UK Travel Guide



Falmouth in Cornwall

The quintessential resort town, Falmouth teems with maritime charm. Situated on the southern tip of the Fal Estuary, Falmouth features the third deepest natural harbor in the world. The town has been dubbed a chief sailing and water sports center. The excellent marina facilities and quays lure many boaters and cruise ships. Falmouth’s prime location has also been important for Great Britain’s defense. During the time of the Tudors, Henry VIII had built two castles, the Pendennis and St. Mawes Castles, on opposite sides of the estuary. The mid-sixteenth century castle of Pendennis overlooks the mile wide opening of the River Fal and boasts colossal walls and sprawling staircases.

This quixotic town flaunts gorgeous public gardens with a colorful array of exotic plants such as Camellias, Bamboo, and Azaleas. Developed during the Victorian era, these vibrant and multihued lawns continue to flourish due to the perfect weather. There are four main gardens in Falmouth: Gyllyndune, Kinberley Park, Queen Mary, and Fox Rosehill Gardens where even banana trees grow.

Falmouth’s town center offers many visitor attractions from brand name and specialty shops to romantic restaurants. Unique facets of Falmouth include the King’s Pipe and the Ships and Castles Leisure Pool. Among the more typical tourist places are the Farmouth Arts Center, the Cornwall Maritime Museum, and the Princess Pavilion in which exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events occur throughout the year. For a less “landlocked” experience, pleasure boats are available. The resort town of Falmouth shines with its sandy beaches, booming harbor, scenic beauty and delightful tourist activities.