The Maenporth Estate is just two miles from Falmouth and overlooks the beautiful Maenporth Beach. It’s a private complex with a coded entrance gate, making it safe and secure for all guests. Set in 29 acres of natural woodland, with stunning views of the cove, it’s a perfect base for family holidays. You'll find two all-weather tennis courts, a children's play area, and a Leisure Centre with an indoor heated pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. There are pool and table tennis tables - all free of charge.
The famous, award-winning Cove Restaurant is located just behind the beach, or if you'd prefer something simple, try Life's a Beach Cafe for fresh crab sandwiches or a Cornish clotted cream ice-cream. Two miles along the coast and you'll come across Helford Passage and the wonderful Ferryboat Inn which specialises in local seafood dishes. From here you can catch the foot ferry across to Helford Village, or hire a rowing boat or paddle board for the afternoon.
Maenporth is a sheltered cove with shallow waters, making it perfect for all kinds of family beach activities: the little ones will love paddling and clambering through rock pools. There’s plenty of sand and piles of pebbles for sand castle building, and beautiful clear water for swimming. Arvor Sea Kayaking offer guided kayaking trips throughout the year, and Cornwall Divers will take you on a scuba diving course from the beach! And, at low tide, you may spot the famous Scottish trawler, Ben Asdale, that was wrecked off the Maenporth coast on 30th December 1978.
The nearest town is Falmouth - the third largest natural harbour in the world. From here, take a boat trip along the Carrick Waters or hop on the ferry to St Mawes. Visit the National Maritime Museum, great for children with its hands-on approach, or catch some Grand Medieval Jousting at Pendennis Castle. Or simply sit with a cold glass of white wine in one of the waterside bars and watch the boats glide by.
Whatever you choose to do, a holiday in Maenporth offers the perfect opportunity to unwind from the stresses of everyday life and relax on the south Cornish coast.
An authentic, centuries old smithy which has been restored as a working forge, offering you the chance to watch a skilled blacksmith, sign-writer, silversmith and furniture maker as they work and browse their unique, hand-crafted products. There’s also an exhibition where you can learn all about the history of Mawnan Smith and the restoration of its smithy.
Mawnan Craft Centre, Carwinion Road, Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth TR11 5JF
Run by the National Trust, Glendurgan Gardens span over three valleys, filled with sub-tropical plants, exotic flowers and bright blooms. The peaceful gardens lead down to the unspoilt beachside hamlet of Durgan. Here you can take a rest and enjoy the stunning views of the Helford River, treat yourself to an ice cream, build sandcastles and watch the wildlife on the water. Glendurgan Garden offer a great day out for the entire family thanks to its impressive maze and Giant’s Stride rope swing, shop and teahouse, which serves traditional Cornish cream teas, light lunches and Children’s meals.
Glendurgan Garden, Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth TR115JZ (T: 01326 252020)
The subtropical valleys of Trebah Gardens offer a fantastic day out for the whole family. Four miles of footpath lead through canopies of exotic trees, plants and flowers which cascade down to a private, secluded beach on the Helford River. Here, you can take in the views, relax on the beach and enjoy a famous Roskilly’s Cornish ice cream from the Boathouse Cafe. There are adventure playgrounds and children’s trails to keep the youngest members of the family entertained, and dogs (on leads) are welcome in the gardens and on the beach all year round. As well as a visitor centre and shop, there’s a fantastic café, Trebah Kitchen, which serves locally sourced, seasonal food. Trebah is also home to an amphitheatre where you can catch music, dance, theatre and comedy performances.
Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth TR11 5JZ (T: 01326 252200)
Through their varied exhibitions programme the National Maritime Museum brings new and diverse perspectives to maritime issues, and highlight their relevance to the present day. They also bring rare objects from around the world to Cornwall to tell local, national and international stories.
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Enjoy £1 off admission with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card
Spend an afternoon exploring the stunning natural beauty of the Helford River with a boat tour helmed by an experience skipper. This memorable trip aboard The Hannah Molly – a traditional Cornish boat with room for 12 people – begins from Budock Vean. From here, you’ll travel along Port Navas Creek, past Helford Passage and Trebah Gardens, before crossing to Helford village and its surrounding creeks and inlets, including Daphne du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek.
