Lovingly named Gylly Beach by the locals, the white sandy beach with its shallow water and the stunning backdrop of the seafront and Pendennis castle attracts visitor from near and far.
Hire paddle boards or kayaks directly on the beach or if you are a beginner, book a lesson with an experienced instructor. Gylly Adventure also offers regular Caves & Shipwreck Kayak Adventures and SUP Yoga sessions.
Gylly Beach Café enjoys stunning views across the beach and in addition to its large indoor space there’s also an outdoor seating area with a roof and even heaters for the colder days of the year. The kiosk right opposite has its own bakery and offers everything you need for a day on the beach.
A little smaller than neighbouring Gylly Beach, the sandy cove is sheltered by the surrounding cliffs and ideal for swimming and kayaking. Swanpool beach café offers a wonderful selection of quirky ice cream compositions.
Only a short drive away you can find Maenporth Beach, another sandy beach that is ideal for families and with its own surf school and café. Try The Cove restaurant opposite for an exquisite lunch or dining experience with a sea view.
Between 15th May and 30th September between 10am and 6pm dogs are not allowed on Falmouth’s or beaches, but they are dog friendly between 1st October and until 14th May.
Lifeguard services are available from May to September on Gylly beach.
Prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure in Falmouth’s extensive café and dining scene. Our favourites are:
Hooked on the Rocks for fresh seafood with glorious views across Swanpool Beach
The Star & Garter, a cosy gastro pub – especially loved for its Sunday Roast
IndiDog on the Harbour
A stylish restaurant just off the highstreet, sitting on the harbour wall offering gorgeous views over the water.
A gregarious restaurant and bar with kitsch decorative touches and classic British dishes.
Gylly Beach Café
Good Vibes Café
Visit the Chintz for a quirky bar experience.
Gyllyngvase to Swanpool Coastal Walk:
Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque coastline from Gyllyngvase Beach to Swanpool Beach.
Pendennis Point to Castle Walk:
Embark on a historical, scenic adventure by walking along the coast from Gyllyngvase Beach to Pendennis Point. From there, follow the coastal path as it winds its way to Pendennis Castle, enjoying the panoramic views of Falmouth Harbor and the surrounding landscapes.
South West Coast Path from Swanpool Beach to Maenporth Beach:
For a longer and more adventurous walk, venture onto the South West Coast Path from Falmouth to Maenporth. The coast path can be found by walking past Swanpool Beach and Hooked on Rocks Restaurant. You will then find the public path sign on your left.
This trail offers breathtaking vistas of rugged cliffs, hidden coves, and rolling hills. Before heading back, take a break at Life’s a Beach Café.
National Maritime Museum
The award-winning museum is set right at the waterfront and overlooking the harbour. Learn about Cornwall’s maritime heritage and admire ship models, paintings, and personal belongings of famous explorers. During school holidays, children can take part in interactive hobby classes and workshops.
Visit Pendennis Castle
The 16th-century artillery fort is situated on Falmouth’s headland and was built by Henry VIII to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire. Learn about the fort’s history and explore the castle’s fortifications, interactive exhibits and displays.
Visit the gardens
Near Falmouth you will find Trebah Garden and Glendurgan Gardens along the Helford River with its exotic plant collection from all across the world. The gardens are adjacent to the Helford River, one of Cornwall’s most scenic areas.
Boat trip to St Mawes
Take a boat trip to the picturesque village of St Mawes and admire Falmouth, the coast, and stunning villas from the water. If you are lucky, you might even spot some dolphins or other marine wildlife.