Sennen is Cornwall’s far western beach paradise situated on the Penwith Peninsula and consisting of several idyllic locations on the coast and just inland. The beach star is the sweeping golden sandy Whitesand Bay with award-winning family beach Sennen Cove at the southern edge of the Bay. The area offers a wealth of surfing opportunities, spectacular coastal walking and many family attractions including the popular Land’s End Experience. The narrow peninsula is easily explored – Sennen is within a 15 minute drive of Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre on the opposite side of the peninsula!
Sennen village just inland from the Cove bustles in high summer season. The beach is only a 10 to 15 minute walk away, and Sennen is the UK’s most westerly village, only 1 mile from Land’s End. Two village pubs include the 17th century First & Last Inn famed for its smuggling heritage. Don’t miss Sennen Farmers’ Market held every Tuesday from 9am until noon. Essential amenities include a convenience store, family friendly cafes, small shops and fish and chip outlets along with some character Bed & Breakfast accommodation and a selection of stunning coastal cottages. The village is only around 1.5 miles from Land’s End and within a 10 minute drive of the Minack Theatre. Flights across to the Isles of Scilly are from nearby Land’s End Airport.
Sennen Cove on the coast is all about the beach. Here sits one of the country’s most beautiful award-winning beaches, a favourite with families and surfers. Flanking the sandy beach bay is ample car parking, a beach restaurant and popular pub – The Old Success Inn. The Old Boathouse selling beach equipment and basic essentials and The Round House art gallery also feature in the area.
Whitesand Bay is the far west’s great sweeping sandy beach bay, around one mile in length, with Sennen Cove beach located on the southern edge of the Bay. The entire bay is backed by stunning sand dunes and granite headlands flank each side of the Bay. The sand is firm – perfect for sandcastles, and the Atlantic waters are a glittering turquoise taking on an exotic Mediterranean feel in high summer. The Bay is divided by a rocky outcrop, with Gwenver Beach at the far northern end. At low tide part of the coast path is exposed here, linking the two beaches. Both beaches on the bay are lifeguarded in summer. Sennen Cove is the family hotspot with gentle surf on offer. Head to Gwenver beach for best surfing conditions.
Things to do on The Penwith Peninsula
The Penwith Peninsula in Far West Cornwall is packed with family friendly attractions and around the coast are numerous opportunities for watersports and coastal walking. If you’re based in a Sennen Cove cottage, you’re only a 10 to 15 minute drive from Porthcurno on the opposite side of the Peninsula so wherever you are in the Far West, attractions and beaches are within easy reach making this the perfect Cornish area for a family beach holiday.
Top attractions include the Land’s End Experience on the western tip – a package of attractions including family exhibitions, a 4D family cinema show, a family farm park, coastal walking, a host of cafes and eateries and even a hotel. Various surf schools are in the Sennen Cove area including Smart Surf and Sennen Surf School. Don’t miss a tour of the Zennor Tin Mine or the spectacularly situated coastal mining remains around St Just. The newly refurbished Telegraph Museum in Porthcurno with brand new exhibitions is one of Britain’s most important communications sites and the point from which the first undersea cable was laid. Other attractions and tourist top spots within easy reach include the Tate Gallery at St Ives, boat trips from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly, Flambards Theme Park near Helston, the magnificent Lizard Peninsula, Penzance and St Michael’s Mount.
Getting Here & Where to Stay
Sennen and Sennen Cove beach are accessible by road either via the scenic B3306 from St Ives along the Penwith Heritage Coast or via the A30 dual carriageway. Three large car parks flank the beach at Sennen Cove – a large field at the top of the hill serves as an overflow, so finding beachside parking is never a problem. Reasonable parking charges apply. Luxurious waterfront cottages are extensive in the Sennen area, many of which have spectacular sea views of Whitesand Bay. Browse beautiful cottage accommodation below featuring cosy romantic beach retreats, nautical themed family cottages and stylish apartments ideal for surfing holidays and weekends away.