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Crantock Further Information

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About Crantock

From the 12th century until it closed in 1545 Crantock was home to a famous college which was a great seat of learning. Old as this may be its history goes back even further. A Celtic monastery was founded here before the Norman Conquest. After the conquest it was given to a Norman nobleman, who then gave it to Montacute Priory in Dorset.
There has been a church established on the site of the present church since 600 AD. St Carantoc Parish church was once Collegiate, contains a particularly beautiful Rood Screen and some excellent wood carvings. In 1412 the tower of the Norman Church collapsed destroying the Nave.
Today, Crantock is a lovely picturesque little village with thatched cottage, a few tea rooms, an art gallery, post office/stores, two pubs, the 'Cornishman' and 'The Albion'. Both pubs are close to one another in a quiet little cul-de-sac. The latter pub is perhaps how one would imagine an old Cornish pub would look, thatched roof, cottage appearance on the exterior and full of character on the inside. It sells a selection of real ales, good meals, and bar snacks. In the summer it is quite popular to sit outside and enjoy a meal.


It is just a short walk to Crantock's popular sandy beach, for a full description and images please go to our Cornwall Beach Guide under the Newquay section.


Most people come to Crantock to relax on the beach or enjoy the excellent walks around the River Gannel or over the cliffs. However, it is very close to Newquay, just a 10 minute drive away. For a full description of what is on offer in Newquay please go to the Newquay page on Towns and Villages.
Another popular local pub is the 'Bowgie Inn' on West Pentire. This is at the very mouth of the River Gannnel estuary with beautiful views overlooking Crantock Beach.


Accommodation in Crantock is quite limited although there is a large caravan park almost on the beach. The nearest accommodation in any quantity for the region is Newquay.