Cornwall Tourism Guide

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Falmouth

As home to the world’s third largest natural harbour, the maritime town of Falmouth has certainly made its impact on the Cornish coastline, and has now become known as a first class sailing and leisure destination.

Falmouth’s busy port offers services for both commercial and leisure customers, including cargo handling, dry docks, and for tourists, moorings and visitor facilities. Continuing the watery theme, the River Fal and River Helford are equally well regarded, and popular with visitors who can moor their yachts there. Look along either river and you’ll see opportunities to explore or celebrate the history and heritage of these waterways. Arrive at the right time of year and you can join in with the 150 + events that make up the Fal River Festival, such as sea safaris or guided walks. Meanwhile Helford River, which runs from the outer edge of Falmouth Bay, to Gweek, is known for its Oyster Beds, and close proximity to Gweek Seal Sanctuary, and the Gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah.

Back on dry land, and back in Falmouth, you’ll find several sandy, blue flag beaches: Castle Beach affords you with views of Falmouth Bay, while Gyllyngvase looks over towards the Lizard Peninsula. There are also the smaller, quieter, havens of Maenporth, and Swanpool, the latter attracting watersports enthusiasts.

Whether you’re on the water, or dry land, Falmouth is very much a family friendly destination, which is reflected in the range of shops, restaurants, accommodations, and other facilities in the town, and surrounding areas. There’s something for everyone among the visitor attractions too.

Connected to Falmouth by ferry, the old world fishing harbour and village of St Mawes, has a selection of coastal walks, and the unique sub-tropical micro climate of Lamorran Gardens. There are also a number of local shops and art galleries, and Tudor King Henry VIII also left his mark on the area. St Mawes Castle was one of many artillery fortresses he had built along the West Coast. This and Pendennis Castle, are owned by English Heritage, and open to visitors.

No visit to this area of Cornwall would be complete without a visit to Flambards Theme Park, and St Michaels Mount. Flambards is many attractions in one, with theme park rides, gardens, a Victorian model village, and war/military themed exhibitions, such as ‘Britain In The Blitz’. Meanwhile take a trip over to the mount, and you’ll be following in the footsteps of giants and pilgrims. The island houses a stunning medieval castle and gardens, a testament to the 1000 years of history St Michaels Mount has seen.

Whether you explore Maritime or Military Falmouth, stray beyond its borders to visit Helston, Truro, St Mawes, or one of the other towns and villages nearby, take part in activities, or relax on the beaches, you’re sure to remember this Cornish delight for many years to come.

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