Cornwall Information & Accommodation Guide
Rock arches at Perranporth
Sunset at Perranporth
Perranporth is a small town with a big reputation. Situated on Cornwall's North coast Perranporth has a splendid beach of golden sand which is 3 miles in length.
Surfing is very popular here and the town becomes a haven for visiting surfers during many seasons of the year.
There are opportunites for a range of sporting activites very closeby including golf.
There is a large car park with toilet facilities direcly in front of the beach and other car parking within the town.
The name derives from the name of the Saint. Please see below.
Perranporth in History
Perranporth's history is a mixture of mining and its association with the Patron Saint of Cornwall, St Piran.
The cliffs on the left side of the beach are full of the relics of the mining which took place here. Many holes cut into the rock which are known in Cornwall as adits are visible. But care should be taken in trying to explore the adits and the right equipment is essential for any exploration.
St Piran, who is celebrated in Cornwall annually on St Piran's day, March 5th, had his oratory here in the sand dunes known as Penhale Sands above the beach.
The Oratory is now buried in the sands to protect it but the ruins of one of the churches dedicated to St Piran are still visible and attract numerous visitors. A cross marks the site of the original Oratory and many visitors make their pilgrimage to the site of this most famous of Celic saints.
Perranporth has a beautiful annual display of Christmas Lights which are switched on during the first weekend of December.
Local facilities include restaurants, pubs,cafe-bars, a post office, mini-markets and a variety of beach shops including those for surfing equipment hire.
In addition there are several hotels and guest houses. For holiday accommodation in and around Perranporth see Perranporth accommodation listings below or for accommodation near Perranporth visit our Cornwall Accommodation.
Perranporth Tourist Information Centre
Open all year around, 6 days a week.
8 Tywarnhayle Square, Perranporth, Cornwall, TR6 0ER
Tel: +44 (0)1872 575254
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On the north coast of Cornwall. Perranporth is easily accessible from the A30 via the A3075 and the B3284. It is well signposted from the Chiverton Cross roundabout.
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