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Situated in the heart of Falmouth, Castle Beach is one of our most popular survey sites. At low tide, the shingle beach gives way to a wide expanse of rockpools, home to a huge range of biodiversity. The marine life is so good here that at high tide, castle beach provides an excellent snorkelling location and the wreck offshore is a well-known dive site.
Castle beach is home to two of our survey sites- Castle Beach North and Castle Beach South. The beach is joined at low tide with other Falmouth survey sites at Tunnel Beach and Gyllyngvase.
The most commonly recorded species at this site is the Beadlet Anemone (Actinia equina)
If you look carefully you might spot some stunning Blue Rayed Limpets (Patella pellucida) munching on kelp at low tide!
Parking for this beach can be found along Cliff Road, which runs directly adjacent to the beach, or at the nearby Gyllygnvase Pay and Display Car Park.
Dogs are welcome on the beach out of season.
Throughout the summer months, Castle Beach Café provides welcome refreshment after a lengthy survey session, and there are toilet facilities on site.
Although there are no lifeguards on this beach, lifeguards may be found in-season at nearby Gylly beach.