Guest Blog: 5 reasons you should visit Falmouth this summer
11 April 2017
Renowned for its natural harbour and rich heritage, the beautiful town of Falmouth offers a fantastic holiday experience for all ages. Natasha from Stay in Cornwall shares some top tips on what to do while your here.
Falmouth provides the perfect base to explore West Cornwall and the surrounding landscapes of the Roseland Peninsula and Fal River. You’ll find plenty of sights to see, popular attractions and stunning scenery to explore, so take a look at the top reasons why Falmouth is the perfect place to spend your summer staycation.
Explore beautiful beaches
You’ll be spoilt for choice for stunning beaches on a stay in Falmouth. The area has three main sandy shorelines offering a beautiful location to soak up the Cornish sunshine. Just a ten-minute walk from the town, Gyllyngvase beach provides a great bucket and spade adventure whilst Swanpool beach just 15 minutes’ walk away is great for water activities and is ideal for families. If you’re looking for a quieter spot a little further out of the town, the secluded beach of Maenporth is just a ten-minute drive away.
Discover Falmouth’s heritage
From the town’s award-winning Maritime Museum to Cornwall’s largest fort Pendennis Castle, Falmouth’s rich history offers a charming insight into local legend and tales of a time gone by. Visit Pendennis Castle and learn of the importance of this Cornish stronghold whilst getting stuck in to the activities in the Discovery Centre, perfect for adults and children alike. The Maritime Museum offers a great experience whatever the weather and this year sees a range of exhibitions including Captain Bligh: Myth, Man, Mutiny and Skeleton: Sculpture inspired by boats.
Wander for miles along the South West Coastal Path
There are lots of trails and routes offering a scenic walk in and around Falmouth including the Town Trail. One of the most popular walkways for seeing the surrounding area is the South West Coastal Path. From Falmouth you can explore a range of locations including nearby Pendennis Point or perhaps hop on the ferry and discover the natural beauty of St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula.
Indulge in a little Cornish culture
Falmouth is known for its creative vibe making it the perfect place to indulge in a little culture on your stay. The Falmouth Art Gallery is an intimate space but offers a vibrant display of work from local and national talent. If you’re looking for entertainment, a visit to ‘The Poly’ is a great way to see a range of shows, comedy and exhibitions and is suitable for all ages and interests.
Enjoy Falmouth Week
The town is home to a variety of events and festivities throughout the year but a prominent fixture in the summer calendar from 4th-13th August is Falmouth Week. This spectacular sailing regatta attracts visitors from far and wide with an impressive display of boats on show. It’s a great family-friendly event with the whole town coming together to celebrate. Enjoy artisan markets, street food, live music and plenty of activities throughout this ten day festival.
Whether you’re looking for an adventurous break or hoping to relax in the tranquillity of this spectacular location, Stay In Cornwall offers accommodation, events, and visitor guides to help you plan your perfect Falmouth summer break.