What to do and see in St Agnes, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 15, 2017 Alida England

Discover the best top things to do in St Agnes, United Kingdom (UK) including Koru Kayaking, Wheal Coates Tin Mine, Chapel Porth Beach, St Agnes Museum, Breakers Surf School, SUP in a Bag - Day Tours, Blue Hills Tin Streams, Coastal Rush, Aggie Arts, Radiance Massage Therapy.
Restaurants in St Agnes

1. Koru Kayaking

Alder Cottage, St Agnes TR5 0PL, England
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5 based on 163 reviews

Koru Kayaking

Reviewed By Rambler_essex - Essex, United Kingdom

We went out kayaking out of St Agnes. The trip was for my daughter 13 and myself.
Tom the guide, knows his stuff and his very knowledgeable about the wild life, the area and the sea. Made you feel very comfortable on the waves and safe that he was there. It was an amazing experience and I will back next year to try the river.

2. Wheal Coates Tin Mine

St Agnes, England
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5 based on 182 reviews

Wheal Coates Tin Mine

Reviewed By Kaine V

Great walk with stunning views to see some of Cornwall’s tin mining history. Very good parking, free for National Trust members. Further your walks along the well maintained Cornish coastal paths. Got to see wild peregrines and kestrels on the walk.

3. Chapel Porth Beach

St Agnes, England
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4.5 based on 141 reviews

Chapel Porth Beach

A little bit of a hike is required to get to this secluded beach, but the trip is well worth it.

Reviewed By ESP2006 - West Midlands

This pleasant little cove, west of St Agnes, is approached down a winding, narrow and fairly steep road to little more than a single, but ample, largely unpaved car park run by the National Trust. There is a charge for non-members at pay and display meters. Even on an October Monday morning I was met by a member of staff and my membership card requested. There are toilet facilities at the car park but there's little else unless the small cafe is open. From the car park you can walk straight across the rocks and pebbles to the side of the small stream onto the sandy beach that stretches (at low tide) between the cliffs on either side. Note that dogs are not allowed on the beach between Easter and the end of September.
At peak holiday times I might be inclined to avoid the place! It's very attractive when virtually deserted but I would hate to try to visit in peak holiday season, especially if you negotiate that approach road and find the car park full!!
As it was, on this lovely bright (and very breezy) day, there were very few of us there at around 9.30am to enjoy the early Sunshine and pristine cove. With the tide at close to its lowest, I was able to get right to the end of the cove in order to look back, getting very nice view along the coast to the north, taking in Wheal Coates up on the cliffs. In truth, early morning is not the best time for this view. You need low tide to be in the evening so that the late afternoon / evening sun is hitting the cliffs and buildings from the west and lighting them up from the seaward. However, there is something also to be said for the way the morning sun picks out the upper reaches as a contrast with the shadows.
Having taken a wander on the beach, with a few photos under my belt, I was faced with the decision of whether to return to the car park and then climb the cliff path to the site of the old Wheal Coates tin mine before descending back again, or to hop in the car to save the time (allowing greater time up on the cliffs and maybe a further visit elsewhere). Having paid nothing for parking I chose the latter. With so little traffic on the road, it was easy to return up the narrow road to turn left at Beacon Drive and find the NT car park for Wheal Coates about 5 minutes away in the car.
Driving along Beacon Drive, you are on the entrance to the NT car park almost before you know it - easy to miss - but there is a sign at the entrance on the left if you are alert. The car park is not large, but probably capable of holding 20 or so carefully parked vehicles. There is little there except for an information board and a pay and display meter for non-members. No NT staff were in evidence. Suggested walking routes are shown (take a picture on your mobile device).
It is a short unpaved walk down to the old buildings. The upper ones are quite easy to reach and wander round so long as you watch your footing on the uneven surfaces, but the lower engine building requires a more circuitous route for the cautious or a careful descent down a more direct steeper route.
With the sun behind you in the morning, there are some great photo opportunities against the backdrop of the sea and the coast. And, needless to say, with a decent sunset there is potential for some great silhouettes against a colourful sky.
There is little else up there apart from gorgeous coastal scenery and the cliff path. Take care because of those cliff edges!

4. St Agnes Museum

Penwinnick Road, St Agnes TR5 0PA, England +44 1872 553228
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

St Agnes Museum

An award-winning volunteer-run Museum comprising information, artefacts and curios relating to the Parish of St. Agnes. St. Agnes is a beautiful coastal village with a rich history of tin and copper mining as well as fishing, although today its main trade is tourism. A visit to the museum will enhance your understanding of this special history and can be complemented with one of many walks taking in the historic mine engine house remains or lunch in one of the many restaurants, cafes or pubs. The Museum was established in 1984 and moved to its current location in the old Chapel of Rest in 1990.

