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Places to visit in Cornwall - Falmouth: A Coastal Haven for Travellers

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

What’s on, my Ansom?


So, you’re coming to mighty Cornwall for your holidays. A fantastic choice! Cornwall is one of, if not THE, most treasured destinations in the U.K.


And when you visit, you’re absolutely spoiled for choice with the amount of outstanding places to spend time in!


In this new Roselidden blog series, you’ll learn about different locations all around Kernow. You’ll get some great information about places to visit in Cornwall.


In today’s post you’ll learn about a place quite dear to our hearts: Falmouth! Our family lived in Falmouth for many years and we still have roots there. You’re in expert hands, so let’s get into it!


What’s the crack with Falmouth?


Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Cornwall, England, Falmouth is a charming and vibrant town. It captivates the hearts of visitors with its scenic beauty, rich maritime history, and bustling cultural scene.


From its stunning beaches and historic landmarks to its diverse range of activities and events, Falmouth offers an unforgettable experience for tourists seeking a quintessential English seaside getaway. Let’s dive deeper into what makes Falmouth one of the top places to visit in Cornwall!


A Coastal Paradise


Falmouth boasts some of the most breathtaking beaches in the United Kingdom. Gyllyngvase Beach, with its soft golden sands and crystal-clear waters, is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and indulging in various water sports.


For a more secluded experience, venture to Maenporth Beach or Swanpool Beach, where you can relax amidst stunning natural surroundings. Don't forget to explore the South West Coast Path, which offers spectacular coastal walks, leading you to hidden coves and panoramic vistas that will leave you in awe.


Maritime Heritage


As a historic port town, Falmouth is steeped in maritime heritage. Begin your journey by visiting the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall, where you can delve into the town's nautical past through captivating exhibits, interactive displays, and engaging activities for all ages. Take a stroll along the waterfront and marvel at the sight of magnificent ships, including the famous Pendennis Castle, an impressive fortress dating back to the Tudor era.


Boats near Falmouth, Cornwall

Falmouth Harbour


The bustling Falmouth Harbour is a hub of activity and a playground for maritime enthusiasts. Marvel at the sight of elegant sailboats, classic yachts, and towering cruise ships as they navigate the turquoise waters. Embark on a boat tour to explore the harbour's hidden gems, such as St. Mawes Castle and the idyllic Helford River. If you're feeling adventurous, charter a yacht or take sailing lessons to experience the thrill of navigating the open seas.


Art and Culture


Falmouth is renowned for its thriving arts and cultural scene, attracting artists, musicians, and performers from far and wide. Wander the narrow streets of the town and discover local art galleries. The Falmouth Art Gallery is a must-visit, housing an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. And the annual sea shanty festival is a local favourite you won’t want to miss!


A cornish pasty

Culinary Delights


Food lovers will find themselves in culinary heaven in Falmouth. The town is brimming with exceptional restaurants, charming cafés, and traditional pubs serving up delicious Cornish delicacies. Indulge in freshly caught seafood, including succulent crab and delectable local oysters. And of course, proper Cornish pasties are available on every corner! Falmouth's vibrant food scene caters to all tastes and budgets, ensuring a pleasurable eating experience for every visitor.


Day Trips and Exploration


Falmouth's strategic location makes it an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area. Hop on a ferry and visit the enchanting St. Mawes or the picturesque Helford River. Alternatively, you can head to the piers along Falmouth main street and jump on a fishing boat! They provide all the gear you need and the guys and girls on board know the local fishing spots like the back of their hands. There’s nothing like taking a mackerel straight from the sea to your barbecue on the same day!


Ready to visit some places in Cornwall?


So there you have it, pals!


Whether you're exploring the historic landmarks, basking in the sun on its golden beaches, immersing yourself in art and culture, or savouring the local culinary delights, Falmouth promises an idyllic escape that will leave you yearning to return time and time again.


We’d love to hear about your own experiences in Falmouth! And if you have any other recommendations, leave a comment and let us know.


Later on!

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