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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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 £4.60 Off-Peak Day Return.
Titanic Stories, NMM Falmouth

8 Mar 2018 to 7 Jan 2019
South Coast > Falmouth
A major new exhibition, TITANIC STORIES, examines the stories of the Titanic’s momentous sinking in 1912, re-appraising many of the myths, controversies and assumptions that still linger around one of the most well-known historic events of the 20th century.
National Maritime Museum, Cornwall
TR11 3QY
Falmouth
Cornwall
National Maritime Museum, Cornwall
Miracle Theatre, Aladdin, What's On Christmas, Cornwall

7 Dec 2018 to 5 Jan 2019
Falmouth
People & friends of Cornwall… brace yourselves for all the fun of traditional panto and a whole lot more!  Miracle is delighted to be back at Princess Pavilion, Falmouth with a new & not to be missed Christmas show suitable for all, Aladdin.
Princess Pavilion
TR11 4AR
Falmouth
Cornwall
Princess Pavilion
Whistler, Shop in St Ives

12 Jan 2019 to 30 Mar 2019
South Coast > Falmouth
 Cornish landscapes, townscapes and seascapes with a twist…. these works have all been completed by artists between sunset and sunrise. 
Falmouth Art Gallery
TR11 2RT
Falmouth
Falmouth Art Gallery
Falmouth Spring Festival, Cornwall

14 Mar 2019 to 24 Mar 2019
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
Fal River Festival, What's On, Visit Cornwall, 2018

24 May 2019 to 2 Jun 2019
South Coast
This fantastic 10 day celebration offers something for everyone, with over 100 events showcasing creative talent from the worlds of art, music, food, theatre, film, adventure & more.
Fal River Festival
and surrounding areas
Cornwall
Fal River Festival
Falmouth, Sea Shanty, Cornwall, Fishermen's Friends

14 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2019
South Coast > Falmouth
A fantastic free festival of maritime music and a great way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past with performances by dozens of groups from all the UK and beyond.  
Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival
TR11 3QY
Falmouth
Cornwall
Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival
Falmouth Classics Regatta, Falmouth, Cornwall

14 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2019
South Coast > Falmouth
The best Classic Boat Regatta comes to Falmouth, Cornwall in June. The highlight of the regatta is the Parade of Sail & Power, as competitors parade out into Carrick Roads under full sail.
Falmouth Classics Regatta
TR11 2SP
Falmouth
Cornwall
Falmouth Classics Regatta

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