Famous for its maritime heritage, Falmouth has great family-friendly beaches and it’s surrounded by tranquil scenery.

This charming little seaside town has stolen the hearts of all of its visitors, even if the area is a bit congested. The main street of Falmouth runs close to the ocean that parts Falmouth from other lands; it’s charming, to say the least.

A Brief History

Though the population of Falmouth is approximately 22,000 today, it wasn’t always as busy as it is now. Falmouth started out as a growing little town in 1613, when a man named Sir John Killigrew started investing in the town’s future. It has been a part of many historical stories; including the life of Henry VIII, who built two forts (Pendennis Castle and St. Mawes Castle) during the years of 1540 to 1545. Falmouth also had a part in the Civil Far of 1642 to 1646, and many other chapters of English history since.

But enough about wars, Falmouth is a thriving place! When the Lighthouse was built in 1853 and the Falmouth Docks Company was founded in 1859, the maritime aspect of Falmouth reared its head, and trading and travelling to and from the town became easier than ever. Sooner than anyone expected, Falmouth was a thriving seaside resort as well as being a busy port.

What to do and where to go

Visit Pendennis Castle, one of the two castle forts built by Henry VIII, which still stands strong and proud. Discover how the castle has evolved since its conception and experience the sights and sounds of battle within its walls.

Head to Gyllyngvase Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Falmouth. With its Blue Flag status and its wide arching coast of golden sands, you’d be a fool to miss out on some excellent photography opportunities. There’s also an awarding winning café which serves delicious food!

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall had to make our list for anyone looking to take a short break in Falmouth. There are over fifteen galleries spread across five magnificent floors: encompassing the very influence that the sea has had on Cornwall; and Falmouth, in particular.

Climb Jacob’s Ladder, 111 granite steps that lead up from Falmouth’s main square. From the top, you can see sweeping views of the harbour. An interesting fact is that the man who built this just wanted a shortcut from his home to where he traded. Well done, Jacob.

Where to stay

For solo or couple travellers, the Camelot Guest House has gained a staggering number of favourable guest reviews. This B&B offers great prices, homely décor, and it’s within walking distance of many necessary amenities. Free breakfast is provided, as is WiFi.

Families, look no further than the Oceanic Hotel. A luxurious hotel that offers stylish apartment rooms, as well as breath-taking views across the bay. From this hotel, everything is right on your doorstep, and you’re just a short walk away from seaside dining, too.

Alternatively, why not look into Trengilly Wartha Country Inn, Merchants Manor, or even the Falmouth Hotel? You won’t be disappointed.