Situated in Cornwall’s south coast and home to the third-deepest natural harbour in the world is Falmouth. Surrounded by Cornish hills and perfect beaches, and steeped in seafaring culture, Falmouth is a popular holiday destination. The harbour town is home to famous start and finish points for record-breaking voyages, as well as quaint shops, galleries and eateries. Local specialties to try include fresh seafood and Cornish cream teas.
History is relived in King Henry VIII’s Pendennis Castle and the not-to-be-missed National Maritime Museum. Water sports are also common pastimes in Falmouth’s sheltered waters. Popular cruise lines like P&O Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line make trips to this unforgettable harbour town.
Cruise ships dock at County Wharf, which is located in Falmouth Docks. Visitors can walk 10 to 15 minutes to the town centre, or they can take a taxi or complimentary shuttle bus.
Facilities nearby include:
Fal River Visitor Information Centre
How to Get Around
Visitors can walk to a lot of facilities and attractions from Falmouth Docks, and it is only a 10 to 15 minute journey to the town’s centre. Despite this, there are a lot of transport options available, including a complimentary shuttle bus from the Falmouth Docks, taxis, and the Maritime Line. Visitors can enjoy unlimited travel all throughout Cornwall if they purchase a one-day Ride Cornwall ticket.
Travel times from Falmouth Docks:
It is a 15 minute journey to the town centre
It is a 16 minute journey to Pendennis Castle
It is a 15 minute journey to Gyllyngvase Beach
It is a 10 minute journey to the National Maritime Museum
It is a 20 minute journey to the Fal River Visitor Information Centre.
It is a 6 minute journey to Pendennis Castle
It is an 18 minute journey to Glendurgan Garden
It is a 3 minute journey to Gyllyngvase Beach
It is a 3 minute journey to the National Maritime Museum
It is a 9 minute journey to the Fal River Visitor Information Centre.
Currency – The British Pound (£) is the official currency of Falmouth. Coin come in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. Colourful bank notes include £5, £10, £20 and £50.
Time Zone – From March to October, Falmouth observes British Summer Time (BST), which puts it ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) by 1 hour. Outside of these months, Falmouth observes Greenwich Meantime, which is on par with UTC.
Weather – The hottest month in Cornwall is July, with temperatures averaging 16 degrees Celsius. February averages 6 degrees Celsius, making this the coldest month of the year. December is the wettest month, and the sea temperature is most comfortable in August. When wind picks up on the coastline, temperatures can feel cooler, so it’s a great idea to pack a light windbreaker to combat any chill.
Glendurgan Garden – If you love a challenge, Glendurgan Garden is home to one that has puzzled visitors for over 180 years. Located on the shores of Helford estuary, this incredible wooded valley has a great variety of exotic and rare plants, as well as floral carpets during spring. A popular drawcard is the manicured twist and turns of the maze, where visitors can try to navigate through snake-like hedges. For those who get stuck, friends can call out directions from a hilltop vantage point. After escaping the maze, many head down to rest or play at the sheltered beach at the bottom of the valley.
Gyllyngvase beach – A trip to Falmouth isn’t complete without enjoying its incredible sandy beaches. Gyllyngvase Beach in particular is one of Falmouth’s most popular stops. As it's only a 10 minute walk away from the town centre, both visitors and locals flock to sunbathe, swim, paddle board and enjoy great food from the terraced Gylly Beach Café.
Pendennis Castle – Pendennis Castle, located on south side of the Fal estuary, was built by King Henry VIII to protect England from invading forces. Its four-storey tower houses an incredible array of rooms, including guns on two enclosed floors, and a lookout turret on its open roof. Pay a visit to Pendennis Castle’s Discovery Centre to learn more about its history and to enjoy Cornish cream tea.
National Maritime Museum – Housing 15 galleries and five floors of history and city culture is Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum. Take a look at rare antiques and learn about Viking life from 1,000 years ago with interactive exhibits, storytelling and a tour of a full-scale replica of a Viking ship. At the top of the 30-metre observation tower, visitors can take in views of Falmouth’s harbour and surrounds.