Falmouth is a seaside town in south Cornwall. Famous for its beaches, it is home to the world's third largest natural harbour. The four main beaches in Falmouth are Gyllyngvase, Castle, Swanpool, and Maenporth. It is also known for its castles, Pendennis and St.Mawes, both built by Henry VIII as he fortified the south of England.
First Devon and Cornwall operate most bus services into the town, with half hourly services from Cornwall's capital Truro. Half hourly services also operate from Camborne (Cornwall's traditional mining centre). Other destinations are also served.
While buses in Cornwall are usually reliable, lapses do occur and travellers used to using buses in large cities may be dissapointed at the prospect of long waits.
For timetable information, visitors are advised to telephone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit , who will provide details of all buses in operation.
Most travellers into Cornwall will come down the M5 and change onto the A30 at Exeter. To get to Falmouth, travellers must turn off the A30 on to the A39 at Fraddon, signposted as Truro. The A39 should be followed all the way through Truro until Falmouth is reached.
It is possible to enter Falmouth by boat from Malpas near Truro, St.Mawes across the Fal river and Flushing across the Penryn river. Falmouth has also become the starting Ferry port for some Mediterranean and Baltic Cruises.
Be warned: Falmouth is extremely hilly in places, and some roads (Killigrew Street, Trelawney Road) will have you cursing town surveyors. Fortunately, most of the attractions are between The Moor and Falmouth Docks, which is relatively flat. The town is generally cycle-friendly.
Falmouth is also on the South West Coast Path, which makes for some excellent walks.
Boat trips - Regular services take you across the river Fal to surrounding villages and also in the direction of the city of Truro and west towards Helford.
Ships & Castles - A swimming-pool, gym and small café contained within a modern building with a beautiful glass façade facing towards Falmouth town and the Docks.
Ocean Bowl - A Ten-pin bowling alley located next to Falmouth station. Having Eleven lanes, a bar, restaurant and amusements, it has the potential to be great fun for family and friends. The prices can be steep, go during the day.
Jacob's Ladder - You've not properly visited Falmouth until you've gone up (or down) Jacob's Ladder, a stairway that literally takes your breath away. Fortunately, there is a pub near the top, and it's well-lit at night. If you take a left after the pub you get some brilliant views over the estuary.
Visit a beach - Falmouth has two beaches; Gyllyngvase Beach, which has an excellent cafe (try the hot chocolate); and Swanpool Beach, a 20 minute walk from the former. Swanpool also has a cafe that does very good ice creams.
There are a good range of shops for surfers in Falmouth: these can be found around Market Street. If it's Cornish merchandise ye be wantin', have a look round Church Street, which also has an excellent bookshop.
Harbour View Cafe- Views across the harbour from this small cafe. Most of the seating is outside covered with large umbrellas and heaters. The food is locally sourced, with a large array of seafoods fresh from Cornwall.
Five Degrees West - Award winning food, gargantuan burger meals and a sleek modern interior to boot.
The Quayside - Some legendary lunches.
The Harbout Lights - Fish & Chips that taste like home.
Kessell's Kitchen - On "The Moor" great sandwich shop.
The Packet Station - Wetherspoon's through and through.
WC Rowe - Get Cornish and have a REAL Pasty, or act like an Emmet and wolf down a Freshly Cut Sandwich.
Pizza Express - Does exactly what it says on the tin.
Willy Dynamites - best burgers in town!
Burger King - Erm...
The Wodehouse Arms - Great Homemade food at Great prices!
Falmouth has a special place in every hardy drinkers heart. It's main shopping street runs in a straight line and has a pub every 50 metres on average: with more than 15 bars within a square mile, the town is designed for pub-crawling. Beginning at the Maritime Museum, bars include:
Five Degrees West
The Chain Locker
Rumours Wine Bar
The King's Head
Beerwolf Books (up an alley beside Santander bank is an excellent pub with a bookshop in it - or a bookshop with a pub built around it depending on how you look at it)
Here the road splits. Head towards the Moor at the Center of the Town to find:
Wodehouse Arms - Great little bar with Poker on a Monday and Karaoke on Saturdays, good food served 11am - 3pm daily and 6pm to 9pm Evenings Monday to Friday
The Seven Stars
The Mason's Arms
The Packet Station JD Wetherspoons
Head up 'The High Street' to find:
The Prince of Wales
The Star and Garter
Outside the main shopping street there are more pubs to be found including: