Falmouth Travel Guide

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Falmouth Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beaches, pubs, buzz, pasties 

  • Con
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     Very busy in the summer 

  • In a nutshell
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     Quaint, Cornish town aspiring to be something 

Falmouth Things to Do

  • St Mawes Castle & St Mawes

    St Mawes is the companion of Pndennis Castle on the eastern side of Carrick RoadsLike its partner it was built to defend Carrick roads, however it is sited much lower, which is good for targeting shipping, but not so defensible from landward attack. When attacked during the civil war it surrendered quickly, whereas Pendennis held out for 6...

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  • Stunning, simply stunning

    St Just in RoselandA wonderful subtropical garden surrounds a 13th century church in this Cornish hamlet set off a tidal creek on the Percuil river. There are camellias and rhododendrons, together with a rich variety of rare tropical plants Can be very romantic, good for couples or a Mum and Dad day out, perhaps not so good for kids - although they...

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  • Pendennis Castle

    Visiting a castle can seem a bit worthy and dull, but it is surprisingly good fun, even for quite small childrenPendennis Castle commands the entrance into Carrick Roads - the 3rd largest natural harbour in the world. It dates back to Tudor times, with the main fortifications being built by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. However, this being SW Britain...

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  • The National Maritime Museum information

    The Museum is open seven days a week. Closed Christmas day & Boxing day.Opening hours are from 10 - 5pmFrom 19 February 2003, the following admission prices apply:Adults ? 5.90 Seniors (persons 60 or over) ? 3.90 Students (valid NUS,ISU card) ? 3.90 Children (5 - 15 yrs) ? 3.90 If you are lucky when you visit this museum, you may come when...

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  • The National Maritime Museum

    The National Maritime Museum sits on Falmouth harbour front. It contains the history of small boats and Cornish maritime history. Do not expect large ships to be here, just boats, canoes and sailing yachts, yet what a wealth of information can be found at this place.

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  • The National Maritime Museum

    The museum also has a viewing tower. I took the picture of Falmouth Harbour from the top of it but there is something just as interesting at its base.The base of the tower is built into the seabed and has windows through which you can watch any sealife that happens to amble by.We saw lots of small fish, one large fish, a crab and alongside the...

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  • The National Maritime Museum

    The museum does not just contain static displays of boats. There are many interactive displays that show how the weather is formed, how a river can affect a boat as it travels across the flow and many other things that will entertain kids and adults alike.

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  • The National Maritime Museum

    This is the first display that you will encounter when you visit the museum. It looks complicated until you realise that each boat on view is a replica of a true sailing ship and that you can access information about each individaul boat, giving details of who built it and when. It must have taken absolute hours building these models, something...

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  • Falmouth.

    It is a nice town to walk around and do a bit of shopping. In the harbour you can take a ferry to the island St. Mawes. I don't recommend it when the weather is bad but otherwise it is a nice trip. It is a small island, not that much to do but just nice to have a look around.

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Falmouth Nightlife

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    Wetherspoon's pub, so as far as beer and food are concerned it is the same as all the others! Good place to start on a pub crawlNicely converted with a good seating area upstairsFamily friendly-separate family eating areaLarge bar area downstairs with space, loads of seating and a small seating area outside.Cheap beer, good guest ales, wine...

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  • Falmouth Nightlife

    Nightlife in Falmouth revolves around pubs.The Watermans used to be a Chinese restaurant, if has a nice outside decked area where you can drink and watch the world go by. It is just off the main street so not too badly affected by trafficLive music most nights and bar food. Very popular with the younger set, sailors and the surfers. It is almost...

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Falmouth Transportation

  • One of the many ferries [official PR PHOT]

    by macroderma Updated Jan 8, 2005

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    FALRIVERLINKS is a linked system of boats, buses, walks, water taxis and so on. If you plan your itinerary you can do a lot of sightseeing without using your car, which can be safely left outside Falmouth at Ponsharden, instead of stuck in a traffic jam ( or being ticketed) in Falmouth

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Falmouth Tourist Traps

  • Maenporth[aerial][www.mawnansmith.org.uk]

    by macroderma Updated Jan 9, 2005

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    Falmouth has 4 beaches

    Castle - rocks and some sand, not good for kids, but tends to be quieter. Good place for sunning yourself, no cafes etc or other facilities unless you go back up to the main promenade road that runs along the seafront. Good rockpooling

    Gyllyngvase. Sandy, no rocks (except at the end), rockpools, but tends to be picked clean by hordes of kids!. Volleyball - form a team and challenge whoever's there! Quite good facilities, proper toilets, some nice gardens, a decent cafe, ice creams etc. Be warned the sand shelves quite steeply - watch your kids! Because of the facilities and proximity to town (15 min walk max) it is packed in the summer.

    Swanpool. Bit further out of town (or you can walk across the headland from Gyllyngvase - nice walk and not too strenuous!) Loads of pebbles - not too comfortable for lounging, swimming OK, crazy golf, decent restaurant/cafe on the beach and a better one (Three Mackerels) just up the hill. Good for windsurfing etc as it tends to have fewer people, I wouldn't recommend it for families

    Maenporth - 6 miles out of town - or walk there across the headland from Swanpool (a good half hour). B roads - some dodgy blind bends, be careful! Loads of sand, when the tide is out immense area for the kids to play on, sandcastles,kites, football etc.. Good rockpooling. Gently shelving safe beach, but watch the undertow on a falling tide or stiff southerly wind. Lots of boat launching done here, also there is a scuba school, a reasonable cafe. As it is a bit further out it tends to be less crowded (except at high water when everyone is at the top!).

    Unique Suggestions: Go to Maenporth and make a day of it!
    Research the tides and go there on a falling tide and stay the day. Play your games and build your sandcastles and then as the tide comes in across the hot sand get swimming - it is really wonderful for families, I know - I spent most of my childhood there in the summer!

    Fun Alternatives: Go to Gyllyngvase but don't turn up until 3pm or later. By then the crowds will have started to reduce as small kids etc have got thoroughly sunburned/bored/tired and will be leaving. The water will have been warming all day and you will still have a good 3 or 4 hours - you might even get to use that volleyball net!

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Falmouth Off The Beaten Path

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    by seagoingJLW Written Sep 18, 2002

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    Visit Falmouth and other villages at Land's End. I found it to have an isolated feeling, but it was lovely, nonetheless, even to this city girl.

    This is a typical English garden.

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    Falmouth Weather Observatory, Cornwall

    by Ash59 Updated Nov 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: As you wander around town, you may spot this tower, high up on the hill, overlooking the area.

    This octagonal tower was built in 1867 as a weather observatory, when the Board of Trade started collecting information from across the U.K. to create weather forcasts for shipping. Falmouth was one of five official station set up in Britain to send simultaneous instrument readings to London.

    One of the most famous readings was the atmospheric disruption caused by the eruption of the Krakotoa Volcano in August, 1883.

    Fondest memory: For other information that I have written about Cornwall, please click here

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