Gyllyngvase Beach

Image courtesy of Chris Fletcher, IG: chrisfletcherphotography

In Brief

Suitable for: Families
Location: Off Cliff Road in Falmouth
Parking: Large council-run car park next to beach
Dog friendly?: Yes, apart from the summer months

Think Falmouth and you probably think of the university, the historic castles like Pendennis, the harbour, the estuary and the incredible locally caught seafood. But Falmouth is also known for its beaches, especially Gyllyngvase, or Gylly Beach for short.

The pretty Gylly Beach, right out on Falmouth’s seafront, just a 15 minute walk away from the town centre, is popular with both locals and holidaymakers during the hotter months of the year. This wide crescent of golden sands sits next to a blue-tinted sea and is surrounded by awesome amenities, hence its popularity with visitors to the town. One of the most popular amenities is the Gylly Beach Café that looks over the sands and sports an al fresco terrace which is perfect for a bite in the sun.

Lifeguard cover is in place at Gylly over the summer months and a large council-run car park right next to the beach is a big draw. Dogs are banned from the beach during the summer, though. Gylly is Falmouth’s largest beach and is perfect for families to relax on all day, however it’s also pretty good for watersports too, with stand up paddleboarding becoming a popular option out in the deep blue. Note: this beach has also won awards to show that the water is clean and the beach is safe.

Go and eat that seafood in the town. Tour the marvellous castles of Pendennis and St Mawes. Check out the harbour and estuary. But add an afternoon on Gylly to your itinerary if the sun is out. You’ll find plenty of space and, once you’re done, get back into Falmouth’s town centre in just 15 minutes to… well… eat more seafood, we reckon!