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Visiting Crantock Beach

A view of the beach and sea from the dunes at Crantock Beach, Cornwall
The beach at Crantock | © National Trust Images/Hilary Daniel

We look forward to welcoming you to Crantock and nearby Holywell beaches. Both places are popular and can get extremely busy during peak times. Here you'll find information on parking, toilets and more. To help your visit go as smoothly as possible, please follow our guidance when planning your day.


The National Trust car park at Crantock Beach can quickly fill and be busy throughout the day. We have limited spaces so, if the Trust car park is full, please either park in one of the private car parks (charges apply to all) or come back another time.

The approach road is narrow and has double yellow lines. Please maintain access for emergency services.

We want everyone to have an enjoyable visit, so to avoid disappointment suggest having an alternative in mind should you not be able to park. There are non-Trust car parks in the area and ideas of other beaches can be found on the Visit Cornwall website. You can also find ideas of alternatives to a day at the beach there and which can be less busy over the summer period. Trerice is a National Trust house and garden, just a few miles from Newquay.

The bus to Crantock Beach

When planning your day out, why not consider other ways of getting to the coast? A local bus stops in the centre of the village and it’s approximately a 10-minute walk to the beach.


Toilet facilities are limited at Crantock Beach and plans are being worked on to improve them. Please don't put litter in the sanitary bins but take it away with you instead. In doing so, you’ll help us keep Crantock the beautiful place it is.

Take your litter home

The visitor welcome team work hard caring for Crantock Beach, keeping it pleasant for both the people who visit and the wildlife that call it home.

With this in mind, we ask everyone to leave the site as they would hope to find it – full of good memories and free from litter.

Staying safe

RNLI lifeguard cover is in place from 4 May to 29 September, 2024 (10am until 6pm). They are also providing some cover outside of the main season. Please check here for full details: RNLI lifeguard cover at Crantock. The RNLI strongly advise that visitors should only swim when lifeguards are on duty and obey the flags that are put up on the beach showing where and when it is safe to enter the water. More information can be found here.

Making the most of your visit

We kindly ask that you follow these guidelines when you visit: 

  • If the car park is full please respect the local area and find alternative parking or visit another time. We ask that you do not park on approach roads or nearby verges as this could block access for emergency vehicles.
  • Park sensibly considering others' access needs
  • Take your rubbish home to recycle responsibly after your visit
  • Be kind to each other and always keep dogs under control
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Things to see and do at Crantock Beach 

Explore Crantock Beach and the surrounding area, with plenty to do on your visit from a relaxing walk to surfing amongst the waves. Find out how to make the most of your time and information on staying safe.

A small dog on the lead standing at the beach

Visiting Crantock Beach with your dog 

Crantock Beach is a one pawprint rated place, and a great place for a walk with your dog. Take a look at these top tips to make the most of your visit.