Insider guide: Falmouth

An insider guide to Falmouth, Cornwall

Insider guides

This month: Falmouth by Tamsin Loveless, Head of Communications at National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Name: Tamsin Loveless
Twitter name:  @TheNMMC

What do you love most about Cornwall?
We treasure our seas, our coastline, our views and the way of life it offers us. Culture and heritage is also a huge part of our life here. From art galleries to museum’s we proudly celebrate all that is Cornish.

Must see sight? 
The Minack Theatre at Porthcurno. Stunning outside theatre, stunning location and a beach to rival that of any around the world.

Most people don’t know but…
Falmouth was the first to learn of the demise of Nelson in 1805 as the news of his death came into Falmouth first before being raced up to London. Falmouth’s Packet Ships in the 17th century were just like our international couriers of today – they sailed letters all over the world.

Good value tourist ticket you can buy?
The Fal Mussel Card – giving you unlimited discounted hop-on, hop-off travel around the beautiful Fal River and into attractions. Think London tube map and place it on water and you’ll realise the volume of boat trips available to you around the River Fal through this card.  

Souvenir you must take home? Has to be a Phipps pasty - shops at Hayle, Marazion and Praze-an-Beeble. 

Local delicacies to try? Oysters (the only oysters harvested under sail), lobster, mussels, Camel Valley wine, St Austell & Skinners ales and a must is the Cornish Sea Salt

Local tipple? Any of the Rebel Brewing Company ales. A small micro-brewery in Penryn.

Best viewing spot? The top of National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s Look-out Tower. It gives you the most incredible 100ft high, 360 degree view of Falmouth, it’s beaches, countryside and the third largest natural deep water harbour in the world.

Best place to explore on your own?  Falmouth has lots of beaches which are great for exploring.

Best place to see with a guide? The Fal River, using their free guide book. So much to see, experience and explore.

The best place for shopping? Falmouth is hidden gem of independent stores offering bespoke gifts, from clothing to jewellery, to bags to house goodies from local artists

Where is a must-visit which will keep the kids entertained?  The Multi-award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall which has just been long-listed for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Award.

Anything else?  Grab a net, some bacon and go crabbing. Everyone you meet will help you. Falmouth has the third largest natural deep water port in the world offering lots of great crabbing opportunities as well as opportunities to see whales, dolphins, sunfish and all manner of marine life. Grab a sealife viewing trip on Orca Seafaris.

Useful links:

Falmouth destination guide
Falmouth map

What’s on:

Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta 2014
Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week
Falmouth Oyster Festival