Planning your visit to Crantock Beach and Holywell

Crantock Beach, Cornwall

We look forward to welcoming you to Crantock and nearby Holywell beaches. Here you'll find lots of information to help plan your visit.

Here are some of the key things to bear in mind before your visit.


National Trust car parks at Crantock Beach and Holywell are open and there is no need to book. Parking is free for National Trust members and National Trust for Scotland members as well as Blue Badge holders. Please note we only accept cash payments and the pay and display machines don't accept notes or issue change. You can also pay using PayByPhone. We suggest downloading the App before you visit as mobile reception can be patchy.

Prices for non-members are:

£2 up to 1hr

£4 up to 4hrs

£8 all day

Winter charges (1 November - 28 February)

£1 up to 1hr

£2 up to 4hrs

£4 all day


The public toilets at both Crantock Beach car park and Holywell are open daily. We ask that you observe the guidelines displayed and for your understanding as the toilets will be closed during cleaning.

Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard cover is in place at Crantock Beach and Holywell from May until September. Please check back for 2022 dates. Here is more guidance on how to stay safe at Crantock and Holywell.

Crantock height barrier

There is a height barrier at Crantock which is open from 9am until 5pm when the car park is manned. Please check back for 2022 dates. We remind visitors that the barrier is closed overnight with no out of hours opening service. It remains closed over the winter.

Surf schools

Big Green Surf School at Crantock offers surf and stand up paddle-board lessons as well as hire. Holywell Bay School of Surf and Cornwall Surf Academy also offer lessons at Holywell. All are independent surf schools and the only outdoor providers licensed by the Trust to operate at these beaches. More information can be found here.


There are seasonal refreshments available at both beaches.

Cargo Coffee (not National Trust) offer a takeaway selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, homemade cakes, pastries and ice cream from their quirky truck on the beach at Crantock.

St Agnes Ices (not National Trust) are at Holywell and offer ice cream, hot and cold drinks and snacks from the beach.


What should I do with my rubbish? The Trust spends thousands of pounds every year removing beach waste carried onto the beach from the sea. Please help us by taking away with you any litter brought to the beach. Thank you.

We hope you enjoy your visit.