St Mawes Ferry
This magical route connects the old world fishing harbour of St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula with the bustling maritime port of Falmouth steeped in history and heritage.
One of Cornwall’s most popular boat trips, it carries over 162,000 passengers a year on the 2.8 mile route and is an absolute must for anyone visiting Cornwall.
The ferry provides a year round service to passengers with up to three ferries an hour in the summer and an hourly service in the winter months. Anytime of year is perfect to visit, whether enjoying a relaxing cruise on hot summer days or soaking in the serene surroundings in winter.
The fleet is made up of four classic wooden ferries which provide the service to both visitors and locals alike 364 days a year, saving a road journey of over 29 miles.
Passing the impressive castles of St Mawes and Pendennis, the ferry route takes you on a journey across the Carrick Roads where time stands still. As well as the castles, you see many large ships, the working docks of Falmouth, Black Rock (a local isolated shipping hazard) and, if you’re lucky, some of the dolphins, seals and basking sharks that regularly visit the harbour.
There is an abundance of great things to see and do on both sides of the crossing as well as the breathtaking views on board.
St Mawes has recently been voted one of UK’s ‘hippest’ places and when you visit, it’s easy to see why. The stunning scenery, luxury hotels and elegant restaurants centered around the old world harbour along with the quaint cottages and characterful pubs means St Mawes is a must to explore. If you venture a bit further, you’ll find yourself in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; The Roseland.
The Duchess of Cornwall, our newest ferry, was handcrafted by local boat builders Cockwells in 2008 and is the first ferry to be constructed in traditional wood for over a generation. Capacity is never a problem as each ferry can carry up to 100 passengers and covered seating is provided in case we get some of that ‘Cornish Liquid Sunshine’.
Since 1827 the ferry running between St Mawes and Falmouth has seen a multitude of vessels operating on this well established route. Since its inception, over 50 million passengers have made this historic passage.
This magical route connects the old world fishing harbour of St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula with the bustling maritime port of Falmouth