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Beaches in Falmouth

After meandering through the cobbled streets, out on to the quays and along the pier, head to the coast to catch some rays and relax on the sand in Falmouth.

The Falmouth beaches are small but close together so you can take your pick of whether you’re looking for somewhere for a barbecue or a dog friendly Falmouth beach. Each of them is in easy walking distance from the other, apart from Maenporth which will take you a little longer on foot but is well worth the views from the South West Coast Path. As well as the beaches, there are plenty of things to do in Falmouth.

This collection of beaches are scattered along the coast from Pendennis point along to Maenporth, all connected by the South West Coast Path. 

Swanpool beach

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Gyllyngvase Beach

The main beach in this string of sandy places to go is Gyllyngvase, known as ‘Gylly’ to the locals and home to the award-winning Gylly Beach Cafe. This is a great all-year-round beach with brilliant access, including a sand chair for those who struggle with walking. Dogs are allowed from October to Easter so you’ll usually find plenty of Falmouth residents bringing their pets here for a run in the sea. 

Tea time at Gylly beach


Castle Beach

Between Gylly beach and Pendennis point is Castle beach, this is a small spot that tends to be where the locals disappear to for the summer months. They have pretty beach huts out in the summer but in the winter it can be a fairly bleak place to go. The surrounding rocks make it perfect for adventuring through the rock pools introducing little ones to the local wildlife.


Swanpool Beach

Boasting magnificent hedgehog ice creams from Swanpool cafe, this is a brilliant family friendly beach just around the headland from Falmouth. Plus, with Swanpool lake just across the road you can take a walk around the lake and look out for cygnets in the spring before lazing in the sunshine on the beach. There’s also a crazy golf course if you have particularly energetic little ones who need to let off some steam.

Swanpool Beach


Maenporth Beach

A little further out from Falmouth, Maenporth is a great beach for summer barbecues and a spot of sea swimming. The cove is sheltered making it perfect for fish and other creatures to live among the rocks along the edges of the cliffs. This little cove is home to a brilliant cafe and a fantastic restaurant called the Cove. It’s well worth a visit for a special lunch or dinner while on holiday in Falmouth.

Paddle boarding

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