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The town of Falmouth is 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. If you’re wondering what to do in Falmouth, UK then wonder no more! There are so many things to do in Falmouth! There are the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the Helford and Fal Rivers which are perfect for walking and family days out. Then there are 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 visit Falmouth!
About Falmouth and where is Falmouth in Cornwall?
Falmouth is a town on the coast of Cornwall in southwest England. It’s known for its deep natural harbour on the Fal Estuary which is the deepest in Europe and one of the deepest in the world. It’s also well-known for its beaches like Swanpool and Gyllyngvase.
How to get to Falmouth
If you plan on taking public transport, you’ll be pleased to know that Falmouth is well connected to the rest of the UK.
Nearest airports to Falmouth, UK
The closest international airports to Falmouth are; Newquay (30 miles), Exeter International Airport (106 miles, Bristol (166 miles) and Bournemouth (184 miles).
I’d recommend booking your flights through Skyscanner as they make it super easy to compare flight deals.
Getting to Falmouth by train
Falmouth is well served by trains with journeys from most cities in the UK requiring a change at either Exter or Truro Stations. You can compare prices and see train timetables from wherever you live in theUK to Falmouth with Omio.
Getting the bus to Falmouth
The journey from London to Falmouth by bus takes a long time (9.5 hours) but a return ticket only costs about £30! The buses go direct between London’s Victoria Coach Station and Falmouth.
Add these awesome Falmouth things to do to your list of what to do in Falmouth! There’s always something going on in Falmouth!
Visit the world’s 3rd largest deep-water harbour
One of the top attractions in Falmouth has to be its harbour. Not only is it the world’s third largest natural deep-water harbour but it’s also 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!
Learn about the record-breaking voyages in Falmouth
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.
Discover the Fal River
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.
Spend a day (or more) at one of the 4 world-class beaches in Falmouth
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?
Enjoy the creative buzz in Falmouth
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.
Drink great coffee in Falmouth
Falmouth has a lot of coffee shops. The cafes in Falmouth are dominated by Espressini which has two branches in Falmouth but there are many other great places to get your morning cup too. Jam Records is effortlessly cool with leather sofas and a selection of new and used vinyl. It sums up Falmouth with its interior alone!
Discover Falmouth’s 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 place to go to witness this. Sit in amongst the oasis of ornamental trees and flower beds with your lunchtime picnic.
Stay in a cute seaside cottage
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!
Eat, eat and eat some more at the best places to eat in Falmouth
As you might expect for a seaside town, Falmouth is famous for its fresh fish dishes and you’re going to want to do lots of eating out in Falmouth’s restaurants. 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.
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 marinère, grilled lobsters and shucked oysters. He’s also got a takeaway serving the best fish and chips, tiger prawns and fish chilli burgers around.
Drink some local beers at Falmouth’s best bars
Two of the best bars in Falmouth are in Old Brewery Yard. HAND bar and bottle shop have over 200 craft beers and on warm evenings you can drink out in the yard. There’s also The Chintz which is a small, Alice in Wonderland-themed bar selling wine, cheese and charcuterie. They also have live music regularly including blues, funk, spoken word and jazz.
Another great way to see Falmouth is from the sea! The sheltered waters in Falmouth make it perfect for exploring on a paddleboard as you won’t get thrown off by waves! The company WeSUP on Gylly beach organise tours, safaris of local shipwrecks, and sunset and night paddles which is one of the top Falmouth activities.
Enjoy a Falmouth festival
Some of the best Falmouth events are the festivals. 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.
Spot seals & dolphins in Falmouth
There aren’t many places in England where you can find a place to spot seals and dolphins without being on the water. Pendennis Point in Falmouth is the best place to go to spot wildlife and, on a clear day, you can see the Manacles rocks on Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula. This area is where Henry VIII’s iconic fort, Pendennis Castle is located. You can also do a great walk here by starting at the Pendennis Point car park and heading out on the South West Coast Path. The walk takes you to 3 of the beaches near Falmouth: Gyllingvase, Swanpool and Maenporth.
Did you know that there’s such a thing as a protected view in London? The law protects certain views of important sights or historic buildings, and you can’t construct tall buildings in the sight line of places like St. Paul’s Cathedral. That means there are plenty of places where you can get beautiful views of London’s skyline. You don’t always have to climb up a load of stairs or take a lift 30 floors up to see the city. Sometimes all you need to do is head to a park, and you’ll get a view of the London Eye, Big Ben and St. Paul’s.
Even if you’re a London local, there are bound to be some London viewpoints that you haven’t seen before. If you’re just visiting, book a hotel south of the Thames to make the most of this list, and start exploring London.
Best views of London
Looking to get a view of London scenery? Take a look at these top spots in London for fantastic views. Most of them offer free views of London which is great if you’re travelling to London on a budget.
The Horniman Museum is in Forest Hill just south of Brixton. It’s been open since 1901, and it’s free to enter. The museum itself is an homage to taxidermy and interesting artefacts from old explorers’ travels, but the gardens boast the gorgeous view.
