Beaches, pubs, buzz, pasties
Very busy in the summer
Quaint, Cornish town aspiring to be something
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
When I was a kid my Grandparents used to treat us to Christmas at this giant hotel in Cornwall. Its...more
Grove Place, Falmouth, TR11 4AU, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
Nancenoy, Constantine, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5RP, United Kingdom
Good for: Business
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...more
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...more
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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
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!
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.
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.
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