Our guide to Falmouth’s family friendly beaches


Gyllyngvase beach

great for watersports, swimming and sand castles

Right on our doorstep, Gyllyngvase beach is probably Falmouth’s most popular beach. With a prestigious Blue Flag award, it offers safe swimming and lots of facilities including toilets, lifeguard, deckchair hire, watersports hire and a family-run café.

Castle beach

great for rock pooling

Overlooked by Pendennis Castle, this beach is a good spot for rock pools and an afternoon picnic. There is a small café here, toilets, and a shop selling all the necessary buckets and nets you'll need for a fun rock pool safari.

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Swanpool beach

great for crazy golf, watersports and ice creams

Follow the coast path from Gyllyngvase heading west over the headland for about 10 minutes to Swanpool - a sheltered sand and pebble cove with a bouncy castle, watersports hire, crazy golf and café. The children will love the quirky ice-creams you can find here, which are smothered in Cornish clotted cream then topped with a variety of extras.

Just inland is Swanpool Nature Reserve where you can see ducks, swans and the occasional kingfisher.

Maenporth beach

great for watersports

A further half an hours walk (or 10 minute drive if you're in a rush or laden with beach gear) is Maenporth beach. This quiet sandy beach is sheltered from the wind by low cliffs and offers watersports such as kayaking and windsurfing.