Castle Falmouth England
The Port of Falmouth’s greatest asset has always been its prime location, sheltered by Pendennis Point and lying within the third largest natural deep water harbor in the world. It is Falmouth’s dramatic unspoilt scenery that has made it the Royal Duchy of Cornwall’s leading south coast resort.
Known locally as Carrick Roads, this unique natural harbor came about at the end of the ice age. As the global ice melted and sea levels rose, the river valley flooded creating a huge inlet to what we know today. Carrick Roads remains deeply rooted within Falmouth’s culture and heritage.
During the reign of Henry VIII, 450 years ago, two twin castles were built at either side of the entrance as a defense against an invasion of the French. Today, cruise passengers will sail into Carrick Roads to the heart of the town, where the twin forts of St Mawes Castle and Pendennis Castle can be seen on either side.
Falmouth continues to benefit from the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, creating a subtropical mild climate and supporting an array of exotic plants, flora and wildlife. Discover the town’s charming subtropical gardens Kimberley Park, Queen Mary, Fox Rosehill, and Gyllyngdune gardens dating back to the 18th and 19th century when merchants and sailors brought plants and trees to Falmouth from the tropics.
Falmouth for Cruise Passengers
The Port of Falmouth Cruise berths are only a 15-minute walk from the town. Passengers also can choose to take the complimentary shuttle to and from town.
Falmouth Port Ambassador’s, known as the Pale Blues, will be on hand to welcome cruise passengers and provide information.
Travel by ferry or boat taxi are also good ways to get around Falmouth, up the Fal estuary and the Carrick Roads toward Truro. St Mawes Castle on the southern end of the Roseland Peninsula is within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is accessible by ferry.
During the summer months small passenger boats also link St Mawes to Place on the remote St Anthony Headland where there is secluded small church, Place Manor, St Anthony Lighthouse and St Anthony Battery.
A number of shore excursions are available ranging from those located within the outskirts of the town of Falmouth and those further afield throughout the Royal Duchy of Cornwall. The type of Shore excursions offered varies from world renowned attractions to unique places of interest within the South West of England. The variety on offer means that there is something for everyone, from subtropical gardens, to grand historical estates, ancient and magical castles, to the natural wanders of Cornwall’s coastal 200 foot high granite cliffs.