With 16 acres to explore, the gardens at the Horniman are huge. From the very top of the gardens, you’ll find you’re in the perfect place look down over London and its skyline.
It’s a great London skyline view, and it’s available for free!
One New Year’s Eve we headed out to Brockwell Park in Herne Hill to watch the fireworks, and it was the best decision ever. Not only did we not have to pay, but we had the entire park to ourselves. From there, we could see the fireworks going off in all directions and had a great view of the London skyline at night.
At the top of the hill in Brockwell Park, you can see the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, so you can see why it was great for spotting the fireworks.
An old favourite for North Londoners, Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath is one place that has benefited from the protected view rule so you can get a great London city view. It’s a surprisingly steep walk from Kentish Town to the top of the hill, but it’s well worth it.
From the top, you’ll see a London panorama with nothing in the way of your view. Even the trees are deliberately kept low so they don’t obstruct your view making it one of the most amazing places in London.
Primrose Hill is just north of Regent’s Park (where London Zoo is). It’s a very popular place to get some of the best views in London at night. It’s also extremely popular on New Year’s Eve as a place to watch the fireworks from.
Primrose Hill London views are free and pretty much panoramic too!
The Sky Garden
The Shard might be taller, but that doesn’t mean the view is much better there than it is at the Sky Garden.
The Sky Garden offers what’s probably one of the best free views in London (but make sure you reserve in advance). From here you can gaze down on St. Paul’s, look out over to the Shard, and spot people on the London Eye and Tower Bridge.
This is one of the best views of London and it’s all for free! The London night view from here is something pretty special too.
If you’re going to enjoy the view from The Shard in London you may as well book a table at one of the best restaurants in London with a view. Sure they can be expensive but it’s a bit cheaper if you opt for brunch or breakfast with a view of London rather than dinner with a view.
London is a city of amazing contrast and changing character. Walk just two steps left or three steps right and you can find yourself in a totally different neighbourhood with a completely different vibe. We’ll take you through some of the coolest neighbourhoods to visit in the capital. From crazy nightlife in Soho, to bustling markets in Camden and colourful street art in Shoreditch, these are the places to explore if you are looking to discover a different side of London.
Soho is one of the most exciting neighbourhoods in London, with an amazing energy and vibe. During the day you’ll find boutique shops and cute little cafes. It’s at night that Soho really comes alive. Thousands of young people flocking to the many bars and nightclubs in the area. So whether it’s the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, iconic Borderline music venue or one of the many LGBT friendly clubs, you’ll never be bored!
Soho is also one of the best neighbourhoods to stay in London. It’s perfectly located within walking distance of other major neighbourhoods and areas like Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden. And it’s easy to find an affordable place to stay with boutique hostels like SoHostel and YHA offering amazing value for money.
Covent Garden borders Soho which is generally known as London’s theatre district. It’s here that you’ll find all the major West End performances of musicals and plays. This includes; Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Aladdin.
However, there’s more to Covent Garden that just amazing theatre! Covent Garden market is open every day, and you’ll find stores selling products and goods from all over the world. There’s always free entertainment nearby with amazing street artists performing everything from magic tricks and acrobatics to singing and dancing. At the far end of Covent Garden lies Neil’s Yard which is one of the most beautiful courtyard’s in London. This is a great place to grab a coffee or have something to eats.
The East End is the edgier and more hipster part of the capital. Shoreditch has become the centre of this trendier side of London. The area is famous for the incredible amount of street art that is dotted all over the neighbourhood, including works by the legendary street-artist Banksy.
Old Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane are great places to start a visit to Shoreditch. Here you’ll find lots of local independent shops, food stalls and street performers. Nearby BoxPark is the world’s first pop-up mall made out of Shipping Containers. Then, there’s Hoxton Square, with restaurants such as the iconic Breakfast Club. Don’t miss the bustling Columbia Road Flower Market, which opens every Sunday from 8am to 3pm, selling plants and colourful flowers at greatly reduced prices.
Another trendy area is Camden. During the daytime, have a stroll through the narrow passageways of Camden’s Stables market, with stalls selling everything from second-hand clothing to antique furniture and unique souvenirs. Camden’s Food Market is the perfect place to have lunch, with stands offering food all over the world, including cuisine from South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, along with traditional British dishes. Away from the busy market, spend the afternoon wandering by the side of Camden Lock and the Regent’s canal which goes all the way to Little Venice.
Notting Hill is synonymous with Portobello Market, one of the best markets in the capital. The main market day is Saturday. Thousands of people flock to this mile-long stretch of road which turns into the largest antique market in the UK. You’ll find traders selling everything from clothes and books to jewellery, furniture and accessories. There are loads of cafes, restaurants and food stands to grab a bite to eat. Spending a day here is a really memorable experience.
There’s also the Notting Hill Carnival. This happens every year on the last August bank holiday. It’s one of the craziest parties in town with amazing costumes, food and music!