Gyllyngvase is the closest beach to Falmouth town centre and the largest in the area. This makes it a popular spot. Gylly is just a 10 minute walk from the town centre and slightly less than that from Falmouth Town train station.
The beach is fairly large even at high tide and made up of fine golden sand with rocks to either side of the beach. As the tide starts receding the rocks to either side are a good place to explore with plenty of rock pools and sea life to be seen.
The sea itself remains fairly shallow for a good distance which makes Gyllyngvase a great place to take a dip or go for a swim. Being located within Falmouth bay the beach is fairly sheltered and remains calm for much of the season. It is of course sensible to take care during windier or rough weather. There rocky areas either side of Gyllyngvase beach can be quite enjoyable to snorkel around.
There is even the remains of a shipwreck towards the right hand side of the beach between Gylly and Swanpool. A 5000 tonne oil tanker that run ashore in 1916 caught fire and burned for three days. Most of the wreck has been salvaged but some remains and local dive schools regularly make trips from Gyllyngvase beach to teach students how to scuba dive.
Other watersports and activities at Gylly include stand up paddle boarding and kayaking with paddle board hire and lessons taking place from the small hut on the beach.
If you prefer a more relaxing time at the beach however there is Gylly Beach Cafe which sits at the head of the beach and makes a great location to watch the tides go by whilst having a coffee or a bite to eat. Opposite the cafe is a takeaway stand selling food, drinks and ice creams.
Just behind the beach is Queen Mary Gardens which is a nice place to stroll around or sit away from the bustle of the beach on a busy summer’s day.
Getting To & Parking At Gyllyngvase Beach
On the A39 road into Falmouth follow signs for the town centre. Follow the A39 all the way into Falmouth, you will get to a roundabout where Merchant’s Manor is with a brown tourist indication marked beaches. Take the right at this roundabout and after around 200 meters on this road you will see a sign for Swanpool and Maenporth. Take the left turn away from Swanpool. Follow this road over the speed humps for around 200 metres and the car park for Gyllyngvase Beach is on the right hand side. Further parking is available on road all around this area.
Access and Facilities
The main car park is just across the road from the beach and there is flat level access onto Gylly beach itself.
There are a block of public toilets on the footpath at the top of the beach, these toilets have disabled facilities as well.
Lifeguard Patrol & Swimming
Lifeguard patrols are stationed at Gylly beach between Easter and the end of September for the duration of the summer season.
Swimming at Gyllyngvase is fairly safe. The beach slopes fairly gently so is shallow for a fair distance except at high tide. The bay is also sheltered from the Atlantic swells so the sea remains fairly calm except in stormy weather.
Surfing At Gylly
Like all the beaches around Falmouth, Gyllyngvase is an inconsistent spot because it is sheltered in Falmouth bay. It can work occasionally during the winter if there are large southwesterly swells and offshore winds. It is usually calm throughout the rest of the year. As mentioned previously stand up paddle boarding is popular here.
Dogs are allowed on the beach out of season, the period between Easter and September has a ban on dogs being allowed on the beach.