We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Porthgwidden Beach

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: The Island, St Ives, England

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 327 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 246
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Winter visit

Even in winter this is a delightful beach, safe and ideal for children, a very pleasant beach café overlooks the beach

Reviewed 9 February 2017
Anthony W
,
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

327 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 321: English reviews
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Even in winter this is a delightful beach, safe and ideal for children, a very pleasant beach café overlooks the beach

Helpful?
Thank Anthony W
Hailsham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Great to visit even in winter. A good beach which would be fantastic in the summer-very popular with tourists and would be extremely busy in summer

Helpful?
Thank Margaret S
Coopers Beach, New Zealand
Level Contributor
338 reviews
211 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

A small sandy beach set in a sheltered cove with a great cafe close at hand. Beautifuly clear water and soft sand with parking nearby. Five Star.

Helpful?
Thank AndrewUK2013
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

I once walked past, watching a bride and groom enjoying their wedding reception on the beautiful white sand and dining from the excellent cafe adjoining Porthgwidden. I don't believe there could have ever been a better place to celebrate. This little cove has beautiful sand, blue water, convenient parking (Island carpark) and an excellent cafe and restaurant attached. A little... More 

Helpful?
Thank YogiMum
Ashtead, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
433 reviews
151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Out of season Porthgwidden is a delight, the sands are clean & unspoilt, not so many people visit & it's lovely to wander across the front of the colourful beach huts, lost in thought, with the waves crashing & stunning viws out to see. A real place to relax & regroup. On this occasion I didnlt stop for a snack... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sarah C
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
100 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

There are beaches with less stone, more heat, clearer water and the setting sun. There are beaches with michelin starred cafes, harbouring super yachts, exotic coral and exciting times. Porthgwidden Beach is my favourite beach in the world. There are rocks to pick mussels and hunt crabs. It has enough sand and sea for an evening dip. It has ample... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jack J
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Small beach with beach-huts and cafe-bar regular Seal sightings in the surf. Cafe menu excellent and available for functions and weddings. Nice easy walk from St. Ives and circular route back through the old parts of St. Ives through rambling rows of fishermen's cottages.

Helpful?
Thank norcim
Derby, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
103 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

This lovely little beach is an absolute gem which is often a lot more sheltered than the other beaches in St Ives. It offers golden sands, with rock pools on each side, there is a lovely beach café & toilets within a two minute walk. You might even see a seal here as they love to play around the rocks.... More 

Helpful?
Thank pat w
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

You've booked your accommodations in or near Porthgwidden, this is your handy beach, very often you see people sculpting the sand, always fascinating and enjoyable, it's the beach you arrive after walking round the Island, great sea views, and the coastline depending on your location, handy for the town facilities

Helpful?
Thank William P
Cheltenham
Level Contributor
621 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Great for children quite sheltered and flat though reasonable ridge today - North West wind! Better when south westerly. Our boys love it - aged 6 and 3. Nice cafe too.

Helpful?
Thank MattyA32

Travellers who viewed Porthgwidden Beach also viewed

 
Carbis Bay, St Ives
 

Been to Porthgwidden Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Porthgwidden Beach and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Porthgwidden Beach staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?