A popular town in the south of Cornwall, Falmouth has lots to offer its residents and visitors alike. Not many towns have a fantastic harbour, thriving docks, world famous gardens, blue flag beaches, fresh water lakes, bustling markets, 450-year old castles, yacht clubs, ocean racing, world-renowned chefs, coastal paths, beautiful estuaries...you get the message. Falmouth is fabulous! We know, we live here!

Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth

Beaches in Falmouth

You are never far from any of the towns three fabulous beaches. They provide a choice of water activities for all the family or the option to just relax and soak up the sun.

For more information, go to our pages on Castle Beach, Gyllyngvase beach and Swanpool beach.

A fourth fabulous beach at Maenporth is only two miles away.

Queen Mary Gardens in Falmouth

Gardens in Falmouth

There are a number of magnificent gardens near Falmouth including the renowned Glendurgan Garden, Lamorran, Penjerrick, Trebah Garden and Trelissick Garden.

The town itself has some attractive parks and gardens such as Fox Rosehill Gardens, Gyllyngdune Gardens, Kimberley Park and Queen Mary Gardens.

Sailing in Falmouth

Sailing in Falmouth

The expansive and sheltered waters of the Fal Estuary provide some of the best sailing in the UK with many sailing events taking place off Falmouth.

There are a number of marinas and the thriving yacht clubs include the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Flushing Sailing Club, Restronguet Sailing Club and Mylor Yacht Club.

In 2012 Falmouth hosted the Finn Gold Cup and Open UK National Championship in May, J Class Regatta in June, Pendennis Cup in July and Falmouth Week in August.

Cooking prawns

Food in Falmouth

There are a number of food and drink festivals throughout the year and an impressive range of restaurants. The most recent top name addition has been the arrival of Rick Stein's Fish and Chip Restaurant.

Falmouth Hotel

Places to Stay in Falmouth

For visitors there is a wide choice of quality accommodation including hotels, cottages, bed and breakfast, self-catering apartments and hostels. There are also a number of attractive caravan and camping sites nearby.

For more information, go to our accommodation in and around Falmouth page.

Bottlenose Dolphin in Falmouth Bay

Wildlife in Falmouth

There can’t be many towns where it is sometimes possible to see seals and dolphins from the shore. There are wildlife safaris around Falmouth Bay and rock pooling events on the beaches.

There are a number of Local Nature Reserves, such as Swanpool, where you can enjoy bird-watching and wild flowers.

For more information go to our Falmouth Wildlife pages.

Cannon at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth

History in Falmouth

With the third deepest natural harbour in the world it is easy to understand why Falmouth is so rich in maritime history.

Ever since the building of Pendennis castle by Henry VIII right up to recent times with Dame Ellen MacArthur's record breaking sail around the world in 2005, Falmouth’s development and place in history has been influenced by the sea.

Red Arrows flying over Falmouth

Events in Falmouth

Falmouth hosts a number of world class events such as Tall Ships, AZAB (Azores and Back) ocean race.

There are a number of local annual events such as Falmouth Oyster Festival, Fal River Festival, Falmouth Spring Festival, Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival and Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week.

coast path sign in Falmouth

Walks in Falmouth

Walking along the South West Coast Path from Swanpool to Gyllyngvase and onto Castle beach and to Pendennis Point has wonderful views of Falmouth Bay.

There are many walks around the Fal Estuary that can be joined up with ferry boat rides.

Flushing to Falmouth ferry

Ferries in Falmouth

There are a number of ferries that operate from Falmouth. They leave from the Prince of Wales pier near The Moor or Custom House Quay. The destinations are Flushing, St Mawes, Truro, Trelissick Garden and the park and float.

There is also an on demand Water Taxi between April and October.

For more information, go to our Falmouth ferries page.

Falmouth Harbour

Falmouth Harbour

The harbour has a working dockyard and shipbuilders as well as a marina, moorings and visitors moorings, gig racing clubs, piers and waterfront hotels and pubs.

There are also cruise ships that visit.

Falmouth Bay

Falmouth Bay

A sheltered sweep of sea to the east of The Lizard where large vessels can often be seen bunkering.

Falmouth Bay is often used for sailing races and fishing trips.