Gyllyngvase beach

Gyllyngvase beach

Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 excellent water quality

Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth, on the South Cornwall coast is one of the most popular beaches in Falmouth.

  • Less than 10 minutes walk to historic Falmouth's town centre
  • Falmouth's largest beach
  • Fine crescent of sand
  • Popular with families
  • Great amenities
  • Good for watersports 


  • Gylly Beach Cafe is built over the beach and offers fantastic views from its sundrenched terrace and is open all year round. Prides itself on utilising wherever possible, local produce and best environmental practice. Fresh contemporary menu - expect lots of fish/shellfish, salads, tapas, accompanied by chilled out acoustic music sessions. Perfect place for a romantic meal or a family gathering by the beach
  • Buggy-friendly
  • Access - flat
  • WESUP is Cornwall's first dedicated stand up Paddleboard centre operating from Gylly Beach
  • Adjacent to Gylly Beach Cafe is a small building which sells take-away food, ice-cream and beach goodies throughout the summer months
  • Public toilets are located 20 yards away from Gylly beach
  • Gyllyngvase Beach is a 10 minute walk from the centre of town
  • The well-kept formal Queen Mary Gardens near the beach were opened in 1910 and are home to sub-tropical plants such as colourful Agapanthus and giant leafed Gunnera.
  • Linked via the South West Coastpath to Swanpool Beach and Nature Reserve 
  • There is a large car park 100 yards away
  • The beach is raked every morning during the summer months

Lifeguard cover There is RNLI Lifeguard cover between 15 May - 26 September at Gyllyngvase beach 

Dogs Seasonal dog ban. Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter Sunday and 30 September when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

Dog Friendly


  • Facilities
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Lifeguard cover (Spring/Summer)
  • Restaurant/Cafe


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Entrance flat / without steps

Opening Times

Open all year


From Truro follow the signs for Falmouth on the A39. Keep on the A39 into Falmouth, straight on through the traffic lights after the Esso garage, then straight on through the next roundabout, at the 2nd roundabout beside the Green Lawns Hotel turn right and follow the signs to Beaches, then take the 2nd left and follow this road down the hill where you will find a public car park on your right. Parking also along Cliff Road.


MCS Good Beach Guide 2014


Gyllyngvase Beach
Cliff Road
Falmouth Cornwall TR11 4NA

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