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Perranporth Tourist Information

Perranporth Guide and History

The town of Perranporth, once a small tin mining village, is now becoming a major holiday resort. Set in beautiful countryside, it has a three mile long beach with coastal paths along the dramatic cliffs that hold back the Atlantic.

The town attracts surfers and land yachters as well as being a great destination for families, with lifeguard watch during the summer season. There are caves to explore, and beautiful wild flowers and rare birds to be spotted.

A lovely town with a friendly Cornish atmosphere, it has somehow managed to avoid following Newquay's path, and there is still a small town feel to the place.

Perranporth Events

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Perranporth Accommodation

There is a great deal of accommodation in Perranporth. There are campsites, holidays parks, hotels and guest houses in plentiful supply.

Entertainment and Eating Out Guide

During the day there are plenty of good places for eating out in Perranporth; fish and chip take-aways, cafes and restaurants line the streets of the town. Restaurants and pubs provide good food in the evenings, and there is a pub/restaurant on the beach.

During the evenings, the local hotels and pubs hold live entertainment in Perranporth. For the days, the beach is of course the first attraction for most people; surfing, windsurfing and any other water sports take place here. For the more laid back visitors, a golf course and riding stables are also available.

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Shopping Guide

For a small town, there is a good variety of shops in Perranporth, and like all of Cornwall there are lots of surf shops offering popular clothes and surfboards.

The town also promotes art galleries, contains a bank and there is also a supermarket for stocking up if you are self catering. So if you are shopping in Perranporth, you will be well looked after.

Perranporth Beach and Surf Guide

Being three miles long, Perranporth is one of the longest beaches in Cornwall. When the tide is in, the beach is split into two; Perranporth and Perran Sands. It produces brilliant surf most of the time and was well promoted by the Women's World Surfing competition recently held here. This was the first time the event was held in the UK, and Perranporth was very privileged to be chosen above all the other Cornish beaches to hold this huge event, which was very successful.

Sand dunes back this lovely beach, and buried beneath them are the ruins of St. Piran's Oratory. The beach can get quite busy in the summer, especially when the surf is good.

Perran Sands

Perran Sands is a lot smaller than Perranporth beach, and also much quieter, which is good if you want to escape the crowds to enjoy a quiet walk or surf away from the hustle and bustle. Both beaches produce good waves most of the time, especially at low tide when you can catch a brilliant wave, and when the conditions are just right you can get a long, fast, hollow wave here.

Travel Information

Buses run regularly to Perranporth but the town does not contain a train station.

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