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Top Spots to Experience an Unforgettable Sunrise in Cornwall

Top Spots to Experience an Unforgettable Sunrise in Cornwall
Top Spots to Experience an Unforgettable Sunrise in Cornwall

Wherever you are in the World, catching an early morning sunrise literally lights up your day. That invigorating feeling of being an early riser whilst the rest of the World rests deeply in their slumber is second to none. As we sleepily switch off our alarms, anxious to beat the World to an in-person screening of seeing another day seep its way into our lives. All whilst basking in the deep golden, pink hued haze of the daylight breaking its way across the horizon as the sun ushers in a new day.

Cornwall is home to some of nature’s finest beauty spots, and witnessing a sunrise from our shores is really a sight to behold. Though don’t take our word for it - we’re here to let you know how you can experience an unforgettable sunrise in Cornwall for yourselves. In this blog we’re going to give you some top tips and locations on experiencing a stunning sunrise in Cornwall on your next visit to our Southern shores.

Tips for a Perfect Sunrise Watching

To capture the essence of a spectacular sunrise in Cornwall, planning and preparation are key. Here are some essential tips to enhance your sunrise watching experience:

  • Timing and Location: Check the local sunrise times, ideally between January and March or during late spring around 05:15am.
  • Dress Appropriately: Mornings can be chilly, so layer up.
  • Consider Breakfast: If venturing out - a hot chocolate or an apple can keep you going. Or, if you’re staying at Driftwood, experience our Full English on your doorstep.
  • During the Sunrise: We know it’s tempting to want to capture the perfect photograph as the sun greets the day, but don’t forget to enjoy the moment too.
  • Arrive Early: Be in position at least 30 minutes before the sunrise. Use this time to relax and settle in to enjoy the view.
Driftwood chair with sea view


Our first top pick, without a doubt simply has to be our very own Driftwood. Nestled between Porthcunick and Carne Beach (which we’d also highly recommend, as you’ll see) our hotel allows you to watch the breaking of dawn in a way that is rarely experienced by anyone - in the cosy comfort of your hotel room.

Whilst we may be slightly biassed, our reviews speak for themselves and watching the sunrise from your very own room simply cannot be held to comparison. Or, if you’d rather be at one with nature - you can enjoy the serenity of the sunrise from Driftwood’s own private bay. Just think, you can start your day with no intrusions and bask in the first light of day in your very own sanctuary. Bliss.

Plus, with our kitchen on your doorstep, with our award winning chef ready to serve, your breakfast is quite literally just around the corner.

Porthcurnick beach Cornwall UK

Porthcurnick Beach

Porthcurnick Beach, nestled near the quaint village of Portscatho, is a serene sanctuary along Cornwall's South coast, offering more than just a sunrise view. This National Trust-owned beach is a gem for those seeking tranquility away from the bustling tourist spots. Its golden sands, backed by towering cliffs, create a picturesque setting for witnessing the sunrise. 

Plus, with facilities like toilets and the Hidden Hut café offering refreshments, your sunrise watching is complemented with comfort. 

Pendower Beach Cornwall UK

Pendower Beach

Pendower Beach, a gem on the Roseland Peninsula in South East Cornwall, offers more than just a sunrise view; it's a haven for everyone, including our four-legged friends. Dog lovers rejoice! Pendower Beach allows dogs throughout the year, making it an ideal spot for pet owners to enjoy the sunrise with their furry companions.
With easy disabled access, Pendower also ensures that everyone can enjoy its beauty. The beach is welcoming and inclusive, making it a perfect spot for family outings and solo adventures alike.

Portscatho harbour sunrise Cornwall UK

Portscatho Harbour

Capturing the essence of a sunrise in Cornwall, especially at Portscatho Harbour, is a photographer's delight. Kieran Brimson's "Portscatho Sunrise" print is a testament to this, showcasing the village's charm under the first light.

Portscatho Harbour not only offers a picturesque setting for photographers but is also a hub for visitors. This area embodies the serene beauty of Cornwall's South coast, making it a prime spot for those seeking to witness a mesmerising sunrise.

Gerrans Bay Cornwall UK

Gerrans Bay

Gerrans Bay, a tranquil haven away from the bustling tourist spots, offers a unique sunrise experience that's both calming and visually stunning - watching the sunrise over Towan offer breathtaking views. There’s the added bonus that the opportunity to spot seals during sunrise can add a special touch to the experience.

Nare head Cornwall UK

Nare Head

Nare Head, a beacon for sunrise enthusiasts in Cornwall, stands prominently on the Roseland Peninsula. Its unique position offers not just a sunrise but an entire morning of experiences that we can cherish.

The sunrise at Nare Head is known for casting warm hues across the sky, providing a spectacular backdrop for photographers and nature lovers. The panoramic views from this spot are unparalleled, making every moment worth capturing.

Staying at Driftwood offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the breathtaking sunrise in Cornwall, complemented by a full English breakfast that's nothing short of a culinary journey. Driftwood, known for its warmth and exceptional service, stands as a beacon of relaxation and spontaneity, nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Witnessing the sunrise across any of these glorious spots is more than just a visual treat; it's an invitation to engage with Cornwall’s coastal culture and its rhythm of life. Amid these enriching experiences, stay at Driftwood for a spectacular sunrise in Cornwall and enjoy watching the sunrise from the hidden beach before tucking into a full Cornish breakfast in our sea view restaurant. Let each sunrise serve as a reminder of the simple joys and the profound beauty our world has to offer, magnified by the majestic backdrop of Cornwall.

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