Falmouth Local Area and Attractions

The local area of Falmouth is perfectly located for exploring the beautiful Cornish coast. There are many local area attractions, world class beaches and outdoor activities available including boat trips along the coast, watersports, coasteering, fishing and walking.

Explore one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses, Pendennis Castle, which has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Discover how the castle has evolved, and experience the sights and sounds of battle. Visit our fascinating exhibition, ‘Fortress Falmouth and the First World War’, which examines the role the castle played during WWI. Situated next to The Falmouth Hotel perched on the headland with stunning views across Falmouth.

Gyllyngvase Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Cornwall, a Blue Flag status beach, with its wide arc of golden sand and inviting sea. Great amenities, with award-winning cafe, yet still only a 15 minute walk away from Falmouth town centre.

From gentle beachside strolls to longer creekside and cliff walks, walkers of all ages and abilities will find something to suit in Falmouth.
There are a plethora of trails covering coastal paths, bridleways, quiet lanes as well as the South West Coast Path, which runs right through Falmouth.

WeSUP provides world class Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) experiences. They include super fun beginner lessons, beautiful guided coastal tours and SUP equipment rental. SUP has become the most popular water sport in the country but no one does it quite like WeSUP and there is nowhere quite like Gylly Beach to give it a go. It’s a simple but exhilarating and adventurous way to explore our mesmerising stretch of Cornish coastline. You will enjoy a totally unique perspective of Falmouth Bay as you effectively stand on water and glide around our crystal clear waters whilst creating special memories that will last a lifetime.

Falmouth Hotel Guests also enjoy 10% off

Falmouth Week has grown into one of the most prominent sailing regattas in the South West, with yachts from many classes racing over eight days along with a lively programme of shoreside events. Six days of match racing for keelboats, traditional craft and dinghies in the waters off Falmouth Bay, the Carrick Roads and the harbour. Wednesday is Champagne Day, a race for the big yachts with a 25 mile coastal course finishing in the inner harbour, whilst smaller boats race in the Carrick Roads.

On the shore there are activities to keep everyone entertained from the fantastic themed party nights, to carnivals and daredevil stunt shows. In Events Square there are daytime events such as Science In The Square by the University of Exeter, while in the evening you’ll find a great line up of internationally renowned music acts.


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There are so many attractions to see and do in and around Falmouth.  Every year the town plays host to an annual sailing regatta, sea shanty weekend, the Fal Oyster Festival and the Fal Festival Week which involves family activities across all ages and activities.