Penzance Beach

Penzance Beach - Cornwall
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There are a couple of areas that could be described as beaches between Penzance harbour and the end of the Promenade at Wherrytown.

At lower tides there is a small band of sand and shingle running along the front of the Promenade. The foreshore here is almost completely rocks - great for rockpooling but not so good for a paddle.

For swimming there is Battery Rocks, the headland behind the Jubilee Pool. From here there are a couple of sets of steps leading down to the water expressly for the purpose of swimming. This area of Mounts Bay is fairly sheltered and generally safe for swimming, although not lifeguarded.

Tucked in between Battery Rocks and the old harbour wall is a little known patch of sand. It’s only really here at low tide and there’s very rarely anyone here. Nevertheless it’s a pleasant enough spot.

Type of beach

Rock and shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed but no dog bins are provided.

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities

Nearest town



TR18 4BA

OS grid ref.

SW 4736 2982


There are three large car parks nearby for 600 cars. with spaces for disabled people.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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