Voted the best place to live in the south west by The Sunday Times, Falmouth has been shaped and influenced by its strong connection to the sea. A fascinating maritime heritage sits comfortably alongside the creative, building a name for itself as Cornwall’s ultimate cultural and festival destination.
The town’s rich history abounds with tales of heroic maritime exploits and endeavours (from the days of the packet ships to more recent around-the-world challenges), while its creative heritage boasts names such as Picasso, Henry Tuke and Man Ray. Today, as well as being a beautiful visitor destination, Falmouth is at the forefront of the region’s artistic and marine excellence.
From international sailing regattas and foodie festivals to art exhibitions and singing sensations – Falmouth promises a whole host of events throughout the year. It has the world’s third largest natural deep-water harbour and is the country’s first and last port. Framed by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) along the Helford and Fal Rivers and Roseland Peninsula, the town is located on the South West Coast Path and is a magnet for walkers, picnickers and families alike.
Discover our top things to do in Falmouth below, or explore our blog page for our favourite diary dates in Cornwall each month.
(If you’re travelling to us by train, boat or bus, and require a guided tour of Cornwall, we thoroughly recommend Keith’s Cornish Tours. Keith runs personalised day tours around the county for up to seven people, including Poldark tours and trips to inidividual towns and villages.)
Discover the magic of this Cornish garden, with over four miles of footpath. Get lost in exotic blooms and follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to its very own secluded beach on the Helford River.Get lost at Trebah
Award-winning Falmouth Art Gallery is one of the leading art galleries in the South West. With changing displays of the best of British art and a shop with affordable gifts from many of the county's leading ceramicists, printmakers and jewellers.Become inspired
With over 300 acres and Trelissick House, explore the intriguing past and stunning vistas. Quite literally at the water's edge, you can catch the ferry from Truro, Falmouth or the Roseland to land at this waterside wonderland.Immerse yourself
This imposing castle has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. 450 years can now be traced from its origins as one of Henry VIII's coastal strongholds. Guests can enjoy 10% discount on Pendennis Castle ticket entry.Explore the fortress
Get lost in the historic maze and stroll through the peaceful valley to the village of Durgan and its very own beach. Explore the outstanding displays of magnolias and camellias where guests can receive 20% discount on Glendurgan tickets.Adventure to Glendurgan
Among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, St Mawes Castle is the most elaborately decorated of them all. Greenbank guests can enjoy 10% discount on St Mawes Castle ticket entry.Get historic at St Mawes
Celebrating the sea, boats and Cornwall, this multi award-winning museum has 15 galleries beautifully illustrating the past, and a spectacular lookout tower. Exhibitions change frequently and there are plenty of fun activities for kids.Become a shipmate
Famed for its military history for centuries, there are big guns, batteries and fortifications to discover at St Anthony Head. With level paths from the car park to the headland, there's easy exploring for everyone.Explore the history
The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society (known affectionately as The Poly) has been encouraging innovation and culture for over 175 years. An old but much loved space steeped in history and character and ideal for theatre shows, films, lectures.Embrace the Cornish Culture