Mini guide to Falmouth
The port of Falmouth has historically been one of Cornwall's most important
towns, and has benefited greatly from the explosion of tourism that has hit
the region in the past few decades.
The highlight of Falmouth is Pendennis Castle, standing sentinel at the tip
of the promontory separating Carrick Roads from Falmouth Bay. Though less refined
than its sister castle at St Mawes, Pendennis enjoys an unrivalled site, facing
right out to sea on its own pointed peninsula, the stout ramparts offering the
best all-round views of Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay. Swimming is possible
at Swanpool Beach, Gyllyngvase Beach or Maenporth, from where there are some
fine cliff-top walks.
Other historic attractions in the port include the Tudor Killigrews' Arwenack
House and the intriguing granite pyramid standing opposite, built in 1737. Falmouth's
impressive nautical history is depicted at the Maritime Museum. Spectacular
views of the harbour and Carrick Roads are afforded from the Moor, a steep climb
up the 111 steps of Jacob's Ladder.
Most of the town's accommodation is near the train station and beach area,
and you can find some quality places to eat along High Street and Arwenack Street.
For lively nightlife, try one of the numerous bars and cafés on Market
and Church streets, or alternatively have a quiet drink in an atmospheric pub.
Some pleasant hideaways mix with frantic tourist activity around Carrick Roads,
the complex estuary basin surrounding Falmouth. Pendennis Castle's sister fort
lies across the Carrick Roads in St Mawes, the main settlement on the Roseland
peninsula, while Truro is the main transportation hub. Nearby are Cornwall's
most popular tourist havens such as Land's End, Lizard Point, St Ives and Newquay.
For those wishing to truly get away from it all, head to Bodmin Moor, a tract
of wilderness in the heart of Cornwall, or Tintagel, site of what is fondly
known as King Arthur's castle. Near St Austell is the spectacular and high-profile
Eden Project, while across the water from Newquay lie the tranquil Isles of
Selection of hotels in this region:
Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel
St Michael's Hotel
Royal Duchy Hotel
Budock Vean the Hotel on the River
The Greenbank Hotel
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full list of hotels and online booking