Carlyon Bay

Carlyon Bay - Cornwall
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Carlyon Bay is a popular beach consisting of almost two miles of coarse sand. Located just outside St Austell the bay here has had a number of proposed developments over the years, most of which have not amounted to anything.

There is car parking nearby and steps down to the beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from Easter Sunday to September 30th

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point

Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town

St Austell


PL25 3RG

OS grid ref.

SX 0559 5207


Spaces for 1000. pay and display

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Carlyon Bay Reviews

May 26th 2019

Lovely massive beach and the sea is usually very still as it’s a man-made beach and not got a natural tide. There’s a bar with inside seating and a fire pit for cold weather, that does DJ and bands some times and 2 food trucks on the beach too. There’s also a beach shop and a water sports centre! What more could you want on holiday on the beach!!


Terrence Lockett
Aug 14th 2022

Too much dog poo on the beach