Falmouth is one of the foremost holiday destinations in the UK making the town the ideal base for a memorable holiday in Cornwall. Falmouth has been a flourishing port for over 400 years and the historic natural harbour is the third largest in the world, providing a focal point for many water sports activities and the perfect location for the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall. There are a wide range of boat trips available taking you out into Falmouth bay or up the beautiful Fal Estuary to the county town of Truro. You can also take the passenger ferry over to St Mawes on the peaceful Roseland Peninsula. Falmouth is also right on the spectacular South West Coast Path if you fancy something more energetic. There is something for everyone, whatever your interests.
Falmouth Sea Front is one of the focal points of the town stretching on for a mile or more and leading to Pendennis Point where you can relax and take in panoramic views from St Anthony Lighthouse round to Lizard Point. The lovely, Blue Flag, Gyllyngvase Beach is the largest of the three beaches and is just a couple of minutes walk from the Westcott. Castle Beach is great for rock pooling and snorkelling. Swanpool Beach provides a leisure centre offering watersports including kayak hire.
Falmouth town centre has a wide range of shops, cafes and waterside pubs together with some superb restaurants serving locally caught seafood. You will find a charming mix of shops in Falmouth's busy main street ranging from well known high street names to quirky individual retailers. Falmouth also has a range of small galleries, many featuring the work of talented local artists.
Falmouth also has several lovely and beautifully maintained gardens including Queen Mary Gardens, Kimberley Park and the Princess Pavilion with its listed bandstand and free entertainment on most summer evenings. There are also a number of spectacular gardens and National Trust properties within easy driving distance. Gardens include Trelissick, Trebah, Glendurgan and Heligan together with the innovative Eden Project. National Trust properties include Trerice, Lanhydrock and Cotehele.