Family beaches in Cornwall

If you are looking for a family friendly beach, looked after by the Trust, then you are sure to find something to suit here.


    At the most eastern tip of north Cornwall can be found the wide open spaces of Sandymouth. With a Trust car park, seasonal café, toilets, seasonal lifeguards, rock pools to explore and dogs welcome throughout the year, what more could the family want?

    Holywell and Crantock

    Get away from the crowds at Holywell and Crantock beaches, just a stone throw away from the busy beaches at nearby Newquay. Their unspoilt, golden sandy beaches are great for families, with Trust car parks, refreshments, toilets, seasonal lifeguards and dogs welcome throughout the year.

    Chapel Porth

    From an intimate rocky cove at high tide to a vast sandy beach at low tide, but make sure you don't get cut off by the tide. There's a Trust car park, seasonal toilets and lifeguards, and beach toys available from the car parking staff. If you visit the café you have to try their famous hedgehog ice cream.


    Awe-inspiring expanse of sandy beach around St Ives Bay, with cliffs rich in wildlife and history. Godrevy has a Trust car park, an extremely popular café, seasonal lifeguard and toilets, and a seasonal dog ban.

    Gunwalloe Church Cove

    In the lee of a rocky headland lies the sheltered sandy beach of Gunwalloe Church Cove, with a Trust car park , a refreshment kiosk (not Trust), seasonal toilets and lifeguard.


    A firm favourite for families on the west side of The Lizard near Mullion village, with a café and car park (not National Trust) and seasonal toilets.



    This secluded cove, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with its white sand and clear turquoise water, has seasonal toilets and a beach café, but do check the tides as the beach is completely covered by water at spring high tides.


    A classic horseshoe bay with golden sand and rock pools at low tide, there is car parking on the outskirts of Porthscatho (not National Trust), seasonal toilets and the Hidden Hut (National Trust concession) that has gained rave reviews for its food.


    Sand and shingle beach rich in wildlife and history, with sand dunes which make a great place to picnic, a car park and public toilets.