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 the summer holiday is all about. There are lots of beaches to explore in Cornwall, here are some that are looked after by the National Trust that are family friendly and ideal to spend your holidays making memories.

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

Catching a crab


Sweep unspoilt surf beach, best at low tide to enjoy miles of sand, rock pools and twisted cliffs. A perfect picnic spot, or head to the café, open during the summer months.

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, watch wildlife and boats or sit and read Glendurgan's guidebook. You'll find tide times at the garden entrance and also outside the Fish Cellar in the middle of Durgan village.

Over looking the beach at Dollar Cove, Gunwalloe, Penrose


There are two family friendly sandy beaches, divided by a rocky headland. For young explorers there are rock pools to explore and a great spot for a drink or snack.

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.

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 long stretch of golden sand, a perfect escape from the crowds at Newquay. Great spot for sandcastles and swimming.


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.