Family friendly beaches in Cornwall

Holiday memories are made at the beach, swimming in the sea, building sand castles and going rock pooling is what summer is all about. There are lots of beaches to explore in Cornwall, here are some that are looked after by the National Trust to help you pick your next day out.

Catching a crab


An unspoilt beach near Bude, ideal for surfing and best at low tide to enjoy miles of sand, rock pools and twisted cliffs. A perfect picnic spot, or head to the café (not National Trust).

The sun goes down over Poldhu beach


With a surf school, cafe and large sandy beach you can see why Poldhu is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors

View of Durgan Village and its beach backed by woodland

Durgan beach 

The sunny, sheltered, south-facing beach at Durgan is a mixture of pebbles, rockpools and sand. It's a peaceful place to play and watch wildlife and boats on the Helford River. You'll find tide times at the garden entrance.

Lansallos beach


A long stretch of unspoilt coast near Fowey, with a woodland walk from the car park and a play trail all the way down to the beach. Ideal for a walk and picnic on the beach.

Carne beach

Carne and Pendower 

Popular sandy beaches on the Roseland peninsula. A seasonal tea van at Carne is the perfect excuse for a cup of tea and a treat for lunch time.

Holywell Bay, Cornwall


Sandy dunes and a long stretch of golden sand, a great spot for sandcastles and surfing.


Miles of coast paths, sandy beaches, exotic gardens and a rich mining history. Cornwall's varied landscape offers a rich variety for summer days out.