Located South East of Cornwall, you will find the world’s third largest deep water natural harbour, Falmouth. Surrounded by unspoilt and dramatic natural scenery, Falmouth is Britain’s most diverse port of call. Shaped and influenced by its strong connection to the sea, Falmouth has a wealth of fascinating maritime heritage and has built a name for itself as the South West’s cultural and festival destination.
The harbour front is the home of the National Maritime Museum, with its excellent exhibits of maritime history throughout the years. The showcase pieces are ever changing to continuously refresh the museum and bring people back for more. The attraction is extremely good value for money, especially for families. Further afield, discover the nearby sights of the Pendennis and St Mawes castles, that are steeped in Falmouth’s history and were both built by Henry VIII.
The Falmouth Oyster is world renowned and rightly so, with a Falmouth Oyster Festival taking place October every year, celebrating the start of Oyster season. One thing that is for sure, you can’t leave this port of call without tasting the local cuisine. There are plenty of waterfront cafes and restaurants that fringe the coast, so take your pick and enjoy the views.
Want to feel the sand between your toes, and breathe in the fresh sea air? There are four golden beaches for you to choose from; Castle Beach is best for rock pooling, Gyllyngvase Beach is known for its clean waters and sandy beach, whilst Swanpool and Maenporth beaches offer the best of water sports.
Falmouth is a walker’s paradise, with a myriad of creek-side paths, cliffs and beaches for you to take a leisurely stroll along. It’s also home to some fantastic cycling routes, so hire a bike and don’t miss the opportunity to explore all of the beauty it has to offer in style.
Take a visit to the Eden Project, and feel like you’ve entered the Mediterranean or the Rainforest of Southeast Asia, the Tropical Islands and West Africa. Spend hours getting lost in this fascinating rainforest experience, marvelling at the exotic plants and the astounding architectural design. The Eden Project overlooks the glorious St Austell Bay so when you leave, be sure to enjoy the enthralling views.
Perhaps a visit to St Michael’s Mount will be on your agenda? This amazing location also leads into the wondrous area of Lands’ End. Take a photograph, aka a ‘selfie’, under the most famous sign England has to offer, with the next destination going west and an amazing 3,147 miles in the distance. Perfect for weekend getaways and family holiday cruising, Falmouth is full of beaches, castles, museums, galleries, parks, boat trips and more. Plus there is delicious Cornish ice cream for all to enjoy! It’s not hard to see why Falmouth continues to rise in popularity for cruise itineraries.