Porthgwidden Beach


Situated in the town of St. Ives on Cornwall’s north coast, Porthgwidden Beach is a small yet attractive beach that is well-known for its breathtaking surroundings and relaxing ambiance. This beach offers a serene haven with lovely views and a laid-back feel, nestled between the island’s headlands and the busy harbor. Since it’s a protected location, families especially like this beach since it offers a fun and safe space for kids to play in the shallow seas and mild waves. Sandcastle construction, beachcombing, and sunbathing are all excellent activities at the beach.

Excellent facilities at Porthgwidden Beach guarantee an easy and comfortable stay. Situated right above the beach, a café and restaurant provide mouthwatering meals, snacks, and drinks together with breathtaking views of the bay. There are small parking lots and public facilities close by, and the town of St. Ives has more services within a short stroll. Rentable beach huts enhance the allure and practicality of the beach for those wishing to spend an entire day there.

Other well-known St. Ives attractions, such as the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden and the well-known Tate St. Ives art gallery, are easily accessible by foot from Porthgwidden Beach. There are further options for exploration and enjoyment at the neighboring beaches of Porthmeor and Porthminster.

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About St Ives

A firm favourite with locals and visitors St Ives is a beautiful beach and harbour where tourists flock to enjoy the fabulous views and the harbour. The town sits directly above the harbour and is famous for not just the harbour but the gallery and museum too. St Ives is also well positioned on the north coast and is not too far from many other attractions such as Land’s End and the Minack Theatre. St Ives is also known for its Art culture and its branch of the Tate Gallery. In 2010, a BBC Four film, The Art of Cornwall, presented by James Fox said that the St Ives artists “went on to produce some of the most exhilarating art of the twentieth century…for a few dazzling years this place was as famous as Paris, as exciting as New York and infinitely more progressive than London.”

In more recent years St Ives has been awarded Best Seaside Town by the Guardian in 2007 and Best Seaside Town by The British Travel Awards both in 2010 and 2011. This absolute gem of a town is a must see when in Cornwall. The population of St Ives is around 11,000 but this rises dramatically in the summer months.

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