Gyllyngvase beach (known as Gylly) is probably the most popular beach in Falmouth, being only 10 minutes from the town centre, and an elite Blue-Flag beach to boot with summer lifeguard cover. It is also linked to Swanpool Beach and Nature Reserve via the South West Coast Path.
It’s a strange name, isn’t it? Rumour has it, it is named after William, the son of Henry I who was lost in a shipwreck off the coast here in 1120. However, it is more likely to be named after the Cornish word for ‘shallow inlet’
Sitting in a wide sandy arc, this man-made gently sloping beach is ideal for calm water sports, such as tand up paddleboarding (SUP), bodyboarding or a relaxing swim, as it is not known for big surfing waves. It has delightful rock pools, too, for the children. See if they can find shrimps, crabs or even lobsters.
The Lizard Peninsula shelters the beach from the roughest seas, ad it also has fabulous facilities from a café to beachside showers.
In the background lies sun-drenched Queen Mary’s gardens and the view takes you to Pendennis Castle and, of course, the shipping from bustling Falmouth Harbour.
Here you'll find local tips on making the most out of your visit... from where to eat and drink to checking out attractions that are close by.