St Agnes on the North Coast of Cornwall combines and interesting mix of activities from excellent surfing and family holiday beaches, to one of the best selection of Cornish tin mining remains in the UK, second to the Camborne and Redruth areas. St Agnes is an idyllic Cornish coastal spot, with ample holiday amenities and a low key surfing scene, yet not too overdeveloped. The area is particularly popular with walkers, and a number of trails criss-cross the area, including gentle arts and crafts trails taking in the craft wares of local artists up the famous stippy strappy run.
Find St Agnes Tourist Information Centre inside the video shop at 20 Churchtown, St Agnes. Tel: 01872 554150.
St Agnes is renowned for it's four stunning beaches which offer a range of water sports including surfing, boating, diving, fishing/angling and hang gliding. With it's cliffs lined with historic mine ruins, plus it's many rock pools, the St Agnes stretch of the North Cornwall coast has an appeal to young and old alike offering a superb beach holiday, or a historic journey into Cornwall's mining history with some superb coastal walking thrown in!
The two key surfing beaches are to the west of St Agnes at Chapel Porth and Porthtowan, whilst the family favourite beach with rock pools and caves is the stunning Trevaunance Cove which is the nearest beach to St Agnes centre.
A full lifeguard service operates from peak season May to October on Trevaunance Cove Beach, Chapel Porth and Porthtowan.
St Agnes is also well known for it's arts and crafts scene, and you can pick up a little map for an arts and crafts trail around the area. Particularly popular is the area around the old Victorian parish church in St Agnes, with it's surrounding choice of specialist shops, galleries and the renowned pretty brownstone cottages in this area.
Visitors to Cornwall interested in Cornish Mining History should definitely call in on St Agnes. There's a choice of both copper and tin mine remains here, with working tin streams demonstrated at the Blue Hills Mine and Tin Streams in St Agnes. Striking Wheal Coats' engine house remains right on the cliff edge will amaze.
Take time to explore the social, religious and cultural history of mining families in this area. An excellent starting point is the St Agnes Parish Museum, with it's many mining exhibitions and photographs.
St Agnes Parish Museum, Penwinnick Road, St Agnes, TR5 0PA. Tel: 01872 553228. This superb little social history museum is Free to get in! It's also open daily from April to September, from 10.30am to 5pm.
Schooners Restaurant, Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, TR5 0RY. Tel: 01872 553149.
Railway Inn, 10 Vicarage Road, St Agnes, TR5 0TJ. Tel: 01872-552310. Peterville Inn, Peterville, St.Agnes, TR5 OQU. Tel: 01872 552406.
St-Agnes Hotel, Church town, St-Agnes, TR5 0QD. Tel: 01872-552307.
Spindrift Seafood Restaurant, at The Driftwood Spars Hotel, Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, TR5-ORT. Tel: 01872-552428/553323.
Sally's, 40 Vicarage Road, St Agnes, TR5 0TF. Tel: 01872-552194.
Flaming Wok, Mile Hill, Porthtowan, TR4 8TY. Tel: 01209 890342.
Unicorn / Shakers, Beach Road, Porthtowan, St Agnes, TR2 8AD. Tel: 01209 890244.
Blue Bar, Beach Road, East Cliff, Porthtowan, TR4-8AW. Tel: 01209-890329.
Old tin mine image contributed by John Spivey. Town Hill image contributed by Tony Atkin. Carnival image contributed by Ross Tucknott. All images are copyrighted but licensed for further reuse under the Creative Commons License.