The third largest natural harbour in the world, home to four sandy beaches, a bustling marina, excellent shops, cafes and bars. This lively place, steeped in maritime history and full of trendy art students, is definitely a must visit destination while on holiday in Cornwall.
The long, flat main street is packed with boutique shops as well as high street brands, old book shops, record stores, vintage collectables, independent shops and galleries as well as numerous coffee bars, cafes and restaurants. Stretching from Events Square - overlooked by the Maritime Museum, all the way to The Moor- an open space surrounded by shops and bars, there is ample, easy parking at each end of town, making Falmouth a great place to visit any time of year. The often forgotten Old High Street itself, running up hill slightly from the Prince of Wales Pier is definitely worth a visit, with gems such as the fantastic Finisterre clothes shop, the award winning Star and Garter gastro pub, hidden courtyards and an eclectic mix of boutiques.
The sea is ever present in Falmouth. The main shopping street runs parallel to a stretch of water known as the Carrick Roads, over which you can see the pretty village of Flushing and further still the beautiful pastel coloured houses of St.Mawes. A small ferry will whisk you over for lunch, an even smaller ferry will take you to Place, a beautiful and deserted part of the Roseland, excellent for a walking adventure down to St. Anthony’s Head Lighthouse.
The working docks is home to some impressively huge naval ships, and beyond that, Pendennis Castle sits proudly on the rocky headland, guarding the Fal River estuary for nearly 500 years. From this vantage point you can see how the 4 beaches stretch out to the South West below you. Castle and Gyllyngvase Beaches are a 10 minute walk from the Maritime museum. Swanpool and Maenporth are about 1 and 2 miles respectively along the coastal path. Gylly Beach Café comes highly recommended - the outside seating area allows parents to sit and relax while the kids play on the white sands just below.
Falmouth is the jewel in the South Coast's crown, and rightly so. It’s vibrant, quirky and bustling. The restaurants are numerous and cover all types and styles of cooking; the shops are mostly independent and boutique; the beaches offer opportunities for all types of water sports; the English Heritage run castle offers wonderful tours and the views are spectacular and the Maritime Museum is one of the best in the country.
Ruan Dinas, Fal Estuary, sleep 6
Chy Gwel Enys, Mullion, sleeps 8-10
Trenow, Perranuthnoe, sleeps 4