Aerial view of Holywell beach

Important notice -

Holywell car park is open. You don't need to book but if the car park is full please come back another time. The toilets are open and there is lifeguard cover during weekends in October and from 17 October to 1 November.

A classic north Cornish beach with a sweep of golden sand and a towering dune system

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Autumn at Holywell

Holywell Beach

Hidden surprises at Holywell 

For its sheer diversity of landscape this group of National Trust places is hard to beat. Exposed rocky headlands, sandy surfing beaches, enormous dunes, common land, streamside habitats, a tidal estuary, mudflats and a patch of woodland area all found in one relatively small part of North Cornwall only a stone's throw from the popular resort of Newquay.

Characters from Poldark tv series

Real Poldark country 

Holywell was one of the backdrops for the BAFTA-winning TV series Poldark. Find out more about the filming that took place and how Cornwall became one of the stars of Poldark.


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Summer fields of wildflowers at West Pentire

West Pentire wows us with wildflowers 

The West Pentire arable fields near Newquay explode in a riot of red poppies and yellow corn marigolds in early summer. For a few weeks of the year visitors can be treated to the glorious sight of fields of wildflowers, all growing for nature.