A maritime jewel in the crown
Falmouth, with the third deepest natural harbour in the world, joyfully celebrates its maritime heritage. It has a glorious history of welcoming traders and visitors from around the globe, has been the beginning or the end of many great sea voyages and held a strategic place in the country's wartime defences.
This busy port has three railway stations and, in the days of sail and steam, was a vital link with the rest of the world - it was here that news of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar was landed.
Today this friendly Cornish town has a thriving and exciting cultural life too - rich in art and history. With lots of quirky shops, great cafes and vibrant bars, there’s plenty to do for all ages in Falmouth but, if doing nothing is more your style, it’s also a beautiful place to just walk, sit, swim and think.
Castles. Here you can visit two magnificent examples on facing headlands, both built by Henry VIII to watch over the sea and the Carrick Roads. On the Falmouth peninsula is Pendennis Castle which had a military role that continued beyond the Second World War. Across the water is the beautifully preserved Tudor fortress of St Mawes.
Anything arty. Falmouth School of Art has a worldwide reputation for excellence and many young artists exhibit and sell their work locally in the many lovely galleries.