Falmouth ticks every box. The playful buzz of the town blends seamlessly with a natural beauty found across an envious backdrop of river and coastal vistas. Art galleries and shops showcase the finest works from near and far, while an impressive roster of restaurants, bars and cafes frequent cobbled streets.
The area’s maritime heritage seeps from its picturesque working harbour and along the water’s edge to Pendennis Castle, a grand fortress that documents wartime Cornwall of times gone by. With Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a wealth of family attractions lying right on its doorstep, Falmouth is a must-visit destination all year round.
National Maritime Museum
Falmouth is steeped in maritime heritage. The multi-award-winning National Maritime Museum shines a light on this fascinating history with a vast collection of exhibits that enrich a deep understanding of Cornwall and its relationship with the sea.
This family day out is sure to capture the imaginations of those young and old. You’ll find an evolving exhibition programme throughout the year that brings rare objects from around the world to paint the picture of local and international stories. Relive the tales of intrepid explorers before descending to the observation window, where you can catch a glimpse of the harbour’s magical underwater world.
Pendennis Castle is one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII. While this imposing landmark once stood to defend the country against invasion, it today sets the scene for a perfect family outing.
The headland views are nothing short of breath-taking. Scan the horizon yourself from the top of the tower and take a trip back in time with the sights and sounds of wartime Cornwall.
Falmouth’s coast and beaches
Take in peaceful countryside, turquoise waters, wooded creeks and more along the South West Coast Path. Falmouth and its surrounds serve as a gateway to a landscape bustling with wildlife and hidden gems.
The town itself is home to Gyllyngvase Beach, a popular lido that boasts sheltered golden sands and waters frequented by bathers and watersports.
Take a ferry to St Mawes
Hop aboard a ferry to the beautiful and historic fishing village of St Mawes. The journey boasts a ride on one of Cornwall’s most iconic water taxis and takes in unrivalled views of the harbour and surrounding areas.
The ferry operates regularly throughout the day, so you have plenty of time to make the most of your trip. As you cruise from one harbour to the next, keep an eye out for St Mawes Castle. There’s no better place to view the 16th-century walls than from out on the water.
The village itself is home to art galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants. Its location on the Carrick Roads lends perfectly to all manner of water activities, from sailing and kayaking to SUP and powerboating.
Situated just south of Falmouth, Trebah Garden is a stunning 26-acre, sub-tropical paradise. Nestled along the Helford River’s tranquil waters, the garden features many exotic plants including champion magnolias in the spring.
Once you’ve traversed the length of the valley, beneath dramatic canopies that lead to a secluded beach, Trebah’s popular cafe is on hand to refuel for your next adventure. The garden also has a plant centre and a variety of shopping opportunities.