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Princess Pavilion and the Gyllyndune Gardens

January 6, 2014

If you are coming to Falmouth, Cornwall for an Exeter University Graduation or for a wonderful wedding reception then you will probably find yourself at The Princess Pavilion in Falmouth. The Pavillion is another little gem in the town of Falmouth and is set back from the beaches along Cliff Road.  The best thing is that it is just a 5 minute easy walk from The Rathgowry bed and breakfast.  The following blog tells you a bit about the history of the Princess Pavilion.  It is well worth a visit and is open to the public.  

It used to be a private house called Gyllyngdune House and was owned  by a Reverend Willliam John Coope who was rector of King Charles Church.  He had five daughters and a son.  In 1838 it was this family that started to develop the beautiful Gyllyndune Gardens.  As you spend a pleasant half an hour walking around the winding paths to admire the plants and views you will stumble upon an old monolithic stone arch and some amazing shell grottos – which are said to have been decorated by his daughters with shells that arrived on the famous Packet Ships.  You can still see the site of the Parson Coope’s Chapel which is located on the side of Cliff Road (and looks a bit like a bus shelter now) – which was actually used as a summerhouse and changing room for the family (as it was never consecrated).  The family then used to take the steps down to Tunnel Beach.  The tunnel and steps are still there today and you can take them from just outside the Chapel which then passes under the road – and resurfaces in the gardens on the other side of the road from the beach.

After walking around why not wander up to the Pavilion itself and get something to eat and drink at the Pavilion cafe.  On nice sunny days you can sit outside and admire the old grade II listed bandstand.  The flowers make for a beautiful setting and if you are lucky there will be a lively brass band playing in the bandstand too (usually most Sundays in the summer from 2pm)!

The Princess Pavillion in Falmouth is also the venue for many visiting bands, plays and numerous other acts and events – such as the Falmouth Beer Festival and the Falmouth Flower fair.  The Rathgowry bed and breakfast is literally a 3 minute walk away from the Pavillion, so why not book in now to ensure you get the best accommodation, breakfast and location!

Contact us at The Rathgowry Guesthouse, Falmouth, Cornwall to book one of our wonderful rooms so that you can ensure a relaxing break and an opportunity to explore all that Falmouth has to offer.  

Call us directly on +44 (0)1326 313482 for the best prices! 

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