Reviewed By JANDKL2 - Melbourne, Australia

Dropped into this lovely little museum while in the area. It may only be comparatively small but it certainly has a wealth of local history and exhibits. I was on a bit of a family history journey and the lovely staff went out of the way to see if they could help me using their local knowledge and records. Anyone with an interest in this corner of Cornwall would do well to visit.

5. Breakers Surf School

St Agnes Beach, St Agnes, England
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5 based on 46 reviews

Breakers Surf School

Reviewed By conno86 - Newquay, United Kingdom

Nice enough instructors, but there were 20 in our class. Granted there were 3 instructors, but very little instructing was done in the water (as have experienced elsewhere). Furthermore, even though the lesson started at 2, the surfboard/wetsuit handing out was very chaotic, we had an overly extensive warmup and as a result, we didnt actually get into the sea until 3.15!

6. SUP in a Bag - Day Tours

St Agnes TR5 0SL, England
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5 based on 33 reviews

SUP in a Bag - Day Tours

SUP gives you a very special vantage point for exploring Cornwall's coves, Beaches, rivers and estuaries. Clients regularly see seals and many birds such as egrets. We hire quality kit and the inflatable boards fit in the boot of your car. We can help you plan your adventures and we are always on hand to give advice on local conditions. If you prefer you can join one of our popular tours, immersing yourself in the waters of Cornwall.

Reviewed By Jude T - Sheffield, United Kingdom

We spent a morning in Padstow with the brilliant Amanda. She was really relaxed despite us getting stuck behind a lorry and late for our session. The day we booked, the weather ended up being too poor to go so Amanda contacted us to swap our days so we wouldn't miss out.
She also was kind enough to help us find a place we could hire our wetsuits.
The day itself was just perfect. It felt really intimate and Amanda adjusted to our abilities.
We saw another very large group with another company and were so pleased we had booked with this company.
Amanda takes people all over the Cornish coast and caters for people of all abilities. We would definitely book with her again on any future visits!

7. Blue Hills Tin Streams

Blue Hills Wheal Kitty, St Agnes TR5 0YW, England +44 1872 553341
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Blue Hills Tin Streams

Reviewed By PAC6750 - London, United Kingdom

Tucked away just outside St Agnes village on the north Cornwall coast. A really interesting insight into the historical mining industry that has left such a mark on this area.
No actual mine blue hills is a working example of how the tin was and still can be extracted from the rocks. You can also purchase some charming genuine Cornish tin gifts and jewellery in a gift shop.
An hour is ample time to view the indoor and outdoor workings and exhibits which are located about 50 yards from Trevellas beach which has a small car park ( free) and because its so tucked away rarely has more than a handful of people on it (Dogs are also allowed) also just up the road is the Finisterre clothing shop and Surfers Against Sewage HQ.

8. Coastal Rush

St Agnes, England
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5 based on 27 reviews

Coastal Rush

Reviewed By DGlond - London, United Kingdom

We went out on a day with big swell and pretty terrifying conditions but always felt in very safe hands. Absolutely amazing experience and definitely one to repeat! Sam, Tom and Josh were excellent guides and the hospitality at the Tap House is second to none.

9. Aggie Arts

11 Vicarage Road, St Agnes TR5 0TJ, England +44 7979 205574
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5 based on 30 reviews

Aggie Arts

Aggie Arts offer art and craft workshops, courses and holidays in the beautiful location of St Agnes, Cornwall - right on the Cornish coast. Activities include illustration, watercolours, textiles, jewellery, acting, hat making, photography, papercrafts, Cornish pasty making, wine tasting and more!

Reviewed By hazelcowls - Truro, United Kingdom

Arranged a private lesson with Dan, learnt painting techniques , mixing colours and introduction to water colour painting. Fantastic afternoon , thoroughly enjoyable and left with a piece of my own art work. I would recommend Aggies arts. I am looking forward to producing further work and developing my interest in painting. Thank you Dan

10. Radiance Massage Therapy

14 Vicarage Road | Wellness Room, Gossips Spa & Salon, St Agnes TR5 0TJ, England +44 7931 709034
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5 based on 11 reviews

Radiance Massage Therapy

Reviewed By Joanne S - Plymouth, United Kingdom

I had for quite some time suffered with a painful clicking jaw and headaches aswell as sinus problems when I dicovered Radiance Massage Therapy which offered treatment for TMJ. . Helen has worked wonders on my long standing problem I feel that for the first time in a long time I have no pain in my jaw & around my eyes and headaches are now rare ! Helen has a wam friendly & totally professional approach and makes you feel very relaxed. The treatment room is very chilled with calming music playing and the lovely cup of camomile tea at the end of your treatment most welcome .

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