Today I thought I would stay in my home town of Falmouth and have a little wonder through before heading out to the beach.
A bit of history about Falmouth
Falmouth is situated on the South West Coast of Cornwall and is the first and last good harbour along the South Coast of England, it is home to Pendennis Castle which was built in 1540 by Henry VIII to defend the Carrick Roads. Along with the Carrick Roads Falmouth is the third deepest natural harbour in the world and the deepest in Western Europe, it was used by the Packet Service for over 160 years to deliver mail to and from Britains growing empire. In 1805 Falmouth was the landing point for Schooner Pickle which was carrying the news of Britains victory and also the sad news of Admiral Nelsons death at the Battle of Trafalgar, this news then left Falmouth by Stagecoach bound for London.
Falmouth is a very popular within the marine industry for visiting sailors, super yachts and fishermen, it also has a dockyard for the repair and refitting of commercial vessels and home of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Bay class ships. The harbour boasts three marinas, lots of fabulous restaurants as well as pubs and bars. It has a very relaxed creative feel to it with its comtempory works, local bands and independent film productions.
Because of its natural beauty the town brings in a huge amount of tourism, with its pasty shops and famous cream teas. If you like picnics then Picnic Cornwall do a click and collect service.. You can order your picnic, collect it and head off to one of Falmouth’s beautiful destinations.. maybe it’s one of the stunning gardens like Kimberley Park or just a short 15 minute walk out of town you will reach Gyllyngdune Gardens.
Things to do in Falmouth
For those of you who would like to spend the day in the town there are quite a few pleasant things to do..
Look to visit the following:
The National Maritime Museum with its interesting exhibitions and fun activities for all ages.
Falmouth Art Gallery (which is free), enjoy the gorgeous paintings and soak up the artistic atmosphere, special events are held here on a regular basis.
Orca Sea Safari trip offers you a spectacular experience looking for an array of different species in our local waters.
Falmouth Boat Hire allows you to admire the River Fal at your own leisurely peace and admire the natural creeks or spot some of the iconic buildings from the water in Falmouth, Pendennis Castle, Trelissick House or head on up to the Pandora Inn.
Step aboard the ferry and be whisked off to St Mawes (St Mawes is a small town situated opposite Falmouth, on the Roseland Peninsula or you could head to Flushing a small tranquil village just across the water from Falmouth.
Why not wonder a little further out of the town and step on board the Falmouth Lifeboat for a free unique experience, the guides will give you a tour and explain how the lifeboats operate. The RNLI have been operating a lifeboat from Falmouth since 1867 and celebrates its 150th anniversary next year.
Lastly how can I forget our beautiful gallery shops selling the most stunning pictures of my spectacular home county, be the envy of your friends and take a gorgeous piece of Cornwall back with you.
Before heading to Falmouth you may want to check the what’s on guide on the Falmouth and the Visit Falmouth websites because it really is a very busy town with so many events and festivals being hosted here, you will be spoilt for choice. If these don’t appeal to you don’t worry we have some beautiful beaches for you to visit and lots of water based activities see some of previous posts here.
Falmouth has 3 great beaches, one is within a short walking distance from the town. The first is Castle Beach with its rock pools, rugged coastline and stunning views of pendennis castle, a quiet beach, that seems to attract lots of small children, there are toilets, Castle Beach Cafe selling a good selection of food for reasonable prices and some cute little beach huts for renting and it also sells some craft items.
A 5 minute walk and you arrive at Gyllyngvase Beach, a totally different experience with a lovely long beach of golden sand stretching out in front of you. Also there is a large beach cafe Gylly Beach Cafe, toilets and the beautiful Queen Mary Gardens to sit and enjoy a book or a tranquil moment if you don’t enjoy sand between your toes. For those who enjoy a bit of fun on the water there are a few activities available.
Heading across the coastal path you will find another delightful beach Swanpool, this beach also has a beach cafe which sells tasty food and delicious treats. A fantastic water sports centre Elemental who have an array of great water based activities (please see my post on Elemental here) and not forgetting across the road a beautiful stunning nature reserve with lots of wildlife to see.. Or if you fancy a competitive game of crazy golf this can be found next to the nature reserve. Parking is also available here.
This is my favourite beach with its gorgeous natural beauty surrounding the coast line.. I spent the afternoon here sipping coffee and reading a magazine, I really am enjoying my staycation.