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Things to do in Falmouth

28th July 2016

Falmouth's maritime museum

If you’ve been to Falmouth before, you will know how magical it is. Falmouth pulls visitors back year after year with it’s stunning coastline, beautiful beaches and buzzing town.

Whether you are a regular visitor to Falmouth or this is your first trip to the area, there will be something on this list of things to do in Falmouth which will make your stay even more special.


Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle Falmouth

This ancient site is always top of the list. A visit to Pendennis Castle is enjoyable for adults and children of all ages.

Take a tour of the castle, visit the First World War exhibition, explore the Discovery Centre and the Castle Keep. Then enjoy a bite to eat in the Castle Cafe and soak up the fantastic views across the Falmouth headland and out to sea.

Visit the Pendennis Castle website.


Falmouth Lifeboat station

An important asset to Falmouth, the Lifeboat Station is open for visitors to discover the history of lifeboats, learn about the volunteers and see a working lifeboat station. 

Since the station opened in 1867, Falmouth’s heroic crews have been presented with 19 awards of gallantry!

Visit the Falmouth Lifeboat Station website


National Maritime Museum Falmouth

Falmouth's maritime museum

A must-see for all visitors to Falmouth. Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum is an award-winning visitor attraction set in fifteen galleries over five floors.

A year-round programme of events includes talks, hands-on activities and lectures. This year visitors can enjoy the Viking Voyagers exhibition.

Find out more at the National Maritime Museum website.


Falmouth’s scenic route

The view from Pendennis Point Falmouth

If you drive into Falmouth, make sure you take a few minutes to enjoy the sweeping ‘scenic route’ from Falmouth town to Gyllingvase.

As you approach Falmouth, continue straight on towards Pendennis Castle and follow signs for the ‘Scenic Route’. Stop at the top or at Pendennis Point to enjoy breathtaking views across Falmouth Harbour and out to sea.


Falmouth Bike Park

For the adventurous visitor, Falmouth bike park has a #fal4x national standard bike track and 4x track designed by elite team GB racer Will Evans.

The track is a true test of a riders ability but has been designed for all level of riders from novice to world champions.

Find out more on the Falmouth Bike Park website.


Walk the SW Coast path

Walking the south west coast path cornwall

The coast path around Falmouth is well worth an explore. Lace up your walking boots, pack some sustenance, grab the kids (and the dog) and see Cornwall from a new angle.

This five mile walk around Pendennis Point takes in three Falmouth beaches and some wonderful views across to the Roseland Peninsula.

Visit the South West Coast Path website for more information.


St Mawes Ferry

St Mawes Ferry from Falmouth

If the weather is fair, take one of Cornwall’s iconic boat trips from Falmouth to St Mawes. The St Mawes Ferry runs all year, seven days a week with a regular service in the summer.

The journey takes 20 minutes – which is just enough time to take in the sights of Pendennis Castle, St Mawes Castle, wave at other sailors and kayakers and hunt for marine life.

View the St Mawes Ferry timetable and prices.


Flicka Foundation – Horse and Donkey Sanctuary

A quick trip to the Flicka Foundation should be on the list for fans of four legged friends.

This charitable organisation takes in horses, donkeys, sheep, pigs and many more to rehabilitate them and give them a happy home. Each animal has a different story and they happily open their doors to visitors all year round.


Princess Pavilion

Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion hosts live music, comedy and events throughout the year. This elegant venue can hold up to 600 people at their free events.

Summer events include brass bands, live jazz evenings and rock n roll evenings.


The Poly Theatre

The Poly Theatre Falmouth

A real gem in Falmouth’s crown, The Poly is a venue full of character and charm. Hosting films, theatre, comedy, music, exhibitions, talks and dance shows, The Poly’s events calendar is jam-packed with entertainment to suit all ages and interests.

View the full events schedule on The Poly website.


Phoenix Cinema

Need something to do when it’s raining in Cornwall? Falmouth’s Phoenix Cinema is located close to Events Square.

Showing all the latest releases and blockbusters, as well as Event Cinema showcases including national ballets, theatre and opera on the big screen.

Visit the Phoenix Cinema website for full listing information.

Read our full blog post on theatre in Cornwall for more ideas including the Minack Theatre and Hall for Cornwall.


Falmouth Gardens

Glendurgan Gardens Cornwall

We have spectacular gardens in abundance in and around Falmouth. Read our full blog post on Gardens in Cornwall to find out about more gardens near Falmouth and further afield.


Falmouth Galleries and museums

Penryn Town Museum

Read our full blog post on Museums and Galleries in Falmouth and Cornwall.


Falmouth Beaches

Holiday apartments close to swanpool beach falmouth cornwall

Corwall is perhaps best known for it’s beaches. View our list of the best beaches in Cornwall and family friendly beaches near Falmouth.


Image credits: Visit Cornwall