24 October 2018
Top things to do in Falmouth
The bustling harbour town of Falmouth is just 30 minutes from Clowance, making it the perfect place for an action-packed day trip. Here are our recommendations for the top things to see and do once you get there.
Stroll through beautiful gardens
If you fancy enjoying an afternoon stroll around a beautiful park or garden, then Falmouth is the place to do it. Open all year round, the Trebah Garden is a gorgeous, sub-tropical paradise nestled in a nearby valley with its very own private beach on the Helford River. Or, if you fancy exploring some enchanting woodland, head over to the Enys Estate, which also features beautiful open meadows, manicured flower gardens, and a historic pond complete with a waterwheel.
Visit sandy beaches
Falmouth is home to some fantastic beaches, all of which are wonderful places to visit throughout the year. Gyllyngvase is the town’s largest beach and it’s also right next to the picturesque Queen Mary Gardens. Swanpool, another great spot, is slightly further out of town but has the added benefit of being close to a nature reserve and a lake which plays host to all kinds of outdoor activities.
Soak up some history
Falmouth is steeped in history and the town’s many museums and art galleries are the perfect places to visit come rain or shine. Watch shipwrights restoring vessels, discover treasured artefacts, and listen to tales of Cornish fishermen in the National Maritime Museum, or head over to the Falmouth Art Gallery and spend several hours perusing a collection of over 2,000 pieces by renowned artists. The town even has its very own Tudor castle that features fascinating collections of cannons and weaponry.
Sample the local fare
You may call us biased, but we really think that some of the best food comes from Cornwall. Falmouth is one of the top places to sample the finest Cornish cuisine, so during your time in the town, be sure to try a show-stopping Sunday roast at the Star & Garter, pop into Rick Stein’s Fish for some classic fish and chips, and indulge in some delicious fine dining at Oliver’s.
Explore the coastline
Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to explore this fantastic part of Cornwall is on foot. Falmouth’s many walking routes will take you along rugged coastlines, past hidden valleys, and through quaint local villages. So whether you want to embark on an all-day adventure or simply fancy a short stroll to blow away the cobwebs, check out this handy guide to some of the best walks in Falmouth and start planning your route.
Clowance provides the perfect base for exploring Falmouth and other South Cornwall towns. Take a look at our accommodation and start planning your next Cornish adventure!