St Pirans Inn, Holywell (c) Rod Allday
St Pirans Inn, Holywell (c) Rod Allday

The village of Holywell is a popular resort destination, though it is less crowded than nearby Newquay. It offers a full compliment of traditional family activities, including pitch-and-putt, a leisure park, and sea bathing off the sandy beach, which stretches for about half a mile. The area is also popular with surfers. There are excellent clifftop walks, and if you're lucky you may sight a dolphin on your walk.

The well after which the town is named can be visited at low tide. A cave at the north end of the beach leads to a freshwater spring where, it is said, early monks would baptise local children.

About Holywell
Address: Holywell, Cornwall, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location map
OS: SW767 588
Photo Credit: Rod Allday, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence


Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

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Tourist Information Centre
Westcott House
St Piran's Road
Tel: 01872 572 971
Fax: 01872 572 077