Holywell Bay Beach
Holywell Bay Beach
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  • Joanne R
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The clearest bluest sea
    Just stunning, it actually was as lovely as the photos make out. Sea was perfectly clear, beach was massive at low tide. Wish we had taken a picnic as limited choices of food and drink nearby. Also see review of gulls rest!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Floren L
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended!
    What a fantastic beach! As you travel down from the National Trust car park, there are dunes and a small stream that you can pitch up at for the day. When we went, there was a surf hire van on the beach. There was also a van selling drinks and sausage rolls - please note that is was cash only! There are no toilets on the beach, you will have to make the trip back towards the car park. Even with that in mind, I’d highly recommend this beach to everyone!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Steve_Lincs1
    Lincoln, United Kingdom1,286 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect, clean beach with stunning scenery
    Holywell Bay is one of my favourite places, and I believe one of the best beaches in Cornwall. We stayed at the local Parkdean site which is a 10 minute walk onto the sand and really convenient for a regular beach visit on holiday. The beach itself has a reasonably large National Trust car park as well as a small private car park next to a café onto the beach. The beach is lifeguarded in high season and the sand is spotless with no litter inside throughout. Are we there. There are caves rock pools and dunes enough for every interest. We hired a surfboard from our holiday site. However, the waves on this occasion were quite time to say the least, however, I have seen them much better. I would recommend for surfing that a trip to Perranporth or Newquay in other direction would give better surf. The south-west coastal Path runs through Holywell Bay and it is a great walk up onto the cliffs and around to Perranporth, and also in the other direction to Polly joke beach and Crantock beyond. A beautiful beach with stunning scenery over Gold rocks that is regularly used as a filming location for Poldark and other TV productions.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • SWH100
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,088 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous bay for a swim
    Visited early evening when the sun was shining and we had a really nice swim in the sea. Really beautiful and clean beach. Lots of swimmers, surfers and body boarders out. Nice little cafe and pub to get a drink and ice cream too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
  • baranowska
    Bath, United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Sandy beach
    This is such a lovely unspoiled beach with a vast expanse of sand meaning that even when it gets busy here you can still have a bit of privacy. There is a big national trust car park and the walk to the beach from there is only about 5 minutes. If you visit, try and avoid the Gull Rock Cafe (you will pass it on your walk down) it’s overpriced, the food is very average and the menu is very limited.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Arran7225
    London, United Kingdom75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views and scenery
    We always return to Holywell Bay on every visit to Cornwall. It’s one of the nicest beaches I have been to in this country and abroad! Would recommend if you’re staying anywhere in Cornwall and you like the sand and sea you give it a visit, highly doubt you would be disappointed!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2024
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Arran7225
London, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We always return to Holywell Bay on every visit to Cornwall. It’s one of the nicest beaches I have been to in this country and abroad!
Would recommend if you’re staying anywhere in Cornwall and you like the sand and sea you give it a visit, highly doubt you would be disappointed!
Written 26 March 2024
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jack
England, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This beach is so gorgeous, the sand dunes and pools are water are so so nice, I love how there’s lots of beautiful natural caves, and rivers and waterfalls surrounding the dunes. It creates such an amazing beach. The beach and water also unbelievably clean.
Written 3 February 2024
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Tracey A
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Absolutely amazing break with family. We stayed in one of the Kelsey's was immaculate,and the views are stunning of the sand dunes.
Written 17 January 2024
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baranowska
Bath, UK108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This is such a lovely unspoiled beach with a vast expanse of sand meaning that even when it gets busy here you can still have a bit of privacy. There is a big national trust car park and the walk to the beach from there is only about 5 minutes. If you visit, try and avoid the Gull Rock Cafe (you will pass it on your walk down) it’s overpriced, the food is very average and the menu is very limited.
Written 15 September 2023
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SWH100
Cardiff, UK1,088 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Visited early evening when the sun was shining and we had a really nice swim in the sea. Really beautiful and clean beach. Lots of swimmers, surfers and body boarders out. Nice little cafe and pub to get a drink and ice cream too.
Written 9 September 2023
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Matthew F
Leicester, UK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Stunning bay with a beautiful beach will definitely go again when next in Cornwall fed with a fresh stream, kids love it wash the dog down.
Written 7 September 2023
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Steve_Lincs1
Lincoln, UK1,286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Holywell Bay is one of my favourite places, and I believe one of the best beaches in Cornwall. We stayed at the local Parkdean site which is a 10 minute walk onto the sand and really convenient for a regular beach visit on holiday.

The beach itself has a reasonably large National Trust car park as well as a small private car park next to a café onto the beach. The beach is lifeguarded in high season and the sand is spotless with no litter inside throughout. Are we there. There are caves rock pools and dunes enough for every interest.

We hired a surfboard from our holiday site. However, the waves on this occasion were quite time to say the least, however, I have seen them much better. I would recommend for surfing that a trip to Perranporth or Newquay in other direction would give better surf.

The south-west coastal Path runs through Holywell Bay and it is a great walk up onto the cliffs and around to Perranporth, and also in the other direction to Polly joke beach and Crantock beyond.

A beautiful beach with stunning scenery over Gold rocks that is regularly used as a filming location for Poldark and other TV productions.
Written 28 August 2023
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James
Cefn-y-bedd, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Amazing views, clean and area of beauty

Lots of lovely and friendly people, loved that I couldn’t get a phone signal, peace!
Written 23 August 2023
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Floren L
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
What a fantastic beach! As you travel down from the National Trust car park, there are dunes and a small stream that you can pitch up at for the day. When we went, there was a surf hire van on the beach. There was also a van selling drinks and sausage rolls - please note that is was cash only!

There are no toilets on the beach, you will have to make the trip back towards the car park. Even with that in mind, I’d highly recommend this beach to everyone!
Written 19 August 2023
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Brownpants52
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Love Holywell Bay beach x

Long beach, clean and dog friendly.

Take the dogs down in the morning for a run whilst not too hot or busy, then back down with the kids for some body boarding x
Written 15 August 2023
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