Cornwall’s beautiful maritime centre is replete with places to visit, from castles and museums to beaches, gardens, restaurants and family-friendly attractions, making it a spoilsome destination for anyone seeking a particularly entertaining and activity-packed stay.
And it doesn’t matter what time of year you choose to explore Falmouth, since its host of offerings can be enjoyed whatever the weather.
Hit the beach for a spot of sun bathing or storm-watching, enjoy a festival with both alfresco and indoor venues, or visit an attraction for a fascinating change of scene or to escape the rain.
Outdoor attractions aplenty
Falmouth’s fabulous bevy of world-class beaches present everything from water sports such as surfing, snorkelling, supping and sailing to simply loafing on sun-kissed shores.
Locals’ favourite, Gyllyngvase Beach, is centrally located just minutes from the town centre and offers an array of conveniences and features, including flat and easy access, Gylly Beach Café and bakery, toilets, and seasonal lifeguard cover and water sports hire outlets.
The diminutive sands of Swanpool Beach is ideal for families, where you’ll find the Beach Café (open all year), children’s play area and crazy golf, and water sports centre providing hire and tuition.
Castle Beach is a perfect location for rock pooling on a low tide, while Maenporth’s sheltered spot boasts a café, The Cove restaurant and seasonal lifeguard cover.
And let’s not forget Falmouth’s glorious gardens, which include the exotic Trebah, woodland walks and pretty parkland at Trelissick, Cornwall’s Bamboo Garden at Carwinnion Gardens, and the gorgeous Gyllyngdune Gardens.
A world of family fun
Explore Falmouth’s history and culture with an array of attractions, including two of the most popular: Pendennis Castle and St Mawes Castle. Situated on headlands either side of the Fal estuary, they’re as spectacular on the inside as the scenery beyond.
Schedule a stop-off at the brilliant National Maritime Museum, along with other must-sees such as Ships and Castles Leisure Centre (with flume, wave machine and slow running river), Ocean Bowl and Falmouth Art Gallery. Plus, the town’s brilliant events venue, Princess Pavilion, presents a year-round schedule of live music, theatre, shows and productions.
Dine in style
Falmouth is not only home to the country’s largest selection of independent merchants for the keen shopper, but it’s also a renowned foodie destination - offering the visitor everything from fine dining and food festivals to pop-up restaurants, quaint tea rooms, cool cafés and, of course, the freshly landed catch of the day from the surrounding sea waters.
Sample delights from the world-renowned likes of Rick Stein and Fiona Were (The Greenbank), while notable local hang outs to sniff out include Dolly’s Tea Room & Wine Bar, Oliver’s, The Flying Fish (St Michael’s Hotel & Spa), Cribbs, Star & Garter, and The Wheel House.
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