Getting to St Michaels

St Michaels resort sits on Gyllyngvase Beach in the cultural town of Falmouth in Cornwall.

St Michaels Resort Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall

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Travelling by road, rail & air

Wherever you are travelling from, the British countryside will be right by your window as you drive down to St Michaels Resort.

From London, the quickest way down to the resort would be via the M5, M4 and A30. However, we advise you to always check traffic beforehand as the route does get busy over the summer, especially on Friday’s. If traffic is bad, we recommend ditching the motorway to get a different perspective on the scenic A303. This journey is only a fraction slower than the motorway when there is no traffic but with traffic, this is, in our opinion, the best route. The A303 is considered one of the most beautiful roads in the south and includes the most spectacular view of Stonehenge. With more places to stop and little towns to explore, your journey down to the resort will be one to remember.

If you are travelling from further up north in the UK, for example from Birmingham, Leeds, or Newcastle, the motorways are your best option. The quickest routes are via the M1, M5 and the A30. Not to worry though as you will not be missing too many views because, once you join the A30, the tarmac lanes are swapped for miles of fields, and with the recent improvements made to the A30, travelling to St Michaels Resort could not be easier.

Travel past more of the British countryside as you make your way down the A30 to Truro, then follow signs to Falmouth, joining the A39. As you approach Falmouth, follow the signs for the beaches. As you come down Cliff Road, opposite Gylly beach, you will see the St Michaels sails on your left.

If you've booked an overnight stay of any kind, we have a private car park which is free of charge for residents in which we have 60 unreserved parking spaces.  However, if you are only staying for a day with no overnight accommodation plans, other parking is available on nearby roads or just a short walk or drive away. We recommend downloading the JustPark app for details on charges.

The final part of your journey will be stepping into our arrival lounge where your trip will truly begin.

Enjoying a scenic journey along the coastlines has never been easier, or quicker.

Great Western Railway operates high speed services from London Paddington, South Wales, and the Cotswolds to Cornwall, including sleeper services from London Paddington. For those travelling from the Midlands, the North and Scotland, Cross Country by Arriva will be your choice of train service down to Cornwall. Train tickets for Falmouth can be bought through Trainline online or directly through their app.

The Night Riviera Sleeper between the West Country and London is described as a bedroom on wheels. This travel option allows you to arrive in Cornwall well-rested and refreshed. If you choose the sleeper train, we recommend upgrading to a cabin which gives you access to the Great Western Railway lounges, with access to showers at both Paddington and Truro. You also get exclusive use of the on-board lounge, a welcome drink, wake-up call and complimentary continental breakfast. Travel by rail has never been more luxurious.

After arriving a Truro there is one change onto the Maritime line, a twice-hourly rail service between Truro and Falmouth. Your stop is Falmouth Town Railway station which is a quick ten-minute walk from St Michaels Resort.

If the weather isn’t in your favour when you arrive, call up Donald’s Cars on 01326 313123, which is our recommended private car hire business to get you to the resort quickly with no fuss. They will drop you right outside our arrival lounge to allow you to start your holiday with ease.

Other taxi services include: Abacus & Falmouth Taxis (01326 212141), Radio Taxis Falmouth (01326 313131) and Able Cabs (01326 373007).  

Now serviced by direct flights with Flybe from around the UK, Europe and indirect services from around the world, Newquay Airport unlocks the beautiful South West to visitors from across the globe.

Flights to Newquay Airport from London Heathrow operate daily and take about an hour. Newquay Airport is approximately 25 miles and a 50-minute drive from Falmouth.

The only ways to travel from Newquay Airport to St Michaels Resort is by bus, taxi, or hire car.

We recommend Donald’s Cars (01326 313123), a private car hire business which will get you to the resort with ease, however other taxi services are available. We advise you to book a taxi in advance and the fare to Falmouth is likely to be in the region of £45-£60. Other taxi services include: Abacus & Falmouth Taxis (01326 212141), Radio Taxis Falmouth (01326 313131) and Able Cabs (01326 373007).

If you are going to be spending your time exploring Cornwall, we recommend getting a hire car to get you to and from the county’s various attractions and landmarks. Hire car companies operating from Newquay Airport include Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Europcar. If you choose to go down this route, click on our ‘By Road’ travel option for the easiest way to get to the Resort.

