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. 

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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.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall, What's On, Cornwall, Tattoo Exhibition

17 Mar 2017 to 7 Jan 2018
South Coast > Falmouth
This highly anticipated exhibition offers a genuinely ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors. 
National Maritime Museum, Cornwall
TR11 3QY
Falmouth
National Maritime Museum, Cornwall
Captain Bligh: Myth, Man, Mutiny - National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall

17 Mar 2017 to 31 Dec 2017
South Coast > Falmouth
National Maritime Musuem, Falmouth, exhibition 'Captain Bligh: Myth, Man, Mutiny' opens in March 2017 remembers a notable West Countryman and significant national figure, in the 200th anniversary year of his death.
National Maritime Museum
TR11 3QY
Falmouth
Cornwall
National Maritime Museum
Fal River Autumn Festival, What's On, Cornwall, walking

19 Oct 2017 to 29 Oct 2017
South Coast
 Autumn is a spectacular time of year in, on and around the Fal River. Dense woodlands are brought to life by golden hues, and the summer madness comes to a restful end.  
Fal River Autumnal Festival
Falmouth, Truro, Roseland
Cornwall
Fal River Autumnal Festival
Christmas in Falmouth, What's on in December, South Cornwall

27 Nov 2017 to 24 Dec 2017
South Coast > Falmouth
2017 dates to be confirmed Fun for all ages with a host of fabulous Christmas events in Falmouth.
Miracle Theatre, Panto 2017, Visit Cornwall

14 Dec 2017 to 31 Dec 2017
South Coast > Falmouth
Following a sell-out run of Cinderella last year, Miracle Theatre is back at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion, with a re-telling of this timeless classic about the cold-hearted miser Scrooge and his joyous redemption.
Princess Pavillion
TR11 4AR
Falmouth
Cornwall
Princess Pavillion
Nadelik - A Cornish Christmas at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall

16 Dec 2017 to 17 Dec 2017
South Coast > Falmouth
Celebrate Christmas the Cornish way with fireside tales, music and dancing plus find your perfect present from the range of craft and gift stalls. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies and meet Father Christmas in the castle keep.
Nadelik - A Cornish Christmas
TR11 4LP
Falmouth
Cornwall
Nadelik - A Cornish Christmas
Falmouth Spring Festival, Cornwall

22 Mar 2018 to 2 Apr 2018
South Coast > Falmouth
A festival to celebrate Falmouth's beautiful open and green spaces. With guided walks and talks, garden spring clean events, Gardeners' Question Time and a Spring Fair.
Various locations
TR11 3EF
Falmouth
Cornwall
Various locations
Golden Globe race, Falmouth, Summer 2018, What's On

14 Jun 2018 to 15 Jun 2018
South Coast
To celebrate Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race, a new Golden Globe Race will be staged to mark the 50th Anniversary, starting from Falmouth on June 14th, 2018.
TR11 3QY
Falmouth
Cornwall

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