Falmouth

Discover Falmouth 

Based around a thriving harbour Falmouth is gateway to the beautiful Fal River which runs through an Area Of Natural Beauty. The town is famous for its creative buzz with many art galleries displaying contemporary works and venues showcasing independent films and live bands. The many reasons to visit include, the fascinating maritime heritage; the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the Helford and Fal Rivers – perfect for walking and family days out; watersports; boat trips running from the pier and quay; and plenty of family friendly attractions. Falmouth is surrounded by several fantastic family friendly beaches and is known for its year round events calendar.

Falmouth’s maritime legacy and coastal culture is a huge part of its charm boasting world class watersports on its sheltered waters including gig rowing, kayaking, diving and regularly hosting sailing events such as Falmouth Regatta, and the Pendennis Cup.

Reasons to visit Falmouth

  • Fascinating maritime heritage 
  • Four world-class beaches; Castle beach, Gyllyngvase beach, Swanpool beach and Maenporth beach, brilliant for families 
  • Watersports – surfing, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, diving 
  • Home to the world's third largest natural deep-water harbour 
  • Positioned next to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the Helford and Fal Rivers 
  • Great festivals and events calendar all year round
  • Creative buzz; think art galleries; exhibitions; independent shops 
  • Spectacular array of things to see and do – 8 gardens nearby, 4 main beaches and over 20 family attractions 
  • Foodie paradise; expect freshly caught seafood, delicious delis, food festivals, beachside restaurants, traditional pubs, a wide-range to suit all budgets 
  • Beautiful walks and trails nearby

Things to do in Falmouth

  • The multi award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall houses a huge collection of boats, retells stories of intrepid explorers and provides an observation window where you can see what’s happening underwater in the harbour
  • Pendennis Castle is one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII. Explore the restored Victorian and WWII defences complete with sounds and smells and head to the Discovery Centre where hands-on activities allows visitors of all ages to really get to grips with history
  • The award winning Falmouth Art Gallery (free entry) is one of the leading galleries in the South West and is family friendly too. It has changing displays of some of the best British art with a regular programme of special exhibitions complementing works by luminaries such as Henry Scott-Tuke and Sir Alfred Munnings
  • Exotic sub-tropical plants thrive in Falmouth’s mild maritime climate and at the well cared for Kimberly Park Municipal Garden you can sit amongst the immaculate oasis of ornamental trees and formal flower beds and enjoy a picnic
  • Other gardens include the internationally renowned Trebah Garden, family and dog friendly with a dramatic coastal setting on the Helford River and at Gyllyngdune Gardens, a restored heritage garden by the sea
  • Falmouth’s host of beaches offer surfing, snorkelling, sailing and plenty of lounging around in the sun, everyone can enjoy the area’s varied seaside activities. Spend a family day on the beach at Gyllyngvase, just fifteen minutes from the town centre, where it's great for rock pooling at low tide, and has plenty of facilities close by including a café/restaurant. Falmouth's beaches include Castle beach, Gyllyngvase beach, Swanpool beach and Maenporth beach
  • Explore the Fal estuary on the ferries that criss-cross the water connecting Falmouth with the charming harbour town of St Mawes and the city of Truro. The ferry runs all year round
  • Falmouth is a foodie paradise, tuck into freshly caught seafood from the delicious delis, food festivals, waterside restaurants, traditional pubs and the famous Rick Stein's Fish and Chips. 

Useful links for further information on Falmouth

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Great Western Railways Famous Five train ride to Cornwall

Visit Falmouth the hassle-free way. Trains depart Truro twice an hour, and take only 25 minutes. Prices from just £4.30 Off-Peak Day Return.

South Coast > Falmouth
Between Maenporth and Mawnan Smith there's a footpath that leads down through some beautiful wooded areas and ends at the little beach of Nansidwell, part of an area looked after by the National Trust. Dog-friendly all year.

South Coast > Falmouth
A beach on the shores of the Fal River in a gorgeous wooded location surrounded by abundant wildlife and tranquil waters.

South Coast > Falmouth
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015 - Swanpool is a sandy cove on the outskirts of Falmouth and proud of its friendly, fun and welcoming environment.  A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

South Coast > Falmouth
Family friendly, buggy friendly, great amenities, good access, good for watersports and a 10 minute walk from Falmouth town centre. A seasonal dog ban operates on ths beach.

South Coast > Falmouth
Castle Beach consists mostly of shingle at high tide but there are plenty of interesting rock pools to be found at low tide. This is a lovely location with stunning views out over Falmouth Bay. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

South Coast > Falmouth
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015 - Maenporth Beach is an attractive sheltered east-facing sandy beach set between small headlands. The gently sloping beach has shallow water which is great for children.   A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

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