Local Guide - St Agnes Holidays

St Agnes is a quaint picture postcard Cornish village surrounded by family friendly beaches and glorious country walks.

St Agnes Holidays - beach and coastline

The beach

If you love beaches then you'll be spoilt for choice when staying in St Agnes. Home to the dramatic Trevaunance Cove, a rocky beach that’s popular with families for its caves and old harbour. As well as the nearby Chapel Porth, Porthtowan (a beautiful blue flag beach) and Perranporth beach, all well worth a visit while on holiday in St Agnes. 

Things to do

Explore the coast on foot, by bike, or by water and be sure to go and take a look at the unique Stippy Stappy – a terraced row of sea captain's cottages stepping down a steep hill!

If you're a serious walker, or just enjoy a stroll through some breathtaking scenery, you'll love the myriad of coastal paths winding their way around the cliff tops of St Agnes. The National Trust owns much of the land and the area is part of the South West Coastal path.

A walk up to 628ft high St Agnes Beacon reveals panoramic views and coast-to-coast vistas. On a clear day it's said you can see 23 miles of coast and 32 church towers from the summit. Historically the Beacon was lit in times of danger and it was most famously used during the attack of the Spanish Armada.

The landscape of Cornwall's industrial heritage is ripe for exploration too, from the Blue Hills tin mine at Trevellas to the Wheal Coates tin mine near Chapel Porth beach. Blue Hills is the last remaining tin mine production centre in Cornwall and much of TV's Poldark was filmed around the area. The mineshaft at Wheal Coates can be accessed from the beach at low tide.

Or why not explore the St.Agnes coastline by kayak! Try a guided trip with Koru Kayaking and discover marine life, secret caves and much more.

St Agnes is also a great, central location for getting to Cornwall's many attractions including St Ives, Newquay and the Eden Project.

Food & Drink

There are many fine restaurants and cafes in St Agnes,it's foodi heaven! The Driftwood Spars is a favourite for its Cornish pub atmosphere, while the Fitty Pysk Bistro on the same premises promises contemporary seafood dishes. Try Cornish tapas Schooners, overlooking the cove, pop into Genki for fresh smoothies, coffee and cake or sample fresh, local ingredients at The Cornish Pizza Company, or cocktails at Bear Bar, plus The Taphouse is also worth visiting.

Don’t miss the treasure that is Chapel Porth Beach Cafe and be sure to sample one of their famous 'hedgehogs' – an ice cream coated in Cornish clotted cream and dipped in their own roast nuts! Visit in September and watch the British Belly Boarding championships where retro swimsuits and wooden boards come out to play.

Check out our collection of Self Catering Accommodation in St Agnes to find the perfect holiday home, cottage or apartment in this beautiful part of Cornwall.