A Dog-Friendly Guide to Falmouth

July 05th, 2021

For many of us, being able to bring our four-legged friends on holiday is a must – especially when said holiday involves a trip or two to the beach! Falmouth is a beautiful coastal town with plenty to see and do, even when accompanied by your dog.

Here at The Valley, we heartily welcome dogs to our dog-friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall, but we know that not everywhere can say the same.

Whether it’s finding a spot for lunch or organising a day full of activities, locating places that accept dogs can sometimes be tricky. Our guide covers some great sites in Falmouth, so you and the whole family, including your pup, can make the most of your Cornwall holiday.

A black dog on the beach holding a ball in its mouth

Dog-Friendly Beaches Near Falmouth

Falmouth is a stunning seaside town, which means there are plenty of local beaches for you to explore.

Unfortunately, all Falmouth beaches have a seasonal dog ban, meaning the main beaches of Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth are off-limits during certain months of the year. However, if you’re happy to venture a little further out of town, you’ll find some fantastic spots that’ll welcome your dog.

Most dogs love to run wild at the beach and have a splash around in the water, so be sure to visit some of these beaches that allow dogs all year round.

Carne Beach

Carne Beach is a picturesque, sandy beach – perfect for a day out with the family. The beach is south facing and sheltered by Nare Head, making it a beautifully peaceful spot to set up for the day.

At lower tides, you can find some fascinating rock pools; perusing the sea life that collects here makes a great activity for the kids. As the beach permits dogs all year round, your pooch will have endless fun on these shores too.

Carne Beach is a little off the beaten track, meaning it’s usually free of the same crowds that even more popular beaches garner.

Polgwidden Cove

Polgwidden beach is somewhat hidden and unknown as the entrance can only be found through Trebah Gardens. It is a lovely sandy beach with a shingle cove where dogs are welcome all year round!

Based on the Helford River, the beach boasts splendid views and is an excellent location for a stroll along the coast or even a bit of leisurely boating.

The cove also has a rich and interesting history as it was used by the military in WW2 to launch the attack on Omaha beach in Normandy!

Portholland Beach

Portholland is comprised of two beaches, both of which offer vast stretches of golden sand.

At low tide, the east and west beaches join and create a brilliant opportunity for a long walk by the sea. Both beaches are dog-friendly all year round, so your furry friend can explore with you to their heart’s content.

There are also plenty of opportunities to grab a bite from the local seaside cafe to recharge after your adventures on the beach!

More Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall

If you don’t mind travelling a little further from Falmouth, other lovely beaches that allow dogs all year round include:

  • Hemmick Beach
  • Porthluney Beach
  • Vault Beach
A dog at a café resting its head on the table

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Falmouth

It can certainly be challenging to find the perfect place to eat, especially with your dog in tow! Thankfully, numerous places in Falmouth welcome our four-legged friends, so you won’t be short of places to visit!

Stable Pizza

As you might have guessed from its name, this place is all about pizza!

Stable Pizza offers fresh sourdough bases with homemade tomato sauce and an array of delicious toppings; absolute heaven after a long day at the beach. The restaurant also has a variety of fifty different ciders; you’ll undoubtedly be spoilt for choice.

This location is based on two floors – dogs are welcome on the ground floor.

Harbour View

This restaurant is located on the harbour front and boasts some fantastic views. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner while you watch the scenic world go by.

There is seating both indoors and on the deck – if you’re lucky enough to have a bit of sunshine, why not enjoy some alfresco dining right by the water?

Even if the day is slightly chillier or you want to enjoy outdoor dining at night when the cooler temperatures settle in, Harbour View offers complimentary blankets to keep you warm while you enjoy the views.

The Boathouse

Situated right by the water, The Boathouse is in the prime spot to enjoy some more incredible views of Falmouth Harbour.

The pub has been around for over 300 years, and it is a local staple. The menu is chock full of delicious meals, including burgers, fresh fish dishes and their famous Sunday roasts.

You’ll find both indoor and outdoor seating areas that allow your dog to join you.

Five Degrees West

Another Falmouth favourite, this bar, grill and beer garden is the perfect place for a spot of lunch and a pint. The pub is dog-friendly with a spacious layout and both outdoor and indoor seating.

For a livelier evening, they also put on live music events to accompany the delicious food and drinks.

A little dog running through a field

Dog-Friendly Attractions Near Falmouth

Falmouth is home to a variety of places to visit. Unfortunately, not all of them allow dogs. However, don’t worry just yet – there are still plenty of great spots that will welcome your pup on a day out!

Trebah Gardens

Roughly a 15-minute drive from Falmouth, Trebah Gardens is a sub-tropical paradise and is considered one of Cornwall’s gems.

The gardens feature an array of stunning flowers, giant gunnera, numerous streams and tranquil ponds. It is a splendid location for lovers of the outdoors and those who like to embrace a walk surrounded by natural beauty. Dogs are welcome to join you so long as they are on a lead.

Once you have taken a stroll through the glorious grounds, stop off at the café and grab a bite to eat. The gift shop will also offer locally-produced food, crafts and everything garden related!

Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle is a great day out for all the family and is definitely one to visit for lovers of history and stunning views.

The castle is one of Henry VIII’s most beautiful coastal fortresses, and its picturesque location is hard not to admire! Once you have taken a stroll around the incredible castle and have learned all about its fascinating history, take a trip to the tea room to enjoy a classic Cornish cream tea.

Dogs are welcome at Pendennis Castle all year round, as long as they are kept on a lead.

If you’re interested in a dog-friendly holiday to Cornwall, check out our dog-friendly cottages and start planning your perfect stay today!

If a trip to Falmouth hasn’t made your holiday itinerary, take a look at our guide below to discover other great locations that are just as welcoming of your dog.

There are many places to visit in Falmouth, but unfortunately, not all of them allow dogs. However, not to worry, because we have found some great spots that welcome the pups to join the day out!

A guide to dog-friendly Cornwall