A picturesque port city in Cornwall, Falmouth sparkles with sandy beaches, waterfront cafes, 18th-century buildings and towering Tudor castles. Considered one of the world’s largest natural harbours, Falmouth hosts a constant parade of luxurious pleasure and rugged fishing vessels.
Things to do in Falmouth
Take advantage of the two main beaches along the coastline near Falmouth’s city centre. Gyllyngvase Beach features powdery sand and upscale beach cafes, with a pathway connecting to Queen Mary Gardens. Stroll the gardens to reach Swanpool Beach, where you’ll find a beach bouncer and mini golf for the kids, along with shops to rent kayaks and water sports gear.
Looking to explore Falmouth’s history? Constructed by Henry VIII, Pendennis Castle punctuates the skyline above the harbour and exhibits restored underground defence systems, a guardhouse, restored battery observation post and shelters from World War II. The National Maritime Museum provides full immersion in the region’s nautical history, wildlife and port.
Climbing the 111 granite steps of Jacob's Ladder rewards you with expansive views of the harbour and estuary. At the top, you’ll find the Moor, Falmouth's main city square. Check out local crafts, food and music at Falmouth Market, then view more than 2,000 works of art at Falmouth Art Gallery, ranging from Pre-Raphaelite paintings to British Impressionist works.
Take a one-hour River Fal excursion to the historic town of Truro or book a fishing charter or classic wooden sailboat trip. From water sports to kayaking, party boats, ferries and wildlife cruises, there are plenty of ways to embrace the aquatic lifestyle in Falmouth.
Getting around Falmouth
Buses, trains and ferries provide transportation in and around Falmouth, while public shuttles link the town and coast. You can rent a car in the city or at Newquay Cornwall Airport, about 30 minutes away.