Our Guide to Castle Beach, Falmouth


Castle Beach is a short walk from St Michaels Hotel. Secluded, safe and super for snorkelling, here's our top ten facts about this popular Falmouth beach...

Castle beach
Castle beach

1. This gorgeous little site is the most northerly of the Falmouth beaches, sitting below the imposing Pendennis Point.

2. Castle Beach is an ideal spot for rock pooling, diving and snorkelling.

3. From here, you can gaze across to the Helford Passage and further afield to the Lizard Peninsula.

4.  Pendennis Castle is a 16th century castle built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion.

The granite stronghold is perched on its headland and sits opposite its sister castle in St Mawes, making a powerful defence for the entrance to Falmouth harbour.

5. There is no beach car park, but there’s plenty of road parking nearby and a car park along Pendennis Point. Or if you’re staying with us, it’s just a 10 minute walk.

6. At high tide, the whole beach can be covered underwater, so be sure to time it right. Low tide will promise exposed rock pools to explore.

7. Stroll over to Castle Beach Café for pasties, paninis and ice-creams then kick back as you bask on their sun-deck.

8. Deck chairs can be hired so you can spend the afternoon relaxing with a good book.

9. Head away from the point end of the beach where rock pools merge into golden sand.

10. It’s a popular spot for locals and safe for children. Like Gyllyngvase beach, the dog ban is lifted at October so pooches can roam free on the beach until Easter.