Tavern Beach lies just below the the 16th century St. Mawes Castle, built about 1542 at the western end of the picturesque Roseland Peninsula, on the South coast of Cornwall.
A mixture of sand and shingle, this south facing beach, lies directly below the 30 room Hotel Tresanton owned by Olga Polizzi.
Due to its proximity to Falmouth and St. Mawes, Tavern beach is a popular family beach which also has great views across the bay. You can swim here, and windsurfers are not unknown in the right weather conditions.
Dogs are not permitted on the beach during high season. Just over the harbour wall lies the larger, southwest-facing Summers (also known as Freshwater) Beach.
Parking on the Quay is rather limited so aim to arrive early, or park closer to the Castle in the larger car parks
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OS Explorer Map 105: Falmouth and Mevagissey, Truro and St Mawes
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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