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Perranporth (Cornish: Porthperan) is small seaside resort on the north coast of Cornwall, England. The village's modern name comes from Porth Peran, which is Cornish for the cove of Saint Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall. He founded St Piran's Oratory on Penhale Sands near Perranporth in the 7th century. Buried under sand for many centuries, it was unearthed in the 19th century.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

Coming from Exeter, take the A30 continuing past Bodmin and turn off onto the B3285 for a short drive on the back roads to the coast.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is Newquay Airport (NQY IATA), which has daily flights to London Heathrow.

By train[edit]

The nearest station is at Newquay which is on a branch line which splits off at Par station from the main line between Exeter and Penzance. Trains are every 2 hours, but this may be seasonal. Alternatively, take a train to Bodmin Parkway and a bus connection from Bodmin to Perranporth. The timetables of these buses are designed to fit around the big trains arriving (according to Wikipedia)

Get around[edit]

Perranporth is just a large village, so most of the points of interest to the tourist are in walking distance of the beach and St Piran's road.Portheras Cove


  • Impressive rock formations along beach
  • Portheras Cove, beach on the way back to St Ives along N coast


  • Perranporth beach is a large stretch of golden sand, edged by impressive rocky cliffs.
  • Chapel Rock Pool is an open air bathing pool sitting on the beach next to Chapel Rock. It was created by adding a couple of concrete walls abutting the rock to enclose a shallow pool. The water is refilled daily by the high tides.
  • Perranzabuloe Museum



  • There are a few seaside restaurants and bars alongside the beach, and cafes along St Piran's Road


  • Seiners Arms on the beachfront


Seiners Arms on the beachfront

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