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

Falmouth - the Spirit of the Sea
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Falmouth camping
Falmouth caravan sites
Falmouth holiday parks
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Falmouth beaches

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
Race for life, charity event, Cornwall, Falmouth, Truro, Penzance, running, sport

13 May 2018 to 8 Jul 2018
Cornwall
There are three Cornwall 5k Race for Life events happening in Falmouth, Truro and Penzance. 
Falmouth, Sea Shanty, Cornwall, Fishermen's Friends

22 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018
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

22 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018
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
National Maritime Museum Cornwall, What's On 2018, Visit Cornwall, Pirates school

30 Jul 2018 to 2 Sep 2018
South Coast > Falmouth
Join us for Pirate School this Easter Holidays! Find out about the facts and fictions behind real Pirate Characters! Follow the Tresure Trail and make your own parrot!
National Maritime Museum, Cornwall
TR11 3QY
Falmouth
National Maritime Museum, Cornwall
Cornwall Motor Fest, What's On 2018

3 Aug 2018 to 4 Aug 2018
Cornwall
Cornwall Motorfest will be Cornwall's biggest motor show & festival set in 64 acres at Stithians showground over 2 days in August.
Stithians Show Ground
TR3 7DP
Cornwall
Stithians Show Ground
Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week , Cornwall

10 Aug 2018 to 19 Aug 2018
South Coast > Falmouth
Falmouth Week has grown into the largest sailing regatta in the south west with more than 450 yachts racing over eight days, and a lively programme of shoreside events.
Various Venues in Falmouth
TR11 3QY
Falmouth
Cornwall
Various Venues in Falmouth
SCRAWW Trebah, What's On, Cornwall 2018

14 Aug 2018 to 25 Aug 2018
South Coast > Falmouth
The birds of the world have gathered..... join the flock on an epic quest to find the legendary Simorgh bird. A feather fuelled, technically immersive family-friendly journey into Persian poetry… prepare to elect your new king!
Trebah Gardens
TR11 5JZ
Falmouth
Cornwall
Trebah Gardens

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