This sandy, southeast-facing, beach is one of Falmouth’s most popular beaches. It is located conveniently close to the town centre and offers excellent swimming and rock pooling.
It is one of only five beaches in Cornwall to be awarded the Blue Flag in 2011. The beach is cleaned daily in season and is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society.
Lifeguards: RNLI in summer months.
Dogs: banned from Easter Day to 1 October
Parking: free 1 October to 31 March
Refreshments: Gylly Beach cafe and restaurant
Toilets: yes with disabled facilities
Other: Queen Mary Gardens are located immediately behind the beach and have free, daytime, public access.
Wheelchair access: good. A sand chair is available for hire. It is an all terrain wheelchair that manages the uneven beach terrain and can be pushed into the water.
Excellent for swimming and zoned for watersports in season. Rock pooling is also popular.
There is a beach volleyball net in season.
Fishing: daytime fishing on the beach is normally impractical in season due to the other activities but the rocky outcrops on either side of the beach can produce bass, wrasse, small pollock and mackerel.
Walking: South West Coast Path north to Castle beach, Falmouth (0.5 mile) and south to Swanpool (0.5 mile).
Birdwatching: sandwich terns and gannets are often seen during the summer feeding in Falmouth Bay. Oyster-catchers, turnstones and little egrets feed amongst the rock pools exposed at low tide on the southern side of the beach.
Marine life: through binoculars you may be fortunate to see dolphins out at sea. A huge variety of marine life can be found in rock pools exposed at low tide on either side of the beach.
Extremely conveniently located for a range of hotels, self-catering accommodation, bed and breakfasts and hostels, some within 100 metres of the beach.
Caravan and camping sites are only a few miles drive away.
See our Falmouth accommodation page.
Grid reference: LR SW808316
Latitude/longitude: 50.144273N and 5.068000W
Post code: TR11 4PA (for sat nav purposes)
Public transport: Falmouth Town railway station (see map) and bus stop serviced by Great Western Greyhound 500
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