20 Reasons why Falmouth is amazingFalmouth
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
It has 4 – yes 4! –world-class beaches. Castle beach, Gyllyngvase beach, Swanpool beach and Maenporth beach are all fantastic for families, watersports and adrenalin junkies
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
Explore the Fal estuary on the ferries that criss-cross the water connecting Falmouth with the charming harbour town of St Mawes and the city of Truro. The ferry runs all year round
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
I really liked the online check in, no room bills/pay as you go and easy check out….a really modern approach that works well.
The hotel is superb, with great spa / leisure facilities, right on the beach and only a short walk to town.
Thank you for making my birthday so special. Even though I’m local I felt like I was a 1000 miles away.
Wonderful hotel and Spa resort. Friendly and helpful staff, dog friendly even dog bed and treats in room, great food and ambience.
Had a lovely dinner last night in the restaurant with a voucher from Christmas. Warm atmosphere, great service and perfect food. Will definitely do it again
We had a free upgrade along with a lovely Birthday card for my Partner and a free cocktail for us both to celebrate! Such a lovely lovely gesture.
Excellent breakfast - such a good choice and very delicious. We also had THE best Sunday Roast and cocktails - Can't wait to return.