Falmouth is a buzzing vibrant place to visit and stay. Its maritime heritage ensures a relaxed atmosphere with boats drifting by and ships in the docks. Shops, boutiques and cafes line the cobbled high street. A few minutes' walk from the sea, there are many palm tree lined gardens and parks to enjoy. Whether it's eating the best fish and chips overlooking the sea, sailing the ocean waves, meandering up the estuary or soaking up the sun on the beach, Falmouth has it all.
The National Maritime Museum
Falmouth's newest attraction is home to the National Small Boat Collection.
Fox Rosehill Gardens
The garden in Melvill Road was given to the public by the Fox Family, great plant collectors, who introduced many exotic plants from Australia, New Zealand and South America. The family also created gardens at Glendurgan, Penjerrick and Trebah.
From Prince of Wales Pier and Custom House Quay you can catch a boat to Truro, St Mawes or Flushing, take a trip along the Helford River or venture to the Smugglers Cottage. You can even take a tour around Falmouth Harbour, the 3rd largest natural harbour in the world.
Built by Henry VIII in 1545, the Castle was one of the country's main defences in the wars against Spain and France. Along with St Mawes, Pendennis provided a strong defence at the mouth of the harbour.
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Within easy reach of Falmouth...
Cornwall has become a fantastic destination to explore and The Lerryn in Falmouth provides an excellent base.
Just a few suggestions:
The Eden Project
More than just a green theme park, Eden is about connecting plants, people and places. It is a living demonstration of regeneration and aims to reconnect people with their environments locally and globally; a real sign of what can be achieved with ambition and determination!
This sub-tropical paradise is home to a unique collection of rare and exotic plants, trees and shrubs winding down to a private and secluded beach on the Helford River.
Visit this tranquil, tiered garden that is home to the National Collection of photinias, commanding panoramic views down to Falmouth and the open sea.
Falmouth Arts Centre and The Hall for Cornwall
For arts, music, dance and theatre then these are the best places to go. With a mixture of local and national events, please see reception for more details.
The Tate Gallery, St Ives
The stunning gallery celebrates the long and successful history of the Cornish artists' colony which had a huge impact on the development of art in the second half of the 20th century.