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Falmouth is home to The National Maritime Museum and The Falmouth Art Gallery

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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 towns 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 world-renowned seafood dishes from Rick Stein’s Fish, Falmouth has got you covered.

Almost every street leads out towards the harbour, reinforcing the idea of Falmouth being 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.

Falmouth town centre

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 the eighth’s finest fortresses, Pendennis defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. The views from the castle are truly spectacular, so don’t forget to pack a picnic.

Discovering Cornwall’s eclectic culinary scene is one of the area’s biggest attractions. Take the Pandora Inn , for example. This stunning waterside gastropub is renowned among locals and visitors alike. In a seat overlooking the tranquil water, tuck into seared Cornish scallops or a Cornish rib eye steak. The extensive menu is packed full of local ingredients. If you’re just stopping for lunch, the Pandora Inn has reinvented the typical British sandwich. Try the chicken, chorizo, black pepper mayonnaise and Parmesan sandwich. Wash it down with 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 Chainlocker and Shipwrights 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 prosciutto ham, gorgonzola and mouth-watering meats. Pop up shops and restaurants include delectable sandwiches from Angus and Mitchell and heavenly cod from the aptly named Cornish Codfather. 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 a 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

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.

Fox Rosehill Gardens

These private gardens have various open days throughout the year.

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