St Piran

St Piran’s is the parish church of Perranzabuloe was situated just outside the village of Perranporth following the demise of the previous church which succumbed to the encroachment of sand.

Perranzabuloe, Cornwall

Opening times

Normally only open during summer months on Wednesdays between 11am and 3pm from 20th June to 5th September.



Much of the current church was reclaimed from the church on the dunes and it was built in 1805 from much of the stone and fittings reclaimed from the second church on the dunes.

Christianity in Cornwall is reported to come from the church set up on the dunes by St Piran, this was consumed with sand and a new church was built on the dunes before itself becoming consumed with sand, this resulted in the church at Perranzabuloe being built.

Piran's is the third church to be built in Perranzabuloe, the first being St Piran's Oratory dating back to the 6th century. The Oratory was built in the sand dunes by St Piran. This oratory was eventually consumed by sand and water. A second church was then built further up in the sand dunes, but this again suffered the same fate as the oratory being also consumed by sand. Lord Falmouth in 1800 donated a plot of land where the now present church stands. Some of that church can still be seen in the church today including two of the pillars, the bell tower, font, pew ends and the pulpit.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Level access throughout

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Afternoon Teas served on the first Thursday each month from June to September 2pm to 4pm.

  • Church of England

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