' bit… it always sways me to visit somewhere when there's insider knowledge up for grabs! :p and hooray for the shout-out to WeSup! They're all such nice friendly people!
    Abel x

    • Chloe
      May 16, 2015 / 6:32 am

      Thank you! They were so kind & let me use one of their pictures. I need to go up & try them out that's for sure. It's surprising how much is available on each beach. xx

  5. woodenwindowsills
    May 15, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    I love how you've laid yours out! Also really nice idea to do it from a family perspective! A few of mine are definitely not buggy friendly! So many beautiful Cornish beaches, it's been so much fun reading through them all! Alice xxx

    • Chloe
      May 16, 2015 / 6:33 am

      Thank you so much! I love how much variety has been posted There are some new ones i've never visited that I'm definitely going to seek out this summer. 🙂 x

  6. Coombe Mill
    May 19, 2015 / 7:20 am

    So many lovely beaches here, I live here too and haven't visited any of your favourites yet. Plenty to choose from and helpful tips! #TriedTested

    • Chloe
      May 19, 2015 / 4:49 pm

      Oh you really need to! There are so many in Cornwall I've never been too as well. I'm thinking of exploring a few more in summer. We do live in such a BEAUTIFUL county. 🙂 xx

  7. Mummy Tries
    May 19, 2015 / 7:26 am

    Thanks so much for this! I'm desperate to visit Cornwall, so will bookmark this post #triedtested

    • Chloe
      May 19, 2015 / 4:50 pm

      That's ok. Thank you for bookmarking. Most of these are in West Cornwall (near the bottom). I would fully recommend my home town of St. Ives. It is so stunning I feel so grateful everyday to be here. x

  8. Kim Carberry
    May 19, 2015 / 9:34 am

    Oh wow! Those beaches are stunning! They look almost tropical! What a great list x

    • Chloe
      May 19, 2015 / 4:51 pm

      Thank you so much! My pictures actually really don't do the beaches justice either. We do feel like we live somewhere abroad on a hot day. Cornwall is well worth a visit if you've never been. 🙂 x

  9. Hayley: Sparkles and Stretchmarks
    May 19, 2015 / 11:54 am

    Such a handy list! We go to Cornwall a few times each year so we're always looking for new places to visit, I'll bookmark this! Our favourite beach find so far has been Lusty Glaze, difficult to get down to but so worth it! x

    • Chloe
      May 19, 2015 / 4:52 pm

      Lusty glaze is beautiful. These ones are all a bit further down, right near the bottom of Cornwall. But so worth that extra journey. I live in St. Ives (the no.1. beach is here) & I would fully recommend it to anyone visiting. Such a stunning, beautiful town, with four beaches to choose from. 🙂 xx

  10. 3 Princesses and 1 Dude
    May 19, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    Wow! Some truely stunning photo's and beaches off course! Cornwall is on my bucket list of places to visit whilst the kids are young, having never been before I will keep this list pinned ready for when we do get to visit! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday. We also have a pinboard and facebook page you can join and post to, just tweet us if you would like adding!

    • Chloe
      May 20, 2015 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you! It is really worth visiting, I might be biased because I live here, but it's beautifully stunning for adults & fun for little ones 🙂 x

  11. MummyTravels
    May 20, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    Just back from Cornwall and we had such a lovely time visiting beaches even on a short trip – including Gyllyngvase so I feel very smug! #triedtested

    • Chloe
      May 20, 2015 / 9:45 pm

      Haha I bet you do! I'm glad you had a lovely time. Falmouth is really beautiful. If I didn't live down here I think I'd have to come on holiday all the time! 😀 xx

  12. Hannah
    May 21, 2015 / 7:19 am

    This is so helpful, we're off to Cornwall in August and I don't know the area at all (what with it being basically in France compared to where we live!!) – bookmarked 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

    • Chloe
      May 21, 2015 / 7:21 pm

      I would 100% recommend googling & visiting St. Ives. I might be biased because it's my home town but it's such a beautiful town, with four beaches. The views are incredible, I feel so lucky to live here all the time. xx

  13. Leandra Bramham
    May 21, 2015 / 7:23 am

    I love Cornwall, such a beautiful place to visit.

