A Weekend Escape to Falmouth

Enjoy a refreshing getaway to this bustling Cornish gem

Home to one of the world’s biggest natural harbours, Falmouth is a place that’s been shaped by the sea. There’s a colourful, vibrant pulse to life in this town that’s widely regarded as one of Cornwall’s must-visit destinations.

Thinking of a getaway? Take a look at our recommendations for things to do and where to eat and stay, all rated by the AA and/or VisitEngland.

Things to do in Falmouth

Modern Falmouth still belongs to the waterfront that created it – smuggling is key to the town’s history while, today, shipbuilding and yachting are big contributors to the local economy. The excellent National Maritime Museum stands proud on the aptly named Discovery Quay and is well worth a visit to immerse yourself in Cornwall’s seafaring history. Its interactive exhibits also make a great family-friendly day out.

Simply walking around the town’s winding, linking streets is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. From the broad, central area known as The Moor, you’ll find the famed 111 steep steps of Jacob’s Ladder. Built by a local businessman in the 19th century, climb to the top will to be rewarded with some of Falmouth’s best views.

You’ll also spot a number of characterful ‘opes’ on your Falmouth wanderings; these narrow passageways between the town’s buildings were used to give easy access to the sea. Walk down your pick of them to end up at the town quays, where you can sample the food stalls, listen to the buskers and watch the world go by.

No Falmouth visit would be complete without a trip to the beach. Being both on the south coast and fairly sheltered, the town’s beaches are world-class (as long as you’re not a surfer). Gyllyngvase Beach has one of the country’s best beach cafes, and is sandy and safe for swimming.

To further explore the coastline, enjoy a stroll around Pendennis Head where you’ll spot everything from yachts and fishing boats to huge tankers and liners. The mighty fortress of Pendennis Castle has defended Cornwall from here since the Tudor times. Explore inside to discover the castle’s varied history before refuelling with a cream tea on the terrace overlooking the sea.

Recommended things to do in Falmouth

Falmouth Art Gallery

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Pendennis Castle

Walking around Falmouth

Places to stay in Falmouth

From self-catering with a sea view to beachside B&Bs and luxury hotels on the water’s edge: Falmouth has lots of choice for those seeking a scenic stay.

Top-rated recommendations

Harbour's Reach

The Greenbank Hotel

Highcliffe

Merchants Manor

St Michaels Resort

The Penthouse

Where to eat in Falmouth

Falmouth is fast becoming a key destination on Cornwall’s map of culinary hotspots – enjoy compelling contemporary cooking, creative regional cuisine and more on your visit.

Discover Falmouth’s AA-Rosette restaurants

Brasserie on the Bay

Falmouth Hotel

Merchants Manor

Penmorvah Manor

The Greenbank Hotel

The Restaurant – The Royal Duchy Hotel

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