The town of Falmouth is the the ideal destination if you’re looking to head off on a Cornwall short break. It’s not only the gateway to the beautiful Fal River which runs through an Area of Natural Beauty, but the town itself is famous for its creative buzz with numerous art galleries and venues showing independent films.

From the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the Helford and Fal Rivers which are perfect for walking and family days out to watersports including gig rowing, kayaking and diving, as well as the fantastic beaches it’s easy to see why Falmouth holidays are so popular. Here’s why you should spend (at least) a weekend in Falmouth!

Home to the world’s third largest deep-water harbour

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Falmouth is home to the world’s third largest natural deep water harbour in the world and the harbour is the deepest in all of Western Europe. This means that huge liners and boats can dock up in Falmouth which makes for great people watching and photo opportunities!

It’s famous for record breaking voyages

Many of the world’s record breaking voyages have started or finished in Falmouth. This includes the journey of Dame Ellen Macarthur who beat the record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe which started and ended in Falmouth. She completed this incredible feat on 7th Feb Feb 2007 having been at sea for 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds.

Falmouth is the gateway to Fal River

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The beautiful Fal River which runs through an Area of Natural Beauty reaches the sea in Falmouth. Take a walk inland along the river and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Falmouth has FOUR world class beaches

Falmouth has not one, not two, but FOUR world class beaches at its doorstep. THat’s Castle Beach, Gyllyngvase beach, Swanpool and Maenporth beaches. They’re all great for watersports and adrenaline junkies so what are you waiting for?

There’s a great creative buzz

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Falmouth is full of art galleries, exhibitions and a tonne of independent shops. That’s in part because of the great university in the town which specialises in creative courses. The award winning Falmouth art gallery is free to enter and is one of the leading galleries in the South West.

There’s even exotic, sub-tropical plants!

Falmouth has an unusually mild climate for a British seaside town. This means that exotic, sub-tropical plants can, and do, thrive here. The Kimberly Park Municipal garden is the best palce to go to to witness this. Sit in amongst the oasis of ornamental trees and flower beds with your lunchtime picnic.

There are gorgeous seaside cottages

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Falmouth, and the nearby area, has some of the most stylish accommodation in Cornwall. With large open plan living rooms, plenty of light, balconies and outdoor pools there’s not much more you could ask for. Plus, many of the cottages near Falmouth are dog friendly so your four-legged friends don’t have to miss out!

Falmouth is a foodie paradise

As you might expect for a seaside town, Falmouth is famous for its fresh fish dishes. The delis in the town are the place to head to for freshly caught fish but there are also regular food festivals, waterside restaurants and traditional pubs to try out.

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Rick Stein has also branched out from Padstow and opened a walk-in seafood restaurant in Falmouth. The restaurant serves his favourite seafood dishes. These include sea bream fillets, moules marinere, grilled lobsters and shucked oysters. He’s also got a takeaway serving the best fish and chips, tiger prawns and fish chilli burgers around.

There are plenty of festivals all year round

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Falmouth is home to a growing number of annual festivals with roots in the town’s maritime heritage. Perhaps the biggest is the Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week in August centred around what is the largest sailing regatta in the South West.

Other festivals celebrate the produce of the sea, the most notable being Falmouth Oyster Festival in October – a 3 day showcase of Cornish seafood. A couple of weeks later is the Beer Festival!

You could also time your visit with the Fish Festival in May, the Sea Shanty festival in June or the festival of maritime music which promote heritage and raises money for the RNLI.