Falmouth is located on the River Fal, one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Falmouth developed as a port after Henry VIII built Pendennis and St Mawes castles to guard the Fal estuary. Today ships of all types and sizes sail in and out of Falmouth harbour and it is the main port in Cornwall. The beaches of Gyllyngvase and Swanpool are always popular and the town has a vibrant feel with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes, museums and art galleries open all year. Falmouth is also home to Falmouth University and the Cornwall Campus of Exeter University which has boosted the economy and adds to the creative atmosphere.
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Pendennis Castle was built by Henry VIII to guard the Carrick Roads estuary and is one of his finest coastal fortresses. It is owned by English Heritage and a great place to visit, there are often special events throughout the year and you get a 360 degree view over Falmouth.
The National Maritime Museum alongside the harbour in Falmouth is full of the maritime history of Cornwall; this award winning museum is set over 5 floors and a great place to spend some time with so much to see and do.
Gyllyngdune Gardens are beautifully restored Victorian Gardens near the seafront in Falmouth and look out towards Falmouth Bay, they are free to enjoy all year. In the summer months you can picnic whilst listening to local Cornish Brass or Silver bands playing on the beautiful Edwardian bandstand. Princess Pavilions which is situated in the gardens offers a variety of entertainment and events throughout the year.
Take a boat trip along the River Fal or Helford River, the day trips leave from the Prince of Wales Pier in the town. There is also a passenger ferry across to St Mawes on the Roseland peninsula. There are also sea safaris which leave from the marina to look for seals, dolphins, whales and seabirds along the coast.
Water sports such as paddle boarding; kayaking and coasteering are available on the beaches of Swanpool, Gyllyngvase and Maenporth.
Falmouth has a golf course which gives you wonderful views across Falmouth Bay, there is also mini golf at Swanpool Beach and a pitch and putt course for all the family to enjoy.
The mild climate and the sheltered wooded valleys around Falmouth have allowed the creation of the subtropical gardens of Trebah, Glendurgan and Trelissick.
Glendurgan and the tiny village of Durgan on the Helford River, once home to the Fox family is now owned by the National Trust, it is one of the greatest subtropical gardens in the South West with hydrangeas, camellias, rhododendrons and a wonderful maze. Trebah Garden which is next to Glendurgan was also owned by the Fox family, is another subtropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop, a water garden and a sheltered secluded beach. A new amphitheatre hosts live theatre, music and dance events throughout the summer. Trelissick, a National Trust property is situated on the River Fal and commands magnificent views across the estuary, there are 12 hectares of garden to explore as well as woodland and waterside walks. Trelissick House is sometimes open to the public; it has been used as a setting in many Rosamunde Pilcher films.