Beaches & Coastline

Porthgwidden Beach

Porthgwidden, St Ives, Cornwall, UK, TR26 1PL
Porthgwidden Beach
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The smallest beach of soft golden sand in St Ives, near to the Island, and very popular with families as it is very sheltered and quite an east-facing sun trap.

Porthgwidden is often overlooked in the St Ives beaches stakes. Smaller than the others it does benefit from being more sheltered. It sits in the lee of the Island which blocks out most of the predominant winds and makes Porthgwidden a veritable sun trap.

Despite the lack of lifeguards, there are plenty of other facilities including a two-storey row of beach huts that are available to rent from the council.


  • No lifeguard on duty
  • Amenities in the town centre close by
  • Pay and display parking nearby on the Island carpark
  • Restaurant & takeaway
  • Disabled access


The Island carpark can get very busy. Try parking at St Erth or Lelant Saltings and enjoy the scenic branch line that runs right into St Ives and a short stroll down to the beach.


Dogs are welcome on this beach except between the first Sunday before Easter and 30 September (8am – 7pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

Local directions

Close to St Ives centre, Porthgwidden sits between the Harbour and Porthmeor beach. It can be accessed by walking around the coastal footpath from the harbour or, easier still, parking in the Island carpark.

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