Gyllyngvase Beach

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    Located just a stone's throw from Falmouth town centre Gyllyngvase is widely considered the best beach in the area. A wide crescent of soft, pale sand lapped by the calm clear waters of Falmouth Bay, what's not to like? Not a lot if the Blue Flag award is anything to go by.

    Gyllyngvase beach is great for families with all the facilities you'll need close at hand. Beachside showers and toilets are open all year round and there is a cafe serving hot and cold food right on the beach.

    The sea here is clean, clear and generally safe as the beach is well sheltered from rough seas by the Lizard Peninsula to the west. In addition there is lifeguard cover during the summer months so swimming is fine.

    The gently sloping white sand also has plenty of rock pools to explore at low tide with shrimps, crabs and squat lobsters in abundance.

    During the winter there is occasionally surf at Gyllyngvase and the reef just to the west can produce a reasonable wave. However, the beach is generally more suited to calm water sports such as kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

    The backdrop to Gyllyngvase beach is equally pleasant with St Mary's Gardens forming much of this. The views aren't bad either with Pendennis Point and Castle in the distance and all the shipping coming and going from Falmouth harbour to watch.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service

    RNLI lifeguard cover daily from 19 May - 30 September

    Dogs friendly beach?

    Seasonal dog ban. 15th May to 30th September / 10am to 6pm

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    Disabled access

    There is level access to the beach along with disabled toilets. A sand chair is available for hire from Gyllyngvase Beach Cafe and can be booked on 01326 312884


    TR11 4PA

    OS grid ref.

    SW 8095 3163


    Gylly Beach Café Disabled access, toilets, refreshments and lifeguard cover during the summer. Gyllyngvase Beach has a sand chair (needs to be hired in advance) for access to the beach and the water for people with mobility problems. Call 01326 312884


    Blue Flag AwardSeaside Award