Falmouth is a popular tourist destination with spectaclar views and scenery centred around the Carrick Roads waterways. With its Georgian Town Houses lining the hills around the harbour there are many characterful streets to explore on foot whilst enjoying the panoramic views.
Falmouth, as we know it today, was founded in 1613 by John Killigrew, whose legacy lives on in the name of one of the town’s main streets.
One historical landmark of note is Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII in 1540, to defend Falmouth port. The castle, now in the care of English heritage, is a popular tourist attraction which sits upon Pendennis Point at the entrance to the River Fal.
The town of Falmouth is most well known for its harbour, which is the third deepest natural harbour in the world, and the deepest in Western Europe. These waterways provide much of the industry and entertainment in the area, the ship yards are internationally renouned and are central for the marine industry in the area. For leisure you will see many cruisers, yachts, dingys and the popular gig rowing boats making their way around the harbour.
Festivals, Events and Local Culture
Falmouth has a rich tradition of hosting a year-round programme of events, from sailing regattas to food and drink festivals. Recent examples of this include the annual Falmouth Oyster Festival and beer festivals which people travel from all over the country to attend.
In 2009, Falmouth played host to the famous Tall Ships which visited Falmouth harbour for the first time in its history, bringing in waves of tourists from all over the world.
Food and Drink
Falmouth has also earned its place on the culinary map with many restaurants, cafes and pubs. From elegant fine dining to relaxed beach cafes and riverside pubs – Falmouth has it all. You will be able to sample the freshest local seasonal ingredients, including locally caught fish and seafood. One exciting recent edition to Falmouth’s array of restaurants comes in the form of TV chef Rick Stein’s fish and chip restaurant and takeaway which opened in 2010 and can be found at Discovery Quay in Falmouth.