A Dog-Friendly Guide to Falmouth

September 06th, 2019

It is lovely being able to bring your pup on holiday with you and what better location than right by the seaside! Falmouth is a beautiful coastal town with plenty to see and do. Even though here at They Valley we love the dogs and welcome them into our accommodation, some places don’t have the same opinion. We understand that it can sometimes be tricky to find places to go that accept dogs, whether it is somewhere to stop for some lunch or a beach for a family walk. But not to worry, we are here to help! In this blog we are going to take a look at some excellent places in Falmouth that are dog-friendly, so you and your four-legged friend can have the best time while you are in Cornwall!

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


As Falmouth is a seaside town, there are numerous beaches dotted around the local area. Unfortunately, all Falmouth beaches have a seasonal dog ban; however, if you are happy to venture out a little further than the town, you can find some fantastic spots! A trip to the beach with the family is excellent, let alone when the dog can join in on the fun too! Most dogs love to run wild at the beach and have a splash around in the water, so here are some dog-friendly beaches in the area for you to visit all year round.

Carne Beach

Dog-friendly all year, Carne beach is a sandy beach, and it is perfect for a day out with the family. The beach is south facing and is also sheltered by Nare Head, making it a beautiful little spot to set up for the day. You can also find some fascinating rock pools here, which make a great activity for the kids (and the parents too!).

Polgwidden beach

Somewhat hidden and unknown, Polgwidden beach is a lovely sandy beach with a shingle cove and dogs are welcome here all year round! Based on the Helford River, the beach boasts some splendid views and is an excellent location for a stroll along the coast. An interesting fact about Polgwidden beach is that in WW2, it was used by the military to launch an attack on Omaha beach in Normandy!

Portholland Beach

Portholland is, in fact, two beaches, east and west, of which both offer vast stretches of sand. At low tide, the beaches join and create a brilliant opportunity for a long walk along the sea. Both beaches are dog-friendly all year round, and there is also a café called “Pebbles, Cafe and Crafts”, great for a bite to eat and refreshment after a day of fun at the beach!

A dog at a café resting its head on the table

Eating Out

It can certainly be a challenge to find places to go out for a meal that allows dogs to join. 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, this place is all about pizza! Stable Pizza offers fresh sourdough bases with homemade tomato sauce and an array of delicious toppings; absolute heaven! The restaurant also has a variety of fifty different ciders; you’ll undoubtedly be spoilt for choice! Based on two floors, dogs are welcome on the ground floor.

Harbour View

From the name, you may have guessed that this restaurant is located on the harbour and boasts some fantastic views. Here, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner as they have menus for every meal! There is seating both indoors and, on the deck, so if you are lucky to have some sunshine, enjoy some alfresco dining right by the water. Even if the day is slightly chillier or maybe you want to enjoy eating outdoors at night when the cooler temperatures settle in, Harbour View offers complimentary blankets; a sweet touch!

The Boathouse

Situated right by the water, The Boathouse offers some incredible views of Falmouth Harbour. The pub has been around for over 300 years, and it is a staple in the local area. There is plenty to choose from on the menu, from burgers to fresh fish dishes, but they are most famous for the hearty roast dinners on a Sunday! There is seating both indoors and outside, so it is entirely up to you where you would prefer to sit because the pup can sit anywhere!

A little dog running through a field


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 beautiful view of a bridge over a river at Trebah Gardens in Falmouth, Cornwall

Trebah Gardens

Roughly a 15-minute drive from Falmouth, Trebah Gardens is a sub-tropical paradise considered one of Cornwall’s gems and is a stunning place to visit. The gardens feature an array of stunning flowers, giant gunnera, numerous streams and some tranquil ponds. It is a splendid location for a walk and to embrace the outdoors, plus, dogs are welcome 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. You could also pick up a holiday souvenir here by visiting the shop; here you’ll find locally produced food, crafts and everything garden related!

Pendennis Castle

A day of history with stunning views, Pendennis Castle is a great day out for the whole family. The castle is one of Henry VIII’s most beautiful coastal fortresses, and its picturesque location is not to be missed! Once you have taken a stroll the incredible castle and learnt all about its fascinating history, take a trip to the room to enjoy a Cornish cream tea. Dogs are welcome at Pendennis Castle all year round, as long as they are kept on a lead.

If you are interested in visiting Falmouth and would like to bring along your furry friend, take a look at our dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall. Here at The Valley, we understand that no family holiday is complete without bringing along the dog, so that is why we offer accommodation that welcomes the pups! Of course, Falmouth isn’t the only place you could visit when coming down to the south, so why not take a look our guide to dog-friendly Cornwall to discover what places to put on your holiday itinerary!