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Dog-Friendly Beaches Near Truro

At Merchant House Hotel, we think that everyone should be able to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime in Cornwall – and that includes four-legged friends! Home to dog-friendly rooms, our Truro-based hotel is the perfect place for canine companions and their well-behaved owners to explore the county together. Only a ball’s throw from lots of great attractions, many of our furry guests particularly enjoy the great selection of dog-friendly beaches nearby.

Here are some dog-friendly beaches near Truro we particularly recommend:


Located on the impossibly picturesque Roseland Peninsula, Carne Beach is a south-facing sand and shingle beach owned by the National Trust. Sheltered by the protective shield of the 300ft Nare Head, it’s the ideal place to come with your pup for games of fetch along the shore. Although there is little beach left at high tide, this just makes splashing in the water all the more tempting! At low tide, Carne Beach joins up with neighbouring Pendower Beach, which is also dog-friendly year-round.


A slightly different option, Halwyn Beach in the village of Coombe boasts a Creekside setting and the lucid waters of the River Fal. With a small beach facing the river, this quiet spot is lovely for relaxed walks and most excitingly for dogs, provides an abundance of sticks to carry and chase. Less than 3.5 miles from Merchant House Hotel, this beach is in easy reach and also has access to lovely woodlands walks.


Located on Cornwall’s north coast, Perranporth Beach is only a 20-minute drive from Merchant House Hotel and is one of the county’s largest beaches. Stretching for miles, this popular golden-sand beach welcomes dogs all year round and is home to huge expanses of uninterrupted sand. Idyllic for long strolls under a beaming sun, this beach will appeal to all young pups and senior citizens alike. After your walk, you can also visit the dog-friendly Watering Hole, the UK’s only beach bar and restaurant.


15 miles from us, Porthcurnick Beach is another Roseland beach enjoying a gorgeous south-facing aspect and lots of space to play. Just a short trot from the car park, your pup can waste no time in inspecting the beach’s many rock pools and chasing frisbees along the shore. Roll up a picnic blanket and pocket some goodies (including lots of doggy biscuits and chews) and settle in for a day by the sea. If you feel like more exploring, Towan Beach is 3.5 miles south of Porthcurnick and also welcomes dogs 12 months of the year.