Attractions Nearby Falmouth, Day Trips and Excursions

(Falmouth, Cornwall, England, UK)

Image of harbourWhilst there is a good selection of attractions within the town of Falmouth, many further attractions are just a short drive away and well worth visiting. They include the bustling city of Truro, where the immense cathedral dominates the centre.

Also worth visiting are the beach and surfing attractions in the resort of Newquay, where action and fun is never far away and easy to find. For families planning a day out involving roller coasters and exciting attractions, Flambards Experience at Helston is hard to beat.

Image of Lizard Peninsula

Lizard Peninsula

Located around 19 miles / 31 minutes south-west of nearby Falmouth, the Lizard Peninsula is actually the most southern point of the country and is a popular alternative to the more commercialised westerly Land's End. Attractions around the Lizard Peninsula include a popular coastal pathway owned by the National Trust, the eye-catching Goonhilly Earth Station, complete with its bright white satellite dishes, and also occasional sightings of seals, dolphins and even big basking sharks.

Photo of Helston


Approximately 12 miles / 20 minutes to the west of Falmouth, Helston is a fairly small town and the main gateway to the actual Lizard Peninsula itself. The town's main attractions consist of the interesting Helston Folk Museum along Church Street, the well-supported Furry Dance pagan festival each May, and of course the Flambards Experience theme park off Clodgey Lane.

Picture of Truro


The cathedral city of Truro stands slightly inland and lies roughly 18 km / 11 miles to the north of Falmouth, less than 20-minutes by car. Cornwall's important administrative centre, Truro features a number of attractions, including its beautiful cathedral, which was built in the late 19th century. Also highly regarded in the town is the Royal Cornwall Museum along River Street, a large museum housing many impressive local artefacts and archaeological treasures from the area.

Scenic image overlooking Newquay beach


Those looking for sun, sand and surf should be sure the visit the lively seaside resort of Newquay, the UK's surf capital. Hosting many enormous events each year, such as the 'Run to the Sun' VW fest in May and also the Rip Curl Boardmasters festival each August. Other top attractions in Newquay include a zoo, aquarium, water park, endless nightclubs and also the historic Trerice manor house. Falmouth stands approximately 37 km / 23 miles south of Newquay.