Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Falmouth Travel Guide
Did you know that Falmouth is one of the deepest natural harbors in the world? Actually, the Cornish port makes possible for the town to exist, becoming its greatest part of history. Furthermore, it is a place with a third deepest natural harbour.
The history of Falmouth is not so long. The town, along with the port, was created in 1613 by Sir John Killigrew who became the owner of this land. The Arwenack Manor House that you can still partly see off the high street was the first property in the area at that time. Falmouth was turned into a Royal Mail Packet station about 75 years after its creation so it enjoyed 150 years of monopoly on mail, both incoming and outgoing.
At the time of the Second World War, Falmouth has less than 100 ships in its bay but still played one of the most important roles in the Battle of the Atlantic. Today's Falmouth takes a lot from its close to sea position as well. It's a lovely town that has not lost its Cornish charm. It attracts thousands of visitors, as well as new residents, making the town a wonderful place both for vacations and daily life.
Reasons to come
Falmouth is one of the best places in Britain to enjoy the natural beauty. The area between the Fall River which runs through this land, and the Helford is one of the best walking areas to enjoy with your family or friends. Furthermore, the town offers a lot of entertainments such as a number of contemporary art galleries to visit, showcasing of independent films and live music bands to see.
It is worth to mention that Falmouth attracts a lot of boats and sea lovers. You can also enjoy some fantastic sand beaches and even rent a boat to take part in fascinating trips in your life. The place attracts a lot of surfers and fishermen. You can also take part in some sailing events such as Falmouth Regatta, and the Pendennis Cup.
Here are some more reasons to come: four world-class beaches; various festivals, exhibitions, galleries, art shops to visit; eight beautiful gardens are worth to see as well; the variety of delicious meals, including freshly caught seafood.
What to do?
1. Pendennis Castle
The castle built by Henry VIII as a mean of defense is situated on a long high headland creating a pair with St. Mawes Castle. Both have accessible to public quarters and allows seeing some historical changes due to several reconstructions. As an important part of the Second World War, castles hold some exhibitions to reflect the historical events.
2. National Maritime Museum
The new building of the National Maritime Museum is placed right on the dock side. It offers twelve galleries and a huge library with a lot of interesting things to see. There are a boat, history, weather, wildlife and nature connected exhibitions that you can see while walking floors of the museum.
3. Jacob's Ladder
If you are in perfect feet and ready to explore 111 granite steps with the fascinating view opened for you, Jacob's Ladder is worth to see. Just do not mix it up with a biblical story. He was just a local businessman who wanted to shorten his way from his house to work.
4. Great Gardens
If you want to visit a bunch of world-famous gardens, Falmouth is the good opportunity to do it. The mild climate of the Cornish South coast makes it possible for Fox Rosehill Garden, Glendurgan Garden and Trebah Garden to flourish.
5. Boat Trip
Falmouth allows all the boat lovers to take part in a fascinating boat trip, with a variety of destinations to choose. You can see a River Fal, St. Mawes and the Roseland, Truro town, Helford River. All these are possible to see if you jump on a boat!
The Helford river, one of the fascinating areas of Cornwall, is situated just a few miles drive from the town. It allows seeing some beautiful towns and a number of small villages, rich wildlife and some naturally heavily wooden parts of the land.
7. Boat watching
If you are in Falmouth, you will be able to see a lot of 18th-century buildings and to feel the life of the town visiting its harbour. The sea front offers its visitors to see fishing boats, cruisers, all size ships and super yachts. The World's biggest ships are situated in the Carrick Roads, at the mouth of the Fal. Still, do not forget about Falmouth Bay where you can enjoy the view of huge ships and ocean liners.
A number of different festivals are held in Falmouth annually. The biggest and best-known are the Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week in August, the Falmouth Oyster Festival in October and the Beer Festival a couple of weeks later, the Fish Festival in May, and the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival in June.
There are at least two good shops in the town selling quirky home wares and offering independent music. Both of them are considered to be the coolest spots in the town.
10. St. Mawes
The village of St. Mawes is situated just across the waters of Falmouth harbour. Thanks to the ferry service running every 30 minutes, it will take just around 20 minutes to get there. The attractive village is full of narrow streets, beautiful cottage lines and streets leading to the sea front. You can also enjoy the view of the St. Mawes Castle that was built at the same period with Falmouth's Pendennis Castle.
In Falmouth, you have a chance to enjoy the four beautiful sandy beaches known all around the globe: Maenporth Beach, Swanpool Beach, Gyllyngvase Beach, and Castle Beach. The first one is a gently sloping beach loved by many families with children. The second one, located just around a mile from the town centere, is a good place for nature lovers. It is a good place to be visited by families with children as the Swanpool beach is quite safe for swimming. The Gyllyngvase Beach is also considered to be a good family beach, offering lifeguard cover during the summer period. It is the largest and the most popular beach in Falmouth. The last one, Castle Beach, is one of the less sheltered and child-friendly beaches. Still, it is a good place to all the explorers. Just note that sometimes, the whole beach can be under water.
Where to stay?
Falmouth allows choosing a variety of accommodation in the south of the centre, near the beach area of, if you would love to, near the beautiful train station. You can also choose between friendly hotels, including Bed and Breakfast and boutique hotels, and self-catering cottages.