Visit Falmouth: Places to stay, things to do

Natasha Loader reveals why spring is the perfect time to be charmed by the delights of Falmouth, a little treasure chest waiting to be explored

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Experience an area of isolated beauty and visit one of the world’s largest deep-water harbours, on our southern Cornish coast. Take the scenic route along the A39, which begins some 200 miles away in Somerset, which will take you on a beautiful country bending tour into the heart of Falmouth.

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This now vibrant town is enriched by wonderful old traditions that are locked beneath many areas of outstanding natural beauty, with some of the most exhilarating coastal walks to name. Brave the stunning paths of Pendennis Point, Gyllyngvase and Maenporth headlands to capture a glimpse of some simply breathtaking views. Stroll along Swanpool Beach and spot incredible cruise ships anchored out on the horizon. The crystal clear waters are host to a sheer range of habitats, so whether you’re a serious angler or just fancy giving it a go, Falmouth is one of the best coastal spots for fishing in the UK.

Pick up a leaflet at the Falmouth Maritime Museum, to discover the incredible stories of lighthouse men working at sea. Marvel at the great Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII, to experience the sights and sounds of a real battle and relive an enemy attack.As one of the South West’s leading food, cultural and festival destinations, Falmouth has something to offer all ages. Spring festival (26 March-3 April) unleashes a celebration of Falmouth’s beautiful open green spaces with outstanding exhibitions and guided walks, which will simply take your breath away. The Princess Pavilion will be parent to a beautiful flower show (26-27 March), bringing an array of, rare plants, bonsais and stunning flower arrangements to Falmouth that should inspire any keen gardeners.

Local produce makes Falmouth one of the most desirable destinations for eating out in the UK. The Falmouth Oyster in particular is renowned all over the world, due to its quality and sustainable fishing techniques. Visit any local café or restaurant to experience fine food at its best…

Where to Eat

The Chain Locker, a favourite with locals, is where to go for a hearty fish pie after a day’s sightseeing in Falmouth, situated directly on the harbour-side. If you fancy enjoying a real fine dining experience, then Oliver’s will cater to your every need with a spectacular menu, or if you feel like trying somewhere new then the 3 Amigos Mexican restaurant won’t fail to deliver a deliciously authentic meal.

Where to stay

In Falmouth, there are a whole host of top quality places to stay, from waterside cottages and award winning hotels, to contemporary apartments overlooking the coastline. For families on a budget take advantage of Membly Hall hotel, which is situated in one of the most picturesque regions of Cornwall. The 2 Star Hotel, occupies at a sea front position affording splendid views of Falmouth Bay. Prices from £38.00 to £47.00 Per person (breakfast included)

Luxury

St Michael’s Hotel Spa, Bronze winner of Cornwall’s Tourism award 2010, which has a AA Rosette for food, offers stunning views across the bay and promises a haven of calm relaxation. The spa provides: a heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and well equipped fitness suite. From £65.00 to £115.00 per person (breakfast included)

Did you know…

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The Parish Church in Falmouth’s town centre was dedicated by Charles II, to his father, King Charles the Martyr. This was to show his gratitude to the town for their Royalist support during the Civil War.