From hidden coves and winding streets to a rich maritime history and creative hub - here's our top 20 reasons why you should visit Cornwall’s most sought-out coastal town.
Falmouth is home to the world's third largest natural deep-water harbour in the world and the deepest in Western Europe
It’s also famous for being the start or finish point of various round the world record-breaking voyages, such as those of Sir William Robert Pat "Robin" Knox-Johnston and Dame Ellen MacArthur
Falmouth is the gateway to the beautiful Fal River which runs through an Area Of Natural Beauty
There are Great festivals and an events calendar all year round
Creative buzz - think art galleries, exhibitions and a bucket load of independent shops
Spectacular array of things to see and do – 8 gardens nearby, 4 main beaches and over 20 family attractions
It’s surrounded by fascinating maritime heritage. The multi award-winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall houses a huge collection of boats, retells stories of intrepid explorers and provides an observation window where you can see what’s happening underwater in the harbour
Pendennis Castle is one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII. Explore the restored Victorian and WWII defences complete with sounds and smells and head to the Discovery Centre where hands-on activities allows visitors of all ages to really get to grips with history
The award-winning Falmouth Art Gallery (free entry) is one of the leading galleries in the South West and is family friendly too. It has changing displays of some of the best British art with a regular programme of special exhibitions complementing works by luminaries such as Henry Scott-Tuke and Sir Alfred Munnings
Exotic sub-tropical plants thrive in Falmouth’s mild maritime climate and at the well cared for Kimberly Park Municipal Garden you can sit amongst the immaculate oasis of ornamental trees and formal flower beds and enjoy a picnic
Other gardens include the internationally renowned Trebah Garden. Family and dog friendly with a dramatic coastal setting on the Helford – it has amazing Gunnera to get lost in and its very own secret beach
And there’s a fantastic maze at Glendurgan Gardens
Falmouth’s host of beaches offer surfing, snorkelling, sailing and plenty of lounging around in the sun
Kids can go rockpooling crazy
Falmouth is positioned next to areas of outstanding natural beauty along the helford and fal rivers
Falmouth is a foodie paradise. Tuck into freshly caught seafood from the delicious delis, food festivals, waterside restaurants and traditional pubs
Rick Stein has a walk-in seafood restaurant there serving Rick’s favourite dishes including sea bream fillets, moules marinière, grilled lobster and shucked oysters. As well as the seafood restaurant, he has a takeaway serving fish and chips, tiger prawns, fish chilli burgers, battered oysters and more. Yum
The Lighthouse that appeared in Fraggle Rock is around the corner. You can walk to St Anthonys Head Lighthouse from St Mawes across the water
"My husband and I are local and visit this hotel for a staycation most years. We always have a lovely time and feel welcome by the lovely staff. The development has made it even better with fantastic new spa facilities."
"The room was magnificent, fresh and clean, with all the modern facilities that you may want. The coffee machine was very loved with the cookies and fresh milk provided to go along with a cuppa."
"I had a large room overlooking the sea and it was tastefully decorated. The food was gorgeous and plentiful. The waiting staff were very attentive and helpful. It was in a perfect setting."
"There's a reason why I choose to stay here year after year. I visit Cornwall once a year and this place will always be my hotel of choice. The food is AMAZING, staff are always helpful and welcoming."
"The service was impeccable. The room had a balcony with a view of the sunrise over the sea. Beauty, comfort, rest. It's right next to a lovely beach and not far from the town centre. The Spa is second to none."
"I have just had the pleasure of going to the newly refurbished St Michaels Spa with a group of friends. I had the most amazing time. They have a really good thalassic, hydrotherapy pool. When you stepped into the water it was so warm and clear and felt like the most luxurious bath."