Helford River Cruises, Budock Vean Hotel, Mawan Smirh TR11 5LG (T: 07941 027732)
Cafe and beach shop right on the sand at Maenporth beach. The cafe serves a great selection of freshly prepared food including crab sandwiches and delicious cornish cream teas, along with ice creams, coffees and lots more. And if you’ve forgotten your bucket and spade you’ll find one in the beach shop along with other beach toys, wetsuits and souvenirs. Cash only.
Lifes a Beach Maenporth Beach, Falmouth (T: 01326 251209)
An upmarket bar and restaurant with striking views over Maenporth Beach and out to sea and great food to match. The restaurant is welcoming and relaxed whether you’re looking to celebrate something special, are hungry after a day at the beach or are walking the South West Coastal Path and pop in with a dog in tow.
The Cove Bar & Restaurant, Maenporth Beach, TR11 5HN (T: 01326 25 11 36)
A small and friendly, family run restaurant serving delicious mediterranean food that changes with the seasons. The chef sources high quality local ingredients along with specialist products from overseas to create beautifully presented, tasty meals. See website for opening hours, well behaved dogs welcome.
Casa Juan, The Square, Mawnan Smith TR115EP (T: 01326 250174)
A friendly café in the heart of Mawnan Smith where you can buy freshly baked bread and pastries, and tuck into homemade cakes, breakfasts and light lunches, as well as obligatory traditional Cornish cream teas!
Cornish Maid, The Square, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5EP (T: 01326 251202)
A thatched traditional inn in the heart of Mawnan Smith just minutes from the South West Coast Path and a pretty stroll through the woods to Maenporth Beach. Here you can sample local ales and ciders in the raftered bar along with enjoyable food from light lunches to a evening menu packed full of fresh local Cornish produce. A great spot to stop off when walking or visiting nearby Glendurgan or Trebah Garden. Children and dogs welcome.
The Red Lion, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5EP (T: 01326 250026)
A scenic sweep of golden sand flanked by cliffs, this family friendly beach looks out across Falmouth Bay towards Pendennis Castle and the lighthouse at St Anthony Head. There’s plenty of sand and shallow water which is great for children and excellent facilities, including a cafe selling great food and beach equipment, plus toilets and car park. Maenporth is also a lovely spot to launch a kayak or paddleboard, both of which can be hired on the beach during summer months. Dogs allowed from October to Easter Sunday.
Found between Maenporth and Mawnan Smith, this is a small, pretty sandy beach with some shingle and rocks accessed by footpath from the road. It’s a five to ten minute walk, meaning the beach itself is often quiet and uncrowded with lovely swimming. No amenities though and the walk isn’t suitable for buggies or those with limited mobility. Also known as Woodlands Beach. Dogs allowed all year round.
A pretty sheltered cove in a secluded setting surrounded by low cliffs and woodland, Bream Cove consists of a sand and shingle beach dipping down to clear water with excellent swimming and snorkelling. At low water rock pools are exposed which children will love to explore and it’s possible to scramble over the rocks to the sandy beach next door at Gatamala Cove. There are no facilities here and no car park, but there are parking spaces on the nearby road between Maenporth and Rosemullion Head close to the Meuden Hotel, with access to the beach via footpath. Dogs welcome all year.
Prisk Cove beach can only be reached on foot, either from the village of Mawnan through a pretty wooded valley or via the South West Coast Path. Located just south of Rosemullion Head the beach consists mainly of shingle with a huge expanse of rockpools exposed at low tide. Parking at Mawnan Church or on the road, dogs welcome all year.
A lovely sandy cove on the outskirts of Falmouth with lots of sand and clear water for swimming. If relaxing on the sand’s not your thing though, the beach backs onto Swanpool Nature Reserve where you can walk dogs on leads or feed the ducks and swans, and there’s also a beach cafe, kayak hire and 18 hole crazy golf course. Dogs allowed from October to Easter Sunday