Perranporth is located on the rugged North Cornwall Coast, Surrounded by countryside that inspired Winston Graham’s swashbuckling Poldark novels. With it's three miles of golden sands, spectacular cliff walks and famous surf, Perranporth attracts visitors from all over the world.
During the summer months the beach has lifeguard cover for the busy times. For surfers Perranporth beach offers a variety of waves giving good conditions for both beginners and experienced surfers, it is recognised as a good place to learn surfing.
Until the 1960s, Perranporth was served by a railway line. Built as the Truro and Newquay Railway, the line ran from Chacewater to Newquay and the principal intermediate stop was Perranporth station. Perranporth also had a second station, known as Perranporth Beach Halt.
The village's modern name comes from Porth Peran, the Cornish for the cove of Saint Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall. He founded St Piran's Oratory on Penhale Sands near Perranporth in the 7th century.