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Vibrant, creative town with a rich maritime heritage

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An eclectic blend of traditional fisherman’s cottages and contemporary architecture is part of what makes Falmouth so special. Walking along the town's many streets and alleyways, you’ll soon discover the seemingly endless quirky shops, galleries, cafes and eateries available. Whether you’re craving a wholesome falafel wrap from Fal Falafel or outstanding seafood dishes from The Wheelhouse Crab and Oyster bar , Falmouth has got you covered.

Almost every street leads out towards the harbour, reinforcing Falmouth's identity as a working port and fishing harbour. Falmouth is home to many beaches, including Castle Beach and Gyllyngvase Beach. Walkers can make the most of Falmouth’s prime location on the South West Coast Path by following the stretches of golden sand. Stretching just 1.7 miles, there is an easy route following the sandy shoreline at Maenporth Beach to Swanpool Beach.

Pendennis Castle

The iconic Pendennis Castle is hugely popular among visitors. Standing proudly over the water, the castle can be seen from the quaint village of St Mawes. Renowned as one of Henry VIII’s finest fortresses, Pendennis has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. The views from the castle are truly spectacular, so don’t forget to pack a picnic. And if you like views, make sure take the time to climb the 111 granite steps of Jacob's Ladder. At the top, you'll find Falmouth's main square and sweeping views of the harbour and estuary.

Cornwall’s eclectic culinary scene is one of the area’s biggest attractions, and you're spoilt for choice with places to eat in Falmouth. Take the Pandora Inn , for example. This stunning waterside gastropub is celebrated among locals and visitors alike. In a seat overlooking the tranquil water, tuck into delights from the extensive menu which is packed full of local ingredients, and sup a traditional local ale. If you’re looking for somewhere to relax, take in the sights and enjoy a few local ales and ciders, the Chain Locker pub sits directly on the harbour.

“With four beaches, independent shops, gastropubs and an idyllic location on the Cornish coast, Falmouth is a bustling town.”

Part of what makes Falmouth’s dining culture so special is its influences from around the world. Mangia serves up traditional Italian fare, including sumptuous thin-crust pizzas topped with gorgonzola, prosciutto ham and other mouth-watering meats. If you are looking for some fantastic sandwiches or melts, make sure you stop by Koffiji Cafe Bar. Open Thursday to Sunday, it also serves arguably the best ice cream in Falmouth. And if you want to sample the local produce, cooked up with a hint of European flair, then grab a table at Restaurant Four. The menu changes often but, with a head chef with an eye for detail who uses only the best local ingredients, you're sure to leave full-bellied and happy. The truth is, on every visit to Falmouth you’ll discover something new.

If you’re eager to indulge in Cornish-inspired cuisine, explore beautiful sandy beaches and the fascinating history of smugglers and pirates, Falmouth is the place for you. Upon venturing in the surrounding area, you’ll find St Mawes, Penryn, Truro and the Roseland Peninsula.

While you’re there

Fox Rosehill Gardens

These private gardens have various open days throughout the year.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

On the Falmouth Harbour side, you'll find this popular museum.

Falmouth Art Gallery

See work from the old masters as well as more recent pieces.

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