The City of Falmouth has a rich maritime history that has flourished since the 18th Century. It is proud to offer family beaches, shops, art galleries, and dining establishments serving delicious local seafoods. Its mild climate encourages exotic plants, and its gardens and parks feel almost sub-tropical.
Pendennis Castle is Cornwall’s greatest fortress. Visitors can experience its 450-year history of battles ranging from King Henry VIII’s time to the Second World War. The visit includes a Tudor gun deck, cells of the World War I guard house, and secret tunnels.
St. Mawes Castle is Henry VIII’s best-preserved, most elaborate coastal fortress. Although it fell to an attack by Parliamentary forces from inland in 1646, it was intended to protect the United Kingdom from French or Spanish invasions.
The Port of Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum Cornwall has wonderful displays about shipwrecks, diving, and man’s activities in the ocean. The museum holds the world’s first submarine and a collection of objects brought back by sailors who traveled the world. Visitors can watch boat restoration projects or enjoy an underwater viewing tidal zone.
The leisure pool at Ships & Castles in the Port of Falmouth is a favorite place for families and other visitors. It has an exciting wave machine and a fast-moving river ride. A small beach and geysers and bubbles for children and a Jacuzzi pool where adults can watch them play.
Visitors will enjoy taking a passenger ferry, from the Port of Falmouth and through Carrick Roads to Truro, St. Mawes, or the Helford where they can admire the beautiful wooded creeks and the quaint villages and hamlets along the way.
Travelers who want to see the Port of Falmouth and Carrick Roads by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.