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.
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.
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)
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
- 1 Perran Round. Perran Round (also known as St Piran's Round) is an amphitheatre in the hamlet of Rose, midway between the villages of Goonhavern and Perranporth, Cornwall, UK. It is described as the best surviving example of a plen-an-gwary, a medieval amphitheatre used for performing the Ordinalia, or Cornish miracle plays.
- 2 Perranzabuloe Museum, Ponsmere Rd, TR6 0BW. volunteer run local history museum.
- 1 Perranporth beach. is a large stretch of golden sand, edged by impressive rocky cliffs. RNLI Lifeguard on duty May - September.
- 2 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.
- Perranporth has a small selection of shops including two Co-op foodstores, Boots chemist and a butcher.
- 1 Piran Surf, 38 St Pirans Rd, TR6 0BJ. wetsuits and surfing equipment.
- There are a few seaside restaurants and bars alongside the beach, and cafes along St Piran's Road
- 1 Perranporth Inn, 36 St Pirans Rd, TR6 0BJ. mains £7 - £15.
- 1 Seiners Arms (on the beachfront). hotel, bar and restaurant.
- 2 The Watering Hole. A bar on the beach, with food and live music.