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St Agnes Cornwall

St. Agnes Cornwall

St Agnes Cornwall

If you love glorious seascapes, high, open moorland interspersed with sea pinks, thrift, gorse and heather you will love St Agnes in North Cornwall and all it has to offer. The air is clean, the views superb and the village itself is bustling with life and community spirit.

St Agnes Cornwall is built high up on the slopes of a hill lying between the coastal resorts of Perranporth to the North and Portreath and Gwithian to the south.

There is an honesty car park at the top of St Agnes village, with toilets and the local library which offers two computers with fast broadband connections, daily newspapers and a local crafts exhibition area.

Coming out of the car park on foot if you turn down towards the main road running through St Agnes and turn right you can visit the St Agnes Museum (address Penwinnick Road, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0PA). The St Agnes Museum is full of fascinating artifacts and information about the Parish of St Agnes with a wealth of information about Cornwall’s rich mining heritage and traditions. There is a detailed model of the former harbour and information about the famous Lady Agnes Figurehead. The museum is open daily from Good Friday from 10.30am until 5pm. All are welcome. 

Turning left on the main road and heading into the centre of the village, will take you past the St Agnes Miners and Mechanics Institute. Built in 1893 by the philanthropist Passmore Edwards who was anxious to help men educate themselves, it is now a club. There is a cafe inside serving homemade cakes etc, with outside seating areas. The Miners and Mechanics Institute is also home to several exhibitions throughout the years and houses some interesting old mining records. Worth a look!

Continuing down into the village you will pass several places to enjoy a coffee or something to eat. There is a park and memorial garden on the right hand side and on the left you will see the charity rose garden, beautifully perfumed in the summer months. St Agnes village centre has Post Office, convenience store, pub where you can sit outside and watch the world go by, fish and chip shop, good bakery and several arts and crafts galleries.

You can also look round the beautiful old Parish Church of St Agnes which was rebuilt over 100 years ago. Unlike many Cornish Churches, St Agnes Parish Church has both a tower and a spire. It also has a lovely, peaceful garden where you can sit for a while.

Continuing down the hill past a wooded area you will come to the lower part of St Agnes (5/10 min walk) which has further shops, a surf shop and places to eat.

Turning left here will bring you to Trevaunance Cove, Driftwood Spars hotel and a variety of craft galleries and workshops. The Cove is quite a distance down a narrow road and so you may find it easier to drive to the Cove and park in one of the car parks nearby.

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes is a popular surfing and bathing beach. A lovely, natural, rocky inlet it is dog friendly all year round, but please note dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. There are rock pools to explore and a place to enjoy an early evening drink.

St Agnes has 3 other beaches – Chapel Porth which is maintained by the National Trust and is a renowned surfing beach as well as offering a wide expanse of sand at low tide. Trevellas Porth is a much quieter, more secluded beach. Dogs are allowed all year round but there is no lifeguard cover at any time of the year and the coast around this area can be treacherous. A little way down the coast is Porthtowan, another great surfing beach popular with surfers, boarders and families alike. RNLI cover throughout the summer season.

St Agnes Beacon lies to the south west of St Agnes. There is a road from St Agnes leading up to the area. The views are absolutely stunning stretching to Falmouth Harbour in the south east and south westerly towards St Michael’s Mount. Gwithian Lighthouse can also be seen. The section of the North Coast Path between St Agnes and Portreath has been described as one of the finest walks in Cornwall. St Agnes on the rugged Cornish coast is well worth a visit!

If you are looking for a day out near St Agnes then Healey's Cyder Farm is only a short drive away and is a fun place to visit for a day or few hours whatever the weather. They have tractor rides, animals to see and pet, restaurant, viewing area where you can see the Cyder being made and best of all you can try some of their delicious cyders and juices at the free sampling bar. Read more about Healey's Cyder Farm.

More information on places to visit near to St Agnes:

Perranporth

Portreath

Gwithian and Godrevy