Falmouth Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
(Falmouth, Cornwall, England, UK)
Enjoying an exceptional coastal position close to many top tourist attractions, there is always something to do in Falmouth. Many of the main tourist attractions are centred around Falmouth's outstanding beaches, where sunbathers and families flock during the sunny summer months.
Also in the Falmouth area, regular boat trips depart from the pier, including ferry rides to nearby St. Mawes and back again. Visitors staying in Falmouth often visit the National Seal Sanctuary and one of the main attractions here is feeding time, which is not to be missed, when all of the animals are extremely entertaining.
Many public beaches line the coastline around Falmouth and become especially busy during the summer months, when the crowds of sun-worshippers and wind surfers descend.
- Gyllyngvase Beach - a small and wide sandy stretch, appealing to locals and tourists alike. The beach is known for its scenic vistas and overlooks nearby Pendennis Castle.
- Maenporth Beach - close to Falmouth and particularly suitable for families. This beach is located off the A39 and features soft sand and summer lifeguards.
- Swanpool Beach - with both sand and pebbly areas, stretching for just over 150 metres / 490 feet. To reach the beach, simply follow the signposts along Swanpool Road.
- Trefuis Beach - set alongside an old quarry, with views across the town and also linked by regular ferries, being close to the village of Flushing. This is a quiet and little known beach well worth searching out.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
King Harry Ferries
Tel: +44 (0)1326 862 312
Departing from the Prince of Wales pier at 20-minute intervals, these popular ferries travel to and from the town of St. Mawes throughout the day. St. Mawes is located directly opposite Falmouth and the scenic journey onboard the King Harry Ferries is especially pleasant, lasting around one hour and affording many excellent views along the way. During the summer months, boat trips also run to a historic smuggler's cottage, which lies upriver. Many additional boat companies gather at the pier and offer a range of cruises, including both the Cornish Belle company and Enterprise Boats.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge, discounts for children
National Seal Sanctuary
Address: Gweek, near Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6UG, England, UK
The National Seal Sanctuary lies on the south-western outskirts of Falmouth and offers an opportunity for you to get close up to a number of local seals and their pups, sea lions and also otters. This important rescue centre first arrived here in 1975 and has expanded considerably over the years, with attractions now including five large pools and a special hospital area.
Open hours: daily - from 10:00, closing times vary according to season
Admission: charge, discounts for seniors, students and children, children two years old and under are free