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Falmouth has the world's 3rd deepest natural harbour.
The town has a proud maritime history flourishing in the 18th and 19th centuries carrying passengers to the West Indies, Europe and the Americas.
Its maritime importance is still retained today, hosting international and national sailing events.
Falmouth Bay and the Carrick Roads offer first class deep water sheltered moorings. Carrick Roads is where the main channel of the River Fal meets the sea. It is a broad sheltered deep-water area regularly used by ocean going vessels including liners.
Falmouth town is a very busy centre with a good mixture of shops with specialist outlets, high street names, art galleries, cafes and restaurants.
Whenever in Falmouth, attention is inevitably drawn to the harbour which is the heart of the community. Not only does it employ a great number of people in the docks but large numbers of small craft can be seen at anchor during the summer months.
Other boating activities include:
Boat trips to St Mawes, the Helford and Truro: These are highly recommended taking in splendid views of little creeks, deep wooded valleys and picturesque little villages. A favourite is a day trip to Truro, a quick look around the city and cathedral before the return journey down the river.
Further details: www.falriverlinks.co.uk
Falmouth is a favourite distination for those who delight in Diving in Cornwall waters.
Fishing trips either deep water or just around the bay for mackerel.
The south coast of Cornwall does not have the same reputation as the north coast for its beaches. However, the south coast does have its fair share and Falmouth is no exception. The main difference being that the south coast tends to be less wild with many calm little bays and rocky coves. Surfing is not the norm although places like Pentewan near Mevagissey and Porthleven do often have good surf when conditions permit.
The Falmouth beaches tend to be sheltered and calm. These consist of :
This is the main beach for Falmouth and is popular with both locals and visitors alike. The beach is approximately 200 yards long with soft sand and in a sheltered position. Ideal for bathing, families and water sports.
Facilities include: toilets/sandchair hire, beach café and parking.
This is quite close to the town centre and many of the major hotels in Falmouth are closeby.
Some of the Falmouth guesthouses are also quite close.
A short walk along the cliff path from Gyllyngvase. This is a small sand & pebble beach popular with water activities and children's play area, approximately 150 yards long.
Facilities include toilets/café/parking
Close to the beach is:
Swanpool Nature Reserve: Popular with twitchers, over 100 species of bird have been recorded here of special scientific interest.
A lovely wide sandy beach 2 miles south west of Falmouth. A favourite with many locals it has excellent sand quality is sheltered and facilities include toilets/roadside parking/water sports.
A small sandy beach next to an abandoned quarry. Views over Falmouth.
Facilities include: toilets/restaurant, roadside parking
Directions: Take the A39 towards Truro. Just out of Falmouth you will see Flushing signposted. Go through the village and there is an easy walk to the beach.
Falmouth is a major tourist resort for the south coast of Cornwall, its seems to have its own mild climate where many sub tropical plants thrive. Although the summer months are obviously the most popular, the town is becoming an all year round destination with the Autumn and Spring being particularly popular.
So what is there to attract visitors to this part of Cornwall in such large numbers, the climate, the beaches, the little coves, the water activities, the little pubs and restaurants, what else does Falmouth have to offer?
Its latest attractions and forming pride of place on Discovery Quay is the National Maritime Museum featuring the national small boat collection and much, much more.
The Falmouth National Maritime Museum is obviously a major attraction for the county and having a similar effect to the town to that of:
The Eden Project to St Austell
The Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum to St Ivesand
Rick Stein Restaurant to Padstow and recently perhaps
The fifteen Restaurant to Newquay and Watergate Bay.
What else is on offer in the Falmouth area?
Good fishing from the harbour or rocks
Excellent gardens nearby, these include:
Trelissick Gardens: Noted for it extensive woodland walks and views over the Fal Estuary, it also has an art gallery, shop, plant sales and restaurant.
Trebah Gardens: 26 acres of sub tropical gardens overlooking the Helford River.
Both of these gardens are highly recommended and an excellent day out.
Pendennis Castle: Built by Henry Vlll in the 16th century and standing on a 200 feet promontory overlooking Carrick Roads is one of Cornwall's great fortress's. Twinned with Pendennis Castle and standing across the river is St Mawes Castle, also built by Henry Vlll is perhaps the best preserved and elaborately decorated. The castles represent 450 years of history, from Tudor times to WWll.
A regular ferry service operates between Falmouth and St Mawes and both castles can easily be visited.
Shows in Falmouth
Falmouth Arts Centre - www.falmoutharts.org for latest shows
Princess Pavilion - ring 01326 211222 for latest shows
From Falmouth the whole of West Cornwall is easily reached.
To the east is the whole of the Roseland Peninsula reached via the famous King Harry Ferry, taking in all the little bays and coves, including St Just in Roseland, Veryan, Port Loe, St Anthony Head and of course St Mawes.
Go west and you are on the Lizard Peninsula, a vast expanse of cliffs/coves little villages. Any visitor to the area is spoilt for choice.
Other major attractions which are within an easy drive include:
The Eden Project at St Austell
Lost Gardens of Heligan nr St Austell
The Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum at St Ives.
The accommodation in Falmouth is quite spread out as the town itself is quite small.
In and around the town there are:
Falmouth guesthouses - these are often quite large houses converted into guesthouses.
Falmouth self catering - these are split into two categories:
Falmouth apartments &
Cottages in Falmouth, these are quite numerous, many are basically second homes being let out when not in use by the owners. Unfortunately, like most popular places in Cornwall this tends to increase the cost of property putting it out of reach of the local population.
The hotels in Falmouth are not numerous considering the town's popularity but they tend to be of excellent quality.
Many of the hotels in Falmouth are to be found either on the approach roads or towards the seafront.
The Falmouth camp sites and caravan parks are all on the outskirts in the surrounding countryside. The size and geography of Falmouth does not lend itself to this type of accommodation.
Falmouth is basically a place for families and visitors touring around. It does not have the lively night life of Newquay or the more tranquil night life of St Ives. It has friendly little pubs, some good restaurants and magnificent scenery.
Further information on Falmouth can be obtained from the Cornwall Tourist Information office Tel. 0345 484950.
Most visitors to the town arrive by private car. The road is mainly dual carriageway until the latter stages. As a guide, Exeter is approximately 2 1/2 hours and Bristol about 3 1/2 hours.
Falmouth branch line, this will take you just 300 yards from the town centre.
By Air - to Newquay airport - hire cars available
For for further information about Falmouth:
Falmouth Tourist Information centre is in the centre of the town.
For additional information for the whole of the country, the Cornwall Tourist Board will be able to assist.