Alternatively, both Exeter and Bristol Airport are located a bit further away but give you more options if you prefer direct flights.

Exeter Airport, is Flybe’s base and offers a bigger choice of direct flights from around the UK and Europe with indirect flights from across the globe. Once you have landed, the quickest route down to the Resort will be by hire car. Hire car companies operating from Exeter Airport include Hertz, Avis, Budget UK, Europcar and Alamo. Exeter Airport to St Michaels Resort is just under a 2-hour drive. Alternatively, if long car journeys aren’t for you, Exeter St David’s is a 15-minute taxi ride away from the airport. From Exeter St David’s you can hop on a Great Western Railway train and watch the world go by as you relax in an airline style seat on a 2-hour train journey that lets you enjoy coastline views as you make your way down to the Resort.

Bristol Airport is serviced by direct flights from around the UK and Europe as well as other destinations around the world. From Bristol Airport, Bristol Temple Meads is a short train journey away and from there you can travel down to Cornwall by rail with Great Western Railway, enjoying your first taste of the British countryside as it rushes past you.

If travelling by train from either Bristol or Exeter Airport, once arriving at Truro, there is one more 10-minute train on the Maritime Line to Falmouth Town Railway station which is a 10-minute walk away from the resort, or a 5-minute taxi journey away.

Another airport with direct flights to and from Newquay Airport is London Southend Airport. From Southend you can get direct flights to many destinations around Europe. If flying into Southend, why not spend a couple of days in London, taking in the sights such as Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London before getting the Night Riviera Sleeper where you can rest in luxury whilst travelling 300 miles down to Cornwall. Once arrived in Truro, well-rested with a full continental breakfast in your stomach, the resort is a short train journey away on the Maritime line to Falmouth Town where you can then take a short stroll to the Resort, taking in the beautiful Cornish sunshine. Once you have arrived, drop off your bags and spend the morning exploring the little town of Falmouth. If you get peckish, why not come back to the resort and enjoy a stone-baked pizza or a Middle Eastern inspired salad in our Garden Kitchen. If you are still full-up from your complimentary breakfast on board the train, spend a little more time in Falmouth and come back for an afternoon tea in the resort’s restaurant, Brasserie on the Bay. If you’re treating yourself, upgrade to a sparkling afternoon tea and sip on a glass of champagne whilst enjoying the gorgeous view Brasserie on the Bay has to offer.

If you are on a cruise ship and docking at County Wharf in Falmouth, St Michaels Resort is a great place to visit. Only a ten-minute walk from the third deepest natural harbour in the world, our resort offers spa days, day passes to the health club and more.

Cruise ships such as The Ambition, Rotterdam, Europa, and Silver Wind dock in Falmouth for 10-12 hours.

If you want to spend some time on solid ground, indulge yourself in one of our spa days where we will spoil you from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. All of our spa days, with the exception of our Mother-To-Be Package include a 3-hour complimentary Hydrothermal Experience with access to our hydrotherapy pool, saunas, steam rooms, experience showers and more. Most of our spa days also include brunch or lunch in the Garden Kitchen or dinner in Brasserie on the Bay. With many options to choose from, you will find one to suit the time you are docked in Falmouth. Spa days start at just £89pp and more information can be found here.

If you’re looking to get a workout in, our health club offers the most extensive and varied fitness class timetable in Falmouth. With day passes costing only £12, you can enjoy use of the gym, pool, sauna and steam room. If you’d like to take part in one of our fitness classes, you can book in on the day for £9 per class. Once you’ve worked out, wander over to our Garden Kitchen and enjoy a stone-baked pizza or Middle Eastern inspired salad for lunch, or, re-energise yourself with one of our smoothies or juices.

If a spa day or workout isn’t for you, why not enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea in our restaurant, Brasserie on the Bay, or treat yourself and upgrade to a sparkling afternoon tea. Sip on a glass of champagne and fill your bellies with freshly prepared, sandwiches, scones and cakes whilst taking in the idyllic views of Falmouth Bay.

However you want to spend your time onshore, St Michaels Resort has many options that will make your stop in Falmouth a great memory.