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Falmouth (Cornwall)

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Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

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.

Get in

By train

First Great Western trains run from all over the South of England to Truro, and Virgin trains will bring you there from Scotland, the North and Midlands.

At Truro station, make your way to the Falmouth branch line at platform 1 - the journey takes around 20 minutes and the trains run regularly. Falmouth has three stations:

  • Penmere - This station primarily serves the residential areas of Falmouth and is situated on the surprisingly named Penmere Hill.
  • Falmouth Town - This station is situated on Avenue Road, 5 minutes walk from the town (to the North-East) and 7 minutes walk from Gyllyngvase Beach (to the south).
  • Falmouth Docks As the name suggests, this station is close to Falmouth's economically important Dock, but is also the closest station to Pendennis Castle.

By bus

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 [1], who will provide details of all buses in operation.

By car

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.

By boat

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.

Get around

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.

See

  • Pendennis Castle, +44 1326 316594.
  • National Martime Museum (Cornwall), Discovery Quay, +44 1326 313388, [2].

Do

  • 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.

Buy

  • Trago Mills
  • WHSmith
  • Marks & Spencer
  • 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.

Eat

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...

Drink

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:

  • The Watersports
  • Five Degrees West
  • The Front
  • The Quayside
  • The Chain Locker
  • Rumours Wine Bar
  • The King's Head
  • Mango Tango
  • The Grapes
  • The Watermans
  • Finn M'Couls

Here the road splits. Head up 'The High Street' to find:

  • The Prince of Wales
  • The Star and Garter
  • The Boathouse

Head towards the Moor to find:

  • Nancy's
  • Remedies
  • Wodehouse Arms
  • The Seven Stars
  • The Mason's Arms
  • The Killigrew Arms
  • The Packet Station - JD Wetherspoon's

Outside the main shopping street there are more pubs to be found including:

  • The Oddfellows Arms
  • The Seaview Inn
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • The Four Winds Inn
  • The Red Lion
  • The Ferryboat
  • The Trelowarren Arms

Sleep

As a tourist resort, Falmouth has many hotels and B&Bs. Here are some of the largest:

  • The Falmouth Hotel
  • The Falmouth Beach Hotel
  • St. Michael's Hotel
  • The Greenbank Hotel
  • The Greenlawns Hotel
  • The Park Grove Hotel
  • Arwenack Hotel
  • Hawthorne Dean Hotel
  • Westcott Hotel
  • Lerryn Hotel
  • Hotel Ancapri

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