• Welcome to Porthgwidden Beach

    A hidden gem secluded in a quiet corner of St Ives.

About Porthgwidden Beach

Nestled beneath the steep grassy slopes of St Ives “Island”, right on the beach with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Now open all year round.

Holidaying in St Ives is all about going to the beach, no matter what time of year. Here at Porthgwidden Beach we have one of the cleanest beaches in the South West. Porthgwidden Beach’s bathing water quality has been classified as ‘Excellent’ by the Environment Agency.

Beach Pods

Reserve one of our beach pods for your holiday, giving you the freedom to store your beach kit at the beach and to come and go as you please. Each Beach Pod comes with 2 deck chairs.

Book A Pod

Porthminster Cookbook

This limited edition cookbook showcases signature recipes from Mick Smith, Executive Chef of the Porthminster Collection (Porthminster Beach Café, Porthminster Kitchen & Porthgwidden Beach Café). Dishes including the famous Monkfish Curry, Sea Bass with Crab Fritters and Chilli Ponzu, and Deconstructed Pimms, can all now be recreated at home.



Featuring many beautiful images, the cookbook is also a food love story all about our location here in St Ives. From fish freshly-hauled from the bay, to foraged finds on the coast path, the recipes all take their lead from the fabulous surroundings we share with our sister restaurants. If you know someone who loves food, and loves St Ives, this might just be the ultimate gift!

Buy It Now

NB. You will be taken to the Porthminster Cafe website to complete your purchase

Beach Safety

Porthgwidden Beach as a number of notices located around its perimeter with Lifebuoys and Beach Safety Information. It is also overlooked by the St Ives NCI Station which is manned 365 days a year.

Ethos & Sustainability

We aim to recycle as much as possible, and keep the beach and surrounding area as free of litter and anything hazardous to the environment as we can. We encourage our visitors to help us as much as they can by leaving no waste behind by either taking it away or using our bins and recycling bins provided. We are very proud of the natural beauty of our beach.