Falmouth’s main beach, it extends alongside Cliff Road, providing a crescent shaped white sandy stretch, ideal for family bathing and water sports. Gyllyngvase is a Blue Flag beach. Sand chair available for hire from the Beach Café for disabled beach access.
Take a short walk along the cliff path from Gyllyngvase, to discover Swanpool Beach offering a large variety of water-based activities and a children’s play area. Opposite is Swanpool Nature Reserve for those who want to discover tranquillity and the local wildlife. Leaflets are available in the cafe on the beach or from the Tourist Information Centre.
A narrow beach on Falmouth’s seafront. Here you will find sparkling rock pools – the stuff of childhood memories!
A wide sandy beach, two miles south west of Falmouth, in a peaceful setting with views of Falmouth, Pendennis Castle and St Anthony Lighthouse on the Roseland Peninsula.
Flushing beach with views across Falmouth Harbour, access to Trefusis Point.
Cornwall offers a huge variety gardens. Here are a few ideas for exploring our superb gardens and attractions …
Superb National Trust subtropical valley garden with views over the Helford River and coastline offering year-round interest. Open February to October.
A spectacular 26 acre Cornish ravine garden, rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world The garden is open every day of the year; the shops and Planters Café are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
National Trust tranquil garden set on many levels, containing a superb collection of tender and exotic plants Open all year for woodland walks. Shop/Gallery/Restaurant open year round except during Christmas and Easter holidays periods.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Eighty acres of pleasure grounds plus a complex of walled gardens and a huge vegetable garden. Open daily all year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Local Gardens and Parks
Falmouth has a mild maritime climate, warmed by the Gulf Stream enabling many sub-tropical species of plant to flourish. For those interested in horticulture, Falmouth is indeed a continual delight, with almost every garden exhibiting plants or trees of unusual interest. Both Fox Rosehill and Queen Mary Gardens have received the National Green Park Flag Award, with credit for being of great historical and botanical importance for Falmouth and in recognition of environmental protection and enhancement of the Gardens.
Fox Rosehill Gardens
These gardens are located off Melvill Road. This peaceful garden is a legacy from the Fox Family who gave part of the garden for public enjoyment at the end of the Second World War. Packet Ship Captains who travelled the globe brought back many exotic plants from Australia, New Zealand and South America which have been successfully introduced to the mild Cornish climate, including Lemon, Banana and Eucalyptus Trees, Bamboos, Agaves and a wide variety of Palms.
Queen Mary Gardens
Established in 1912 by a generous benefactor, the Honourable Agnes Mary Goldman. Originally known as Kimberley Marshes, the site was once a river mouth which silted up after the development of the shingle bar now known as Gyllyngvase Beach. The gardens were refurbished in 1992, providing a revitalising splash of colour to a seascape background with their high quality summer bedding schemes on display from June to September.
These unique and formal gardens, adjacent to the Princess Pavilion Theatre surround a superb period centre piece -the Victorian Bandstand. The gardens form an excellent backdrop for outdoor events such as band concerts, garden fetes and the annual Falmouth Spring Flower Show and the Pelargonium Show. Notably Falmouth’s finest formal gardens, Gyllyngdune offers an excellent display of bedding plants, flower towers and hanging baskets during the summer months. A delightful stroll along Gyllyngdune’s grotto walkway leads you to Falmouth’s seafront.
These gardens pre-date 1877 and are named after the Earl of Kimberley, who leases the Park to the Borough of Falmouth. The seven acre site is the home to many fine ornamental trees and the flower beds have assisted with the many awards that have been won in the Falmouth Britain in Bloom Competitions. A tree planting programme to help protect the heritage of Falmouth has produced a green oasis to be enjoyed.
Other Outdoor Attractions
St Michaels Mount
Magical rocky island crowned by medieval castle and church. Run by the National Trust, St Michaels Mount is open from end-March to end October.
The Minack Theatre
Open air cliff top theatre. Open all year round for daytime visits and evening theatre performances from May to September.
On the water
Falmouth offers a huge variety of choices for getting out on the water. Here are a few ideas for exploring our superb marine environment …
Falmouth River Links
An extensive network of boat trips and ferries that will take you all around Falmouth, Helford and the Roseland Peninsular.
Falmouth School of Sailing
Falmouth Surf School Surfing courses are for all ages and all abilities – Equipment and transport provided.
Stand Up Paddle boarding in Gylly Beach, Falmouth
Kayaking, Canoeing, Windsurfing Coasteering, SUP and more at Swanpool Beach, Falmouth
If you have your own boat … Falmouth is Cornwall’s leading South Coast sailing resort.
Falmouth Week, held annually in August, is a Mecca for sailors from all over the UK. The ideal sailing conditions found in Falmouth Bay and the Carrick Roads are perfect for both competitive and fun sailing set in some of the most beautiful surroundings in the country.
This link has a more information visitor’s marina right in front of Harbour’s Reach:
There is also a launching slipway and trailer parking about 200 metres from the us. Both of these facilities are operated by the Falmouth Haven and more details about all of their services can be found from their website:
For dinghies and larger craft Falmouth Yacht Haven with a capacity for 100 boats which can provide effective shelter in all conditions. The Yacht Haven is suitable for use by vessels up to 15m Length and 2.5m draft. Falmouth Yacht Haven is 100m from Harbour’s Reach. Full details from the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners.
Falmouth harbour offers a safe anchorage area for visiting yachts and boats only 200m from our apartments.
Falmouth Golf Club 18 holes Par 71 offering spectacular views across Falmouth Bay.