Sennen is a popular surfing beach and family holiday destination. This far west Cornwall village is the perfect place for a long holiday in the sunshine or simply a day out exploring the dramatic Cornish coastline.
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Reasons to visit Sennen:
1. A brilliant family friendly beach
2. Surfing hot spot
3. A good choice of places to eat and drink
4. Easy access to the South West Coast Path
5. Not far from Land’s End
6. Close to some of Cornwall’s best attractions, such as Geevor Tin Mine and the Tate St Ives
7. Beautiful Cornish coastlines
8. Perfect sunsets
Things to do
A truly family friendly place to visit in Cornwall, Sennen is a traditional bucket and spade location with Sennen Cove beach and Gwenver beach on your doorstep. Play all day in the sand and sea to make the most of a sunny day. The sand here makes for some epic sandcastles if you have the patience to carve out your masterpiece. More active visitors might like to book in for a surfing lesson, go exploring in the rockpools or hop on to the coastal path for a walk along to Land’s End.
If you’ve had enough of glorious beaches, Sennen Cove harbour is home to a few pleasure-fishing boats. You can wander the harbour or book on to a boat trip and see the Cornish coastline from a different angle.
Places to eat
There’s a great mix of high end and casual places to eat in Sennen, particularly around the beach. Ben Tunnicliffe at Sennen is a Michelin Star winner with a casual, family friendly atmosphere. The perfect mix of relaxed Cornish vibes and brilliant food. The surf den is our favourite spot here; panoramic views over the beach make this the ultimate holiday hang out.
The Old Success Inn is a more traditional pub, set back from the beach. Again, perfect for families and in an ideal position for an after dinner wander by the sea.
There’s also a selection of small shops and cafes in Sennen that open seasonally.
Sennen is in a prime position to visit some of Cornwall’s best attractions and enjoy local coastal walks. West Cornwall has one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world so you probably won’t want to go far from these amazing views.
For families who want to explore more of Cornwall’s rich mining heritage, Geevor Tin Mine is a brilliant day out for all. There’s lots of interactive displays inside, plenty of outdoor space to play and a lovely cafe overlooking the sea.
To take in the full Cornwall experience, you must visit St Ives. Whether for shopping, a visit to the Tate or a day on the beach, St Ives has it all. This family friendly town welcomes thousands of people every year who come for the azure oceans and breath-taking views across the bay.
Visit the Minack Theatre overlooking Porthcurno beach for a cultural experience where you can also marvel at the landscape. Your show may also be briefly interrupted by a pod of dolphins swimming by. Performances go ahead come rain or shine because, no matter what the weather, it’s always a magical experience.
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