Falmouth has always played an important role in English history, as proven by the many other towns called Falmouth all over the world ( from Canada to Jamaica, every country seems to have at least one!). Henry VIII built Pendennis and St Mawes Castle near the village to defend the Cornish coast, and later it would become one of the main harbours for deliveries to and from the New World. The village itself offers a wide range of shops and cafés as well as excellent transport links, for example the ferry to St Mawes, where you can visit the exceptional castle that was built in the 16th century.
Swanpool Beach is just one of the many spectacular beaches near Falmouth that is great for a relaxed afternoon all year round.
For its size ‐ the town has a little over 21,000 inhabitants ‐ Falmouth also boasts a vibrant cultural live with various venues for performing arts.
Culture & Attractions in Falmouth
One of the architectural highlights of Falmouth town is the Church of King Charles the Martyr, which features original mediaeval Cornish windows. If you feel up for a challenge, climbing up the 111 steps of Jacob's Ladder will reward you with a great view over the town.
Falmouth Art Gallery is a small art gallery with quality content and displays a variety of new and classical art, not only from local artists.
Much bigger is the new Falmouth Arts Centre, which in addition to its stage houses several cinema screens as well as three exhibition areas with works from local artists. The Arts Centre hosts a variety of events, from classical music and theatre to Cornish folk music and the cinema plays blockbusters as well as art house films and black and white classics.
Must-do highlights in Falmouth
Have you always wanted to see whales and dolphins up close, but don't want to fly to the other end of the world for it? With Orca Sea Safaris, you can join a boat tour to discover the wildlife of the Cornish coast and observe dolphins, seals and various sea birds, and if you're lucky, even whales!
Another highlight is the National Maritime Museum, where you can spend a few entertaining hours learning about the local maritime history and many interactive activities for kids and boat enthusiasts. Not interested in boats at all? You should still go, as the there's a lift that takes you up to the bottom of the building with stunning views over the harbour, as well as far down under the sea!
Pendennis Castle looks back to a history of over 450 years, from its beginning as Henry VIII's coastal stronghold to a secret base in WWII. Today, the Castle features a Discovery Centre that offers many hands-on experiments so you can really delve into the history of the place. The Barrack Block displays and museum inform about the role of the castle in various wars.
For a less martial experience, head to Trebah Garden. This subtropical garden just outside Falmouth features a large collection of rare and exotic plants from all over the world which feel right at home in the mild Cornish climate. The thousands of birds and butterflies inhabiting the garden will agree that it's a real paradise!
Food & Drink in Falmouth
Known for the best prawns in the area, The Wheelhouse is a hit with both locals and tourists alike. Even though the restaurant is tucked away in a a little side street, make sure to book ahead of time as it's packed every night!
Oliver's doesn't only serve local dishes, but also specialises in a variety of less-known European specialities. Of course, fresh fish and Cornish steaks aren't missing, either!
Accommodation in Falmouth
Many fabulous holiday apartments and cottages in and around Falmouth will make you feel right at home.
For a big family trip, consider staying at Maritime View, a three-storey house with space for up to 8 guests and is located just a few minutes from the beautiful white Gyllyngvase Beach.
If you're travelling with an even bigger group, Nightingale House offers plenty of space for everybody. Although it's located right in the town centre, there's a large private garden where you can enjoy the sun and have BBQs.
So that's our round up of things to do on a weekend in Falmouth. Have you ever been there? What would you recommend doing if someone went there for the weekend? Please share you experience with us…