British Beaches

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Porthcurno Beach

Penzance, Cornwall

The beach is set in an idyllic cove. It has golden white sand with striking cliffs as a backdrop. It is popular with both locals and tourists and can be good for surfing on occasions.

Beach Type



First aid post
Lost child centre and cafe


A fickle surf break that can offer good quality
Heavy tubes

Nature and Wildlife

There is a coastal footpath to Logan Rock and beyond.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily during the bathing season by Penwith District Council but there are no litter bins on the beach.


Dogs are banned from Easter to October.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre Station Rd Penzance Cornwall TR18 2NF. Tel: 01736 362207. E-mail: Web:


Nearest town: Penzance
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.0427, -5.65004
Postcode: TR19 6JU
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Penzance, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


Take the A30 towards Lands End. Turn off for St. Buryan (B3283) and follow the signs to Porthcurno. There is an access path from the car park to the beach with some steps.

Public Transport

Nearest train station is Penzance. Bus route 504

Nearest Railway Stations

Penzance (Approx. 8 miles away)
St Erth (Approx. 13 miles away)
Lelant Saltings (Approx. 13 miles away)
Lelant (Approx. 13 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Parking for around 100 cars is available. There is a fee for using the car park.

Nearby Car Parks

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Porthcurno, Penzance (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Lands End, Sennen (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Cove Hill, Sennen (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Sennen Cove, Sennen (Unknown stay).
About 3.4 miles away
Chapel Carn Brea, Penzance (Unknown stay).
About 3.8 miles away
St Peters Hill, Newlyn (Long stay).
About 6.1 miles away
Duke Street, Newlyn (Short stay).
About 6.2 miles away
Wherrytown, Penzance (Long stay).
About 6.8 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Penzance