Falmouth Tourist Information and Tourism

(Falmouth, Cornwall, England, UK)

Photo of harbourMuch more than just a Cornish seaside resort, Falmouth is home to busy working docks and also contains a large student population, offering a young vibe in certain areas. Falmouth lies on the southern coastline of Cornwall and is perhaps best known for its large natural harbour, which rather surprisingly is the world's third deepest of its kind. Falmouth Harbour is known for its pleasure trips, cruises and summer sailing regattas.

Tourism has become an integral part of the town and Falmouth's sandy beaches are legendary. Each year, many tourists spend much of their holiday sunbathing and relaxing on the seafront. The main beaches in Falmouth include Gyllyngvase Beach - which overlooks Pendennis Castle, Maenporth Beach - ideal for families, Swanpool Beach - a relatively small stretch; and Trefuis Beach - close to Flushing and boasting good views of the town centre. During your stay, do try and visit the Falmouth Tourist Information Centre if possible. Located on the Prince of Wales Pier, this helpful tourism office will help you map out your holiday.

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Falmouth Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Each summer, thousands of families head to this part of Cornwall for their quintessential seaside holiday, with local guest houses quickly filling up due to the heavy demand for accommodation at this time of the year. Falmouth holiday cottages are perfect for families looking to self-cater, becoming considerably cheaper after the peak months of July and August. Accommodation away from the beachfront is generally less expensive, and further afield, sensibly priced B&Bs are available around Penryn, Redruth, St. Mawes and Truro. More information about Falmouth Hotels and Accommodation.

Falmouth's foremost tourist attractions include the town's harbour - a 17th-century structure with many nearby waterfront attractions and boat yards; King Harry Ferries - with regular trips to St. Mawes leaving from Falmouth's Prince of Wales pier all through the day; the National Seal Sanctuary - a local rescue centre for local seals, sea lions and otters, standing on the south-western side of Falmouth; and also Pendennis Castle - the largest castle in the whole of Cornwall, dating back to the middle of the 1500s and featuring a popular 'Discovery Centre'. More information about Falmouth Tourist Attractions and Falmouth Landmarks.

Several excellent museums and top art galleries are based in Falmouth and include the National Maritime Museum Cornwall - located on the Discovery Quay and home to 12 separate galleries displaying a host of local Cornish history, with information about Falmouth's shipbuilding days; Falmouth Art Gallery - an award-winning gallery with many superb paintings and prints on display. More information about Falmouth Museums and Falmouth Art Galleries.

Photo of town beachTourist attractions near Falmouth include many appealing towns, villages and locations, such as the Lizard Peninsula - England's most southerly spot, to the south-west of Falmouth; Helston - a relatively small town with a local Folk Museum and roller-coaster theme park; Truro - an elegant cathedral city sited inland and on the northern side of Falmouth; and Newquay - one of Cornwall's most celebrated seaside resorts and the surf capital of the United Kingdom. More information about Falmouth Attractions Nearby.

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