We love to hear from our readers so when we were asked for a Dog Friendly guide to Falmouth we were delighted to oblige. We were also delighted that so many Dog Friendly Cornwall blog followers contributed with their own suggestions of great dog friendly accommodation, places to eat, places to stay and things to do around the town.
Falmouth is a bustling harbour town with a rich maritime heritage and lots of really quirky and fabulous independent shops in the high street which runs along the waterside. Enjoy fantastic cafes, delis and restaurants. It is something of a creative hub thanks to Falmouth University and there are wonderful crafts, designers and art galleries. Nearby, you can explore the whole of the Fal river, Helford river and the adjacent Roseland peninsula.
Where to stay?
The Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth
One of the loveliest hotels in Falmouth with it’s own beach and lovely gardens now has dog friendly rooms, and with dogs allowed to play on the beach, it’s a wonderful choice for those who can afford a little luxury.
The Falmouth Hotel
The historic Falmouth hotel, with its lovely lawns and situation on the waterfront, with views of Pendennis castle, has dog friendly rooms.
St Michael’s Hotel & Spa
The hotel allows dogs and is situated by the popular Gyllyngvase beach, which has a seasonal dog ban, but a lovely, award winning dog friendly cafe.
A lovely Edwardian guesthouse with views over the Carrick Roads or Falmouth Bay depending on which room you are in. The house is actually named after an Old English Sheepdog who once lived in the house .
San Remo Guest House
A bustling and popular guesthouse on the Falmouth sea front which allows pets.
Where to eat?
Fantastic reputation for pizzas, pies, salads and ciders and our readers tell us they and their dogs have always been made welcome, as dogs are allowed in the downstairs area of this lovely restored building on Arwenack Street.
A lovely eaterie on the main street in Falmouth, near to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, with views out over the harbour. Enjoy everything from chicken liver parfait to traditional fish and chips.
5 Degrees West
A modern bar and grill located on Grove Street in the heart of Falmouth. The bar area is warm and spacious with a really wide ranging bar menu offering an option for even the fussiest eater. It has a good reputation for food and service.
Fish stew, wild Cornish venison, delicious burgers… just a few things on offer from the pub / restaurant The Boathouse, a family and dog friendly pub that boasts magnificent views over the harbour.
De Wynns, Church Street
You can spot this dog friendly cafe on the main street thanks to its original bowed window, which gives a sense of its history as a 19th century tea and coffee house. Food offerings include great coffee, cream teas, served with Tregothnan tea (grown on the banks of the River Fal and an extensive sandwich and salad menu, including locally supplied crab.
Days out and beaches
Boat trips up the Fal
A really lovely way to explore the area is by taking one of the many boat trips available up the Fal and the nearby Helford River (pictured), and on most services, dogs are welcome. There are trips up the Fal to Truro, Trelissick Gardens and across the Carrick Roads to St Mawes and the Roseland peninsula beyond.
Visit these National Trust gardens by boat or by car. Dogs are not allowed in the formal gardens, but there is beautiful parkland around with fields stretching down to the edge of the water, and beautiful woodland walks around the estate by the creeks of the Fal river, passing the King Harry Ferry across to the Roseland. The cafe at Trelissick has dog treats and dog friendly seating outside, and there are treats available in the kiosk in the car park. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick
Dogs are allowed around most of this wonderful tudor English Heritage castle which looks out to its twin St Mawes across the Carrick Roads. Today dogs are allowed on leads, and visitors can enjoy the magnificent keep, grounds, tea room and shop as well as historic exhibitions.
One of the gems in Cornwall’s horticultural heritage, Trebah Gardens slope down to the north banks of the Helford river about 15 minutes drive outside Falmouth. There are huge gunnera tunnels to be enjoyed in early summer, tumbling streams and tranquil ponds. You can also access the private beach on the riverbank. There are rhododendrons, magnolias and clouds of hydrangeas. There is also a cafe and shops filled with some really wonderful locally produced crafts, foods, and things for the garden. Dogs are welcome throughout the garden on leads.
Falmouth draws a hard line on dogs on its lovely main beaches of Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth. There is a small dog friendly beach called Sunny Cove, below the footpath between Maenporth and Swanpool, however be warned, it is also an unofficial nudist beach. Otherwise nearby you can find Helford passage, a river beach on the North Helforrd near the excellent dog friendly Ferryboat Inn pub. There is also Carne beach, Porthluney, Porthcurnick (home to the famed beach cafe the Hidden Hut) and Gorran Haven if you are willing to explore the Rosalind Peninsula via the King Harry Ferry. Mylor beach, nearby is a river beach where dogs can roam free, and the lovely Cafe Mylor is dog friendly. Here and at Loe beach, also dog friendly and near the Pandora Inn pub, you can enjoy waterspouts such as Stand Up paddle boarding and kayaking.