Attractions and places to see around Portreath

Attractions and places to see around Portreath

Attractions and places to see around Portreath

Date Posted: 14 Apr 2023

As with any Cornish holiday resort, the main attraction in Portreath is of course Portreath Beach itself. And the sandy beach at Portreath is one of the best in the county, as there’s something for everyone, from surfers to sandcastle builders.

But there are plenty of places to visit near Portreath too, which will enrich your holiday here. Whether you’re a history buff, walking enthusiast or just want to explore the local area. Here’s our favourite Portreath attractions.

The Pepper Pot

About half a mile north from Portreath Beach, The Pepper Pot is a historical landmark and one of Portreath’s attractions – particularly for those who like photography. Built as a sign to passing ships in 1846, the views from here are quite something. Look out to Gull Rock – the big rock sat out to sea – many beaches in Cornwall have them.


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Coast to Coast Trail

Known as the ‘Coast to Coast Trail’ because it starts in Portreath on the north coast and ends in Devoran on the south coast, this mineral trail is certainly a Portreath attraction to have on your radar. You can walk, run or cycle this trail as you follow the line of two historic transport routes; the early horse-worked Portreath tramroad and the Redruth and Chasewater Railway. As well as the series of restored mines you will pass the beautiful Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve. While the route isn’t particularly challenging, the distance is a lengthy 11 miles – and that’s just one way!


If you want to see some local heritage near Portreath then head to Heartlands, which is less than 3 miles away at Pool. There are 19 acres to explore and is a fascinating place to visit near Portreath. Heartlands, was born out of the former mining complex at Robinson’s Shaft and is full of mining history. The diaspora gardens tell the poignant story of the Cornish people and their influence on the lands to which they travelled creating a sub-tropical paradise.

Michell's Engine House, East Pool Mine, Cornwall ©National Trust Images Hilary Daniel

East Pool Mine

Want to learn more about Cornwall’s mining history? Now National Trust owned, East Pool Mine is a short drive from Portreath (less than 4 miles). For those interested in Cornwall’s rich heritage, a trip to East Pool Mine is certainly worthwhile. At the very heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, discover the story of how the site developed until the last engine stopped in 1954, as the pumping engine here is one of the largest surviving Cornish beam engines in the world. Pre book a guided tour and discover the story of Cornish mining.



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Tehidy Country Park

Tehidy Park is a five-minute drive west from Portreath. As the largest area of woodland in west Cornwall, it’s undoubtedly a great place to visit near Portreath. There are five main access points, but when visiting from Portreath the closest option is to park in the North Cliff car park (free to park).  Tehidy has over 9 miles of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore, together with a Visitor Centre, café and a picnic area. Dogs are welcome here, and there’s a Tehidy Trail cycle route.

View across the water from the beach to Godrevy lighthouse Godrevy, Cornwall. The lighthouse is said to have been the inspiration for Virginia Woolf's novel, To the Lighthouse. ©National Trust Images John Miller

Godrevy Lighthouse

Portreath is only six miles from one of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks, Godrevy Lighthouse. For those who want to take on the coastal views on the way, and clock up some steps, you can pick up the coast path near Tehidy Woods, alternatively there’s a National Trust car park close by. The beautiful lighthouse located on a small island off the west coast, has been in operation since the mid-19th century. For those who want to spot some local wildlife Godrevy Island is surrounded by rugged cliffs and a popular spot for seals and seabirds.

Famous Nine Golf Course

Keen on a spot of golf during your time in Cornwall? Portreath has its own golf course, Gwel an Mor’s ‘Famous Nine’ nine-hole course, is the largest all-weather greens course in the UK. Unlike most golf courses, you don’t need to prebook making it a great option for casual golfers, and the views aren’t too shabby either. Beautifully maintained, the stunning views out to the sea are worth the trip alone.

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