Our guide to Falmouth holiday cottages
If you’ve ever found yourself chatting to someone who’s visited Falmouth, we’re confident they’ll have raved about it. With the world’s third largest natural harbour and a connection to all things maritime reflected in its year-round programme of events, the Falmouth holiday has something for everyone.
Those of you who read the Wind in the Willows stories when you were younger will remember the adventures of Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad, and Kenneth Grahame penned the stories as letters to his son while he was living in the town. For those sandy days, Falmouth’s home to four gorgeous beaches, and each one has something slightly different to tempt families. If your clan like to picnic at castles and discover stories of battle, Pendennis Castle remains one of the finest coastal fortresses in the UK, and it makes an exhilarating day out for the whole family.
Falmouth operates a unique Park and Float service to relieve congestion in the town centre, so those of you travelling to and from the outskirts of town can take a ten-minute ferry trip and receive discounts at many attractions as a reward! Several ferry trips operate from Falmouth harbour throughout the summer months, each with slightly different sights and journey times.
Places to visit in Falmouth
One of the best-loved places to visit in Falmouth is the National Maritime Museum. A great place to visit at the beginning of your holiday, this contemporary museum brings the story of the area’s relationship with the sea to life. You’ll find yourself face to face with boats from around the world, and you can often see how they’re made in the boat-making workshop. If you’ve visited before, you’ll know the museum hosts all kinds of exhibitions throughout the year, so there’s always something new to experience.
We mentioned Pendennis Castle, and it’s one of those attractions the kids will love for the stories and mum and dad will love for the views. Owned by English Heritage, the castle was built by Henry VIII and it stands proudly, high on a rocky headland on the south side of the Fal estuary. Climb your way to the top of the castle and you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views out to sea and across Falmouth …the perfect photo opportunity.
A sub-tropical Paradise right in the heart of Cornwall, Trebah Garden is open all year round. Another firm favourite when it comes to places to visit in Falmouth, this beautiful valley garden is home to four miles of footpath, perfect for an amble at any time of year.
Things to do in Falmouth
If there’s one thing to do in Falmouth, it’s got to be taking to the water and experiencing the town from a whole new perspective. You’ll find a boat trip, a water taxi, a ferry or a sea safari to suit your every mood during your Falmouth holiday, so it’s just a question of choosing what you’d like to see. If you fancy learning the ropes yourself, the Falmouth School of Sailing offers a whole selection of sailing courses to get you started.
We love the fact that Falmouth’s always lively, but for those days that are all about escaping somewhere green for peace and quiet, head in the direction of Enys Gardens. You’ll be free to wander 30 acres of gardens and open meadow, and when spring rolls around and a carpet of bluebells appears, it’ll take your breath away.
What’s a holiday on the coast without at least one day on the sand? Swanpool beach is one of our favourites, and you’ll find it on the outskirts of the town. Sand and shingle, this beach has plenty of parking, great food available from the outdoor café, a crazy golf course, kayak hire and all kinds of other activities to keep the kids entertained.
Let’s face it, you’re going to be in your element in Falmouth if you love seafood, and The Wheel House is a great place to start. This friendly restaurant has a loyal following, thanks to its passion for serving up mouth-watering fish and seafood. Expect a warm welcome, good food and a shabby chic décor that puts you at ease.
And then there’s Oliver’s. This one serves up modern British seafood in a relaxing atmosphere, so it’s just right for that laidback meal during your holiday in Falmouth. The owners’ enthusiasm for Cornish produce shines through the menu, so no matter which dish you go for you’ll experience the real taste of the region. You’ll find Oliver’s right on the High Street, so it’s a great choice for that pit stop while you’re exploring the town.
Now this next Falmouth restaurant’s a little unusual, but that makes us like it even more. The Waymarker has a fantastic reputation for its cream teas, so if you’re keen to sample a real cream tea during your time in Cornwall, it might be an idea to head to this yummy little eatery.