Gylly Beach

Gyllyngvase beach is a popular beach in Falmouth and is perfect for families with three different rock pool sites to choose from.
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About Gyllyngvase Beach:

Gyllyngvase beach, commonly known as Gylly beach is one of the most popular and largest beaches in Falmouth, and is a perfect spot for families. It is a 10/15 minute walk from Falmouth Town Centre and is one of the seven beaches in Cornwall that has received a Blue Flag Award in 2019, recognising its clean, well-managed beaches and high water quality.


The Rock Pool Project at Gylly Beach:

The beach here is crescent shaped and sandy and has 3 sites to rockpool at – Gylly North, Gylly South and Gylly Extreme South. When the tide is low, Gylly North connects to Castle Beach.

Survey Stats:

As of April 2021

Most Common Species: 

Furrowed or Montagu’s crab (Xantho hydrophilus) is most commonly found at Gylly beach so be sure to lift up big rocks and have a look underneath to find this crab.


If you are travelling by car there is a Cornwall Council car park 100 yards away from the beach. There is also street parking available, although limited in the summer months.

If travelling by train, you can alight at either Falmouth Docks or Falmouth Town station and are a 10-20 minute walk along the beaches.


  • There is RNLI Lifeguard cover between May – September.
  • There are public toilets on Gylly Beach
  • Gylly Beach Café is located right over the beach and you can enjoy food and drinks here.
  • Opposite the café is a small take-away building which offers ice-cream, food and drinks.

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Rock Pool Project discoveries for this site