Cornwall in focus

  • Share
  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email a friend

    Please enter your own name and your friend's email address below and we will email them a link to this page.


    This email address will only be used this once to send your friend a link to this page. No record will be kept, and the email address will not be shared with any third party.
  • Print this page


Porthgwidden beach, Cornwall

Sometimes written Porth Gwidden, Porthgwidden Beach lies on the North Coast of Cornwall in the picturesque town of St. Ives. The smallest of St. Ives' beaches, the name Porthgwidden comes from the Cornish Porth-Gwin or Gwidden meaning White Cove. The beach of fine golden sand faces northeast and is sheltered to the northwest by St. Ives Head, more commonly known as St. Ives Island, and to the southeast by Carn Crows.

The beach has all the usual amenities including a small café selling everything from ice creams to coffees and teas. Porthgwidden is quite popular during the Summer due to its proximity to a good sized car park and the town in general. Close by lie the surfing beaches of Porthmeor to the east and Bamalûz to the south. Porthminster, arguably the main beach of St. Ives is just a short stroll southwest through the town.

Points of interest near Porthgwidden include St Nicholas' Chapel atop St. Ives Island; St. Ives Museum overlooking Bamalûz Beach; The Art galleries of The Digey and the house where local artist Alfred Wallis (1855-1942) lived as well as the Tate St. Ives gallery, overlooking Porthmeor. The Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) Sculpture Garden and Museum are located just above the Tate on Barnoon Hill.

Due to its shape, the majority of hotels, galleries, restaurants, shops and inns are all within easy reach using the myriad of alleyways and cut-throughs back to St. Ives town centre.

St. Ives is served by good transport links with the main bus station at the Malakoff, near Pedn Olva and the train station sited centrally just above Porthminster Beach.


 Flora and Fauna

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Tourist information

 Seasonal dog ban




OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End

OS Explorer Map 102: Land

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in St Ives, St. Ives, Carbis Bay and Hayle.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowSt. Ives

	arrowCarbis Bay

	arrowSt Ives



Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in St Ives, Hayle, Marazion and Penzance.

Nearby Attractions




About us

Privacy policy



Promote events

Advertising options


Follow us





Related sites

Devon in Focus

Somerset in Focus

Dorset in Focus

A SouthWest in Focus brand
© Shimbo 2000 - 2019

© 2000 - 2019