    We'd really like you to join the #toddlerapprovedtuesday Facebook group so you can add your own posts each week too.

    Thanks so much for linking up to #toddlerapprovedtuesday this week x

  14. Kriss MacDonald
    May 22, 2015 / 9:51 am

    I'm going to have to pin this as I definitely want to take my kids to Cornwall – really helpful knowing where the best family beaches are when I plan a trip.

    • Chloe
      May 23, 2015 / 6:53 pm

      I absolutely adore living down here. I grew up here & always said I'd move back when I had children because it's so family friendly. It is really worth a trip with your little ones. There is so much to do for all the family 😀 And it's beautiful enough for the adults to think they're somewhere exotic, without the flights or price tag xx

  15. Colette B
    May 22, 2015 / 10:19 am

    They look utterly stunning. Why would you ever go abroad with a beach like that at home! I've never been to Cornwall before but it's on my list.
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x

    • Chloe
      May 23, 2015 / 6:54 pm

      Honestly, these pictures don't do half of the beaches justice at all. I feel so lucky everyday to live here. You must visit one day. On a really hot day you do feel like your somewhere exotic. Well worth a visit 😀 xx

  16. Kelly Taylor
    May 24, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Such a lovely place to live – you're very lucky. I've been to a few of these beaches on various holidays. I think Porthcurno is stunning but Gwithian will always have a piece of my heart. x


    • Chloe
      May 25, 2015 / 4:00 pm

      Thank you so much. If I didn't live here i'd definitely come on holiday all the time! It must be nice to come down here for a break. There are some stunning beaches x

  17. Brighton Mama
    May 25, 2015 / 9:32 am

    Such stunning beaches in Cornwall. This post makes me want to move there 🙂
    Our Seaside Baby

    • Chloe
      May 25, 2015 / 4:01 pm

      So stunning. It's such an amazing place to grow up in & then raise your little one in. It's so nice to just let them run freely on the beach 😀 x

  18. May 28, 2015 / 7:02 am

    Book marked! We’re off to Cornwall in August, so this is so helpful once again! I’m sending it to my in-laws as we speak 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

    • May 29, 2015 / 8:11 am

      Oh yay! i hope you have a great time & this list helps. We are lucky, there are so many beautiful beaches to choose from. x

  19. June 3, 2015 / 9:26 am

    Those beaches all look fantastic! You are lucky to have so many lovely options. #KidsCorner x

    • June 7, 2015 / 2:41 pm

      Thank you so much. We feel so grateful everyday to live here. It’s so convenient for little ones too. x

  20. Hannah
    June 3, 2015 / 4:45 pm

    Two of my favourite beaches in here! Gwithian and Porthcurno. Although we go further down than the main beach at Porthcurno down a death defying climb to a quieter beach. I also love St Ives but haven’t been to this bit of beach before. The view over it is my phone screensaver though.

    • June 7, 2015 / 2:35 pm

      Yay! 😀 The beach by Porthcurno is beautiful too. It was so hard to just narrow it down to 5. Porthminster is really worth visiting. Lots of people go to the beach on the otherside of St. Ives but I do adore this one. Well worth a visit. x

  21. June 4, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    What a great list of beaches! I’m hoping to stop briefly in Cornwall enroute to Scilly Isles in a few weeks so need the inspiration – definitely going to be coming back to your posts too for future visits. #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • June 7, 2015 / 2:32 pm

      The Scilly Isles are BEAUTIFUL. You will fall in love. 😀 Thank you so much for your comment. If you’re boarding a boat in Penzance, or taking a flight from Lands End, you’ll be quite close to the no.1 & no.5 on this list (only about 20 minutes away!). x

  22. June 5, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    I adore that whole area of the country, I really do. We’ve always said on our visits ‘when we retire…’ – talk about thinking ahead, LOL.

    Some wonderful beaches here – I know Porthcurno, but the others are new to me. We’re not huge beachy people but do love the Cornish coast, especially the Atlantic side so will be fun for us to check some of these out to check out the next time we’re down that way.


