The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is a great day out for all ages. In fact, it’s been long listed for a Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award – and it’s got an open, airy feel to it that makes it a contemporary setting to learn and discover. Voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012 by the Cornwall Tourism Awards, the museum is a stone’s throw from Falmouth’s infamous harbour (the world’s third largest don’t you know!) and it’s open daily.
The museum is located right on the waterfront, and its Out Look Tower has some of the best views for miles, so you can spend as much time as you like gazing out at the harbour beneath you and off to the horizon. The Search and Rescue exhibition will run until February 2014 and it enables visitors to step into the dangerous world of the maritime rescue services. Discover what it’s really like to be out at sea on a search, and just how terrifying it can be. The National Maritime Museum was designed with fun in mind, and its displays are engaging and interactive wherever possible to help make it a great experience for younger visitors.
The National Small Boat Collection was created in Greenwich and represents boats from all over the world and it’s always one of the highlights of a visit. Children love to get up close to the boats on display and they’re supported by a collection of artefacts and objects that have sailed the world.
We couldn’t finish without mentioning the Waterside Cafe, as it always pulls through with a mouth-watering selection of traditional homemade cakes...and they taste all the better for the harbour views thanks to the cafe’s waterside setting.