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Welcome to Carlyon Bay


Holidays in Carlyon Bay

Nestled in the heart of St. Austell Bay, Carlyon Bay offers an idyllic setting for unforgettable holidays. Here, amidst the breathtaking coastal landscape, relax on the sand, paddle in the crystal-clear waters, and venture across the rugged cliffs. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, Carlyon Bay has it all! 

Home to three sandy beaches, set against the rugged south Cornwall coastline, you'll feel a world away from daily life as you unwind and soak up the sunshine in this coastal paradise. Indulge in delectable dining at Edie's Restaurant, featured in the Michelin guide, and tuck into seasonal dishes and tempting desserts or head to AJs Cafe for sharing feasts and live music. During the summer months you'll find live music and pop-up food and drink pop-ups on the beach for the ultimate beachside party! Carlyon Bay is close to the historic town of St Austell, as well as the iconic Charlestown with its majestic tall ships, and the delightful fishing village of Mevagissey. You'll find days out for all the family, as many of Cornwall's most loved attractions are nearby too!      


Did you know...

Carlyon Bay in Cornish is Caryones, which means forts?

Beaches in Carlyon Bay

You'll find three beautiful beaches in Carlyon Bay, so you can sand-hop throughout your holiday and make the most of the Caribbean-esque location.

Crinnis Beach - Home to soft golden sands and tranquil water, perfect for sea swimming and paddleboarding. Throughout the summer delicious food pop-ups appear on the beach, it's a real hidden gem. 

Shorthorn Beach - If you're looking for rugged Cornish charm, Shorthorn is the beach for you! With its rocky outcrops and picturesque cliffs, you'll find stunning coastal views as you stroll along the coastal paths.

Polgaver Beach - A secluded haven, hidden among the cliffs, with pristine sands and crystal-clear waters, Polgaver is a beach lovers paradise.

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Things to do in Carlyon Bay


Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre is home to a fascinating collection of shipwreck artefacts, the largest in Europe! Discover around 8000 rare items from an astounding around 150 different shipwrecks.

The Eden Project is just over three miles from Carlyon Bay. A great day out for all the family, explore the rainforest and Mediterranean biomes, magnificent gardens, awe-inspiring displays and sculptures. There's even a zip line that flies across the biomes! Keep your eye out for their special events and exhibitions from spooky Halloween spectaculars to their magical festive ice rick and grotto!

Mevagissey Harbour is just a short drive away from Carlyon Bay, boasting a bustling fishing port, charming streets filled with unique shops and quaint cafes, alongside harbourside pubs serving the freshest catch of the day and Mevagissey Aquarium, home to an array of local species of marine life.

Lost Gardens of Heligan are located just outside of Mevagissey, just around eight miles away from Carlyon Bay. One of Cornwall's most popular gardens, it's an enchanting woodland (around 60 acres) filled with exotic plants, lush greenery, ancient pastures, and the mysterious sculptures of the Giant’s Head and Mud Maid! A captivating day out for all the family.


Watersports offer a unique way to experience the beauty of Carlyon Bay and the surrounding coastline. Paddleboard around the bay and discover pretty coves and hidden caves or glide through the azure blue seas in a kayak, both available to hire on the beach. For those seeking a more adrenalin-filled adventure, try an action packed jet ski safari with Cornwall Waverunner Safaris.

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