    • June 7, 2015 / 2:39 pm

      Porthcurno is stunning. I may be biased, but St. Ives is beautiful. Even the town & the surrounding area. x

  23. June 6, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    I’m sad to say that I have never been to Cornwall, but these beaches make me desperate to visit! Just beautiful 🙂 #brillblogposts

    • June 6, 2015 / 10:36 pm

      Honestly you need to visit. I’m not just biased because I love here either. It’s such a stunning part of the country and you really feel like you’re abroad, especially on a warm day x

  24. June 7, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    Some fabulous choices – having spent a lot of time in Cornwall during my lifetime I think I have visited all of these and agree wholeheartedly with Porthminster Beach. It is lovely and my eldest had her first experience of a beach there so it will always have fond memories for me. Thank you such much for sharing on #SummerDays. Hope to see you next week.

    • June 9, 2015 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much! It is my home town & home beach so I may be biased putting it at number one, but it is an incredible beach. Cornwall is a great place to come on holiday. If I didn’t live here I’d be down ALL the time! 😀 I love that your children love it too. Eventually they’ll probably holiday here with their children & so on 😀 x

  25. June 9, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Great list, Cornwall is such a beautiful place I was down there just yesterday st.Ives is stunning thanks for sharing on #kidscorner x

    • June 9, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      Aww thank you! I hope you had a great holiday! 😀 You came at the right time, the weather has just gotten nice. 😀 x

  26. June 9, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    What a fab idea for a series! I wish I lived closer to Cornwall it looks absolutely stunning!! Thank you for sharing in #KidsCorner x

    • June 10, 2015 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you for hosting. It really is stunning, well worth a holiday! 😀 x

  27. June 10, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    This is a great list! I definitely plan on taking some trips down this way in the future and I’ll be sure to visit some of these beautiful beaches! Thanks for linking up with the #summerdays linky xxx

    • Chloe
      August 13, 2015 / 10:02 am

      Thank you Katie. I hope you get to visit soon! 🙂 x

  28. July 26, 2015 / 9:43 am

    Its so sad how us Brits overlook the beautiful places that are in our own country. I love Cornwall and only get to visit family and friends there about once each year. This year, in Sept we are visiting ‘A Cornish Mum’, a lovely friend and she promises to take us to a beach 🙂 might bump into you there! Nice post xx #SundayStars

    • July 27, 2015 / 6:24 pm

      Cornwall definitely looks like it’s somewhere exotic on a lovely day. Oh you’re visiting at just the right time then. September is always so lovely. It’s really warm but goes so quiet when everyone goes back to school. Lots of space on the beach! 😀 I hope you have fun with Stevie! xx

  29. July 27, 2015 / 9:35 am

    It’s great to see Cornish beaches and make me miss home a little. Thanks for sharing on #SundayStars

    • July 27, 2015 / 6:57 pm

      Are you from Cornwall too? Thank you so much for your comment. 🙂 x

      • July 29, 2015 / 7:17 am

        yes we used to live in St Germans 🙂

  30. August 3, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    Those beaches are all gorgeous. I love a trip to the seaside. I really want a holiday to a beach now. And Cornwall is perfect for family holidays. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • August 3, 2015 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂 It really is perfect for family holidays. I hope you manage to get to a beach soon! x

  31. September 10, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve just ordered a planner and am hoping it helps me get more organised. #BrilliantBlogPosts 🙂

      • September 11, 2015 / 8:13 am

        I’ve just noticed I commented on the wrong post! I was using my mobile and had some strangeness going on at the time – sorry about that! xx

        • September 12, 2015 / 1:15 pm

          haha that’s ok. I knew what you meant. 😀 x

  32. September 14, 2015 / 9:54 am

    That is such a great idea! & So good of you to do a list for us family. I really like the sound of the isolated Porthcurno beach. Sound perfect! It is a must visit for me next time we are in Cornwall I think. 🙂

    • September 14, 2015 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you so much Su. Honestly Porthcurno is stunning! You must try and watch a play at the Minack Theatre if you visit the beach. The theatre is outdoors and overlooks the sea and is absolutely incredible (you really should google it). They do plays for children too and you can take a picnic so it’s the perfect family day out. x

      • September 21, 2015 / 9:54 am

        Wow! I love the sound of pinic at the outdoor Minack Theatre too! Sounds great! x

        • September 21, 2015 / 8:36 pm

          Thank you! It’s incredible. You should definitely google it to get some amazing pictures. I hope you get to visit one day x

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