- Falmouth has remained one of the great names in world
shipping since the Tudor times. Visitors arriving in Falmouth for the first
time are apt to find the geography of the district very
puzzling. This is largely because there are two fronts, one on
the river, the other on the sea. The former extends from Penryn
bridge to Pendennis Point and includes the narrow road through
the main shopping centre, running from the Prince of Wales Pier
to the Custom House; which, beginning as Market Street, later
becomes Church Street and finally Arwenack Street. (See Town
- This busy thoroughfare (one-way traffic) backs on to the
river and here and there, from the small quays, slips and "opes"
leading down to the water, glimpses of the busy harbour and
docks can be obtained. From the Prince of Wales Pier and from
Town and Customs Quays, there are grand views across to Flushing
and extending round Trefusis Point across the Carrick Roads to
the Roseland peninsula the other side of the extensive harbour.
In between there is all the life, colour and
- movement of a great
port; ships of all types and sizes and of many nationalities,
the smell of tarred rope, the scream of seagulls. This is the oldest part of Falmouth. It faces
north-east, and straggles along the western bank of the Peuryn
River and not the River Fal, as is commonly supposed.
- The more modern portion of the town, forming
the sea-front, lies just across the neck of the Pendennis
peninsula. The aspect here is in complete contrast to the river
- This is Falmouth the holiday resort; here is the seashore
with its grand bathing beaches, gardens and pleasure grounds;
here are seats and shelters which all the year round are more
generously bathed in sunshine, than, probably, any others in
- From the left, or eastern side of the bay, rises
the majestic wooded height of Pendennis, crowned by its
compact and small castle. In the centre the gently-sloping sands
of Castle Beach merge into a fascinating area of rock pools.
- The town has a magnificent natural harbour which has
contributed greatly to the town's prosperity and influence over the centuries.
- Places to visit include Pendennis Castle and museum,
Cornwall Maritime Museum, St Mawes Castle, Glendurgan Gardens (National Trust), an Art
gallery and the Fal Estuary.
Places to see
Glendurgan Gardens, The Maritime Museum, Pendennis
Castle, Trellisick Gardens, The Military Vehicle Museum, (Lamanva)
- Local towns and villages to visit..
- Sea Fishing from the
Pier, shore and rocks at Falmouth; also off-shore fishing. Shark
fishing can be arranged with local fishermen.
- Falmouth is the main centre with a regatta in
August. Boats may be hired at Falmouth.
- Local Accommodation..