Falmouth has the third largest deep water natural harbour in the world and the ‘spirit of the sea’ is all around. Falmouth is a great place for boating, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking but there is loads more to discover…
Pendennis Castle was built by Henry VIII in 1545. There is now a discovery centre and guided underground tours. There are great views from the headland – take the circular Castle Drive – whether you pay in to the castle or not. Open daily 10am-6pm usually, entry is £10.50.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall. On Discovery Quay, this museum has exhibitions on model boats, Falmouth history and life on the sea spread over 5 floors as well as temporary exhibitions and the new ‘Titanic Stories’ (opened March 2018). Open daily 10am-5pm, entry is £13.50.
Falmouth Art Gallery. Found on The Moor, these converted council chambers host permanent and temporary exhibitions. Open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, entry is free.
Falmouth Farmers Market, The Moor – Tuesday mornings
Gardens: Fox Rosehill, Queen Mary, Kimberley, Gyllyngdune, Trebah
Galleries: Marine Gallery – Nick Gibbard, Cornwall Art Galleries, Art World Gallery, You3Art Group (temporary exhibition at Falmouth Methodist Church), Fish Factory Arts (in an abandoned scallop factory)
Beaches: Gyllyngvase is a stunning beach, use #gyllybeach to find out more. Further along Castle, Tunnel and Swanpool beaches are not as nice. Outside Falmouth, Maenporth beach is worth visiting
Getting Around: Amazingly there is free parking at Castle, Tunnel and Gyllyngvase beaches! These are a short walk from the main town.
The Courtyard Deli and Kitchen is a real gem. It’s found in Bells Court, off Market St (between Pandora and Santander, across from M&S, look for the yellow bicycle). I had Cornish gouda, squash and carella quiche tart with red cabbage coleslaw, broccoli and baby new potatoes. They also do good coffees.
Other: Harbour Lights, Wildebeest Vegan, Brothers Pizza Company, Mono Music/Bar/Kitchen, The Fude Dude, Oggy Oggy The Pasty Shop, Cribbs Caribbean restaurant, Roskilly’s Icecream Parlour, The Meat Counter, Warren’s Bakery
Other: Create Arts Café and Dessert Bar, espressini dulce, Dr Wynn’s 19th C Coffee House, Cavendish Coffee House
The Roseland Peninsula is an area of outstanding beauty. It encompasses the Fal River estuary and has coastal walks, galleries, watersports, and beaches…
Trelissick Garden is found on the banks of the Fal River.
Fowey is a historic harbour town.