looking down the valley at Trebah Gardens

Places to Visit

Falmouth is situated right in the middle on the south coast of Cornwall and therefore an ideal start point for many excursions. It has one of the world’s finest natural harbours steeped in maritime history, a bustling waterfront, tropical gardens, safe sandy beaches, and spectacular natural beauty.

Historical Pendennis Castle oversees Falmouth Town and offers a fantastic viewpoint. Together with St Mawes Castle on the opposite site of the harbour it defended the harbour  against enemies. The National Maritime Museum in Cornwall is a brother to the one in Greenwich, yet features an enormous collection of local nautical items. Close by you find the garden gems Trebah, Glendurgan and Trelissick Gardens.

Make an excursion by boat: Either to the other side of the river to Flushing by ferry. Or why not enjoy Boat trips to Truro or across the bay to the Helford River, and Frenchman’s Creek

For the more adventurous, have a go at scuba diving, try windsports, learn to sail, hire a motor boat, or even hire a Morgan sports car for a day.
To relax make use of our safe and sandy beaches and watch the comings and goings of large ships and small boats in the harbour, you may even see a cruise liner or a tall ship.

Head off northwards, and visit the amazing Eden Project, or the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan.  And while you’re in the St Austell area, take a look at the lovely little port of Charlestown nearby.  Slightly further north is the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway, and Lanhydrock House (National Trust).

South and West Cornwall

See the rugged beauty of the Lizard peninsula, and wonder at the large satellite station at Goonhilly. On the way, you’ll pass the huge naval airbase at R.N.A.S. Culdrose. There are lots of little fishing villages and coves to explore down here. We particularly like Church Cove and Dollar Cove, down a little lane opposite R.N.A.S. Culdrose towards Gunwalloe. There’s also an excellent food pub down there called the Halzephron Inn, recommended for a nice lunch!  Further down, near St Keverne, you can visit Roskilly’s organic farm, where they make ice cream to die for!

Go west, and experience the majesty of St Michael’s Mount, and call into the quaint fishing village of Mousehole. Or take a legendary day out at Land’s End, and perhaps experience an unforgettable performance at the cliffside Minack theatre nearby. Or visit the fascinating secret tunnels of Porthcurno telegraph museum, where Britain’s communications with the World came ashore.
Further to the west, there’s picturesque St Ives, and the Tate Gallery.

If you like wildlife with a difference, visit Europe’s leading marine animal rescue centre at the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, and for an unforgettable experience, take a day trip to the magical Isles of Scilly.

And there’s much, much more…

Have a look at the web site of Cornwall Association of Attractions (CATA.),
and the directory of Cornwall’s gardens.

And all within about an hours drive!

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