Falmouth (England)

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Falmouth is a seaside town in south Cornwall. Famous for its beaches, it is home to the world's third largest natural harbour. The four main beaches in Falmouth are Gyllyngvase, Castle, Swanpool, and Maenporth. It is also known for its castles, Pendennis and St.Mawes, both built by Henry VIII as he fortified the south of England.

Get in

By train

First Great Western trains run from all over the South of England to Truro, and CrossCountry trains will bring you there from Scotland, the North and Midlands.

At Truro station, make your way to the Falmouth branch line at platform 1 - the journey takes around 20 minutes and the trains run regularly. Falmouth has three stations:

By bus

First Devon and Cornwall operate most bus services into the town, with half hourly services from Cornwall's capital Truro. Half hourly services also operate from Camborne (Cornwall's traditional mining centre). Other destinations are also served. While buses in Cornwall are usually reliable, lapses do occur and travellers used to using buses in large cities may be disappointed at the prospect of long waits. For timetable information, visitors are advised to telephone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit , who will provide details of all buses in operation.

By car

Most travellers into Cornwall will come down the M5 and change onto the A30 at Exeter. To get to Falmouth, travellers must turn off the A30 on to the A39 at Fraddon, signposted as Truro. The A39 should be followed all the way through Truro until Falmouth is reached.

By boat

It is possible to enter Falmouth by boat from Malpas near Truro, St.Mawes across the Fal river and Flushing across the Penryn river. Falmouth has also become the starting Ferry port for some Mediterranean and Baltic Cruises.

Get around

Be warned: Falmouth is extremely hilly in places, and some roads (Killigrew Street, Trelawney Road) will have you cursing town surveyors. Fortunately, most of the attractions are between The Moor and Falmouth Docks, which is relatively flat. The town is generally cycle-friendly.

Falmouth is also on the South West Coast Path, which makes for some excellent walks.





Harbour View Cafe- Views across the harbour from this small cafe. Most of the seating is outside covered with large umbrellas and heaters. The food is locally sourced, with a large array of seafoods fresh from Cornwall.

Five Degrees West - Award winning food, gargantuan burger meals and a sleek modern interior to boot.

The Quayside - Some legendary lunches.

The Harbout Lights - Fish & Chips that taste like home.

Kessell's Kitchen - On "The Moor" great sandwich shop.

The Packet Station - Wetherspoon's through and through.

WC Rowe - Get Cornish and have a REAL Pasty, or act like an Emmet and wolf down a Freshly Cut Sandwich.

Pizza Express - Does exactly what it says on the tin.

Willy Dynamites - Best burgers in town!


Falmouth has a special place in every hardy drinkers heart. It's main shopping street runs in a straight line and has a pub every 50 metres on average: with more than 15 bars within a square mile, the town is designed for pub-crawling. Beginning at the Maritime Museum, bars include:

Here the road splits. Head up 'The High Street' to find:

Head towards the Moor to find:

Outside the main shopping street there are more pubs to be found including:


As a tourist resort, Falmouth has many hotels and B&Bs. Here are some of the largest:

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