By trainFirst Great Western trains run from all over the South of England to Truro, and CrossCountry trains will bring you there from Scotland, the North and Midlands.
At Truro station, make your way to the Falmouth branch line at platform 1 - the journey takes around 20 minutes and the trains run regularly. Falmouth has three stations:
- Penmere station – This station primarily serves the residential areas of Falmouth and is situated on the surprisingly named Penmere Hill.
- – This station is situated on Avenue Road, 5 minutes walk from the town (to the North-East) and 7 minutes walk from Gyllyngvase Beach (to the south).
- Falmouth Docks station – As the name suggests, this station is close to Falmouth's economically important Dock, but is also the closest station to Pendennis Castle.
By busFirst Devon and Cornwall operate most bus services into the town, with half hourly services from Cornwall's capital Truro. Half hourly services also operate from Camborne (Cornwall's traditional mining centre). Other destinations are also served.
While buses in Cornwall are usually reliable, lapses do occur and travellers used to using buses in large cities may be disappointed at the prospect of long waits.
For timetable information, visitors are advised to telephone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33, who will provide details of all buses in operation.
By carMost travellers into Cornwall will come down the M5 and change onto the A30 at Exeter. To get to Falmouth, travellers must turn off the A30 on to the A39 at Fraddon, signposted as Truro. The A39 should be followed all the way through Truro until Falmouth is reached.
By boatIt is possible to enter Falmouth by boat from Malpas near Truro, St.Mawes across the Fal river and Flushing across the Penryn river. Falmouth has also become the starting Ferry port for some Mediterranean and Baltic Cruises.
Be warned: Falmouth is extremely hilly in places, and some roads (Killigrew Street, Trelawney Road) will have you cursing town surveyors. Fortunately, most of the attractions are between The Moor and Falmouth Docks, which is relatively flat. The town is generally cycle-friendly.
Falmouth is also on the South West Coast Path, which makes for some excellent walks.
phone: +44 1326 316594address: Castle Close, TR11 4LPOne of the finest surviving examples of a coast fortress in England. Successive remains chart developments in military engineering and weapons technology and the organisation of coast defence from the Tudor period until the Second World War.
phone: +44 1326 313863address: Municipal Buildings, The Moor, TR11 2RT
phone: +44 1326 313388address: Discovery Quay, TR11 3QYHome of the National Maritime Museum's small boat collection and other exhibits.
phone: +44 1326 252020address: Mawnan Smith, TR11 5JZNational Trust garden.
- Boat trips - Regular services take you across the river Fal to surrounding villages and also in the direction of the city of Truro and west towards Helford. Ferries and tourist boat trips depart from the Prince of Wales Pier in the town centre. Ferries run to the Roseland villages of St. Mawes (hourly) and Flushing (half hourly) year round. Be sure to check times at the information office at the bottom of the pier, as during spring low-tides, services can be interrupted. To the north of town, a vehicle and foot passenger ferry (the King Harry Ferry) provides a vehicle shortcut to the Roseland peninsula.
phone: +44 1326 212129address: Castle Drive, Pendennis Headland, TR11 4NGA swimming-pool, gym and small café contained within a modern building with a beautiful glass façade facing towards Falmouth town and the Docks.
Jacob's LadderYou've not properly visited Falmouth until you've gone up (or down) Jacob's Ladder, a stairway that literally takes your breath away. Fortunately, there is a pub near the top, and it's well-lit at night. If you take a left after the pub you get some brilliant views over the estuary.
- Visit a beach - Falmouth has two beaches;
Gyllyngvase Beachwhich has an excellent cafe (try the hot chocolate)
Swanpool BeachSwanpool also has a cafe that does very good ice creams, and backs on to a minigolf course.
- There are a good range of shops for surfers in Falmouth: these can be found around Market Street. If it's Cornish merchandise ye be wantin', have a look round Church Street, which also has an excellent bookshop.
phone: +44 1326 315315address: 24 Arwenack St, TR11 3JBViews across the harbour from this small cafe. Most of the seating is outside covered with large umbrellas and heaters. The food is locally sourced, with a large array of seafoods fresh from Cornwall.
phone: +44 1326 311288address: 7 Grove Place, TR11 4AUGargantuan burger meals and a sleek modern interior to boot.
phone: +44 1326 312113address: 41 Arwenack StGreene King pub
phone: +44 1326 316934address: Arwenack StHome-style fish & chips.
phone: +44 1326 316622address: 14 Killigrew StOn "The Moor" great sandwich shop.
phone: +44 1326 310110address: 4 The Moor, TR11 3QAWetherspoon's through and through.
phone: +44 1326 316552address: 2 Market StServes genuine Cornish pasties and Emmet freshly cut sandwiches.
phone: +44 1326 311288address: 7 Grove Place
The Chain Locker
Rumours Wine Bar
The King's Head
Here the road splits. Head up 'The High Street' to find:
The Prince of Wales
The Star and Garter
Head towards the Moor to find:
The Seven Stars
The Mason's Arms
The Killigrew Arms
The Packet Station
Outside the main shopping street there are more pubs to be found including:
The Oddfellows Arms
The Seaview Inn
Jacob's Ladder Inn
The Four Winds Inn
The Red Lion
The Trelowarren Arms
phone: +44 1326 312671address: Castle Beach
phone: +44 1326 312707address: Gyllyngvase Beach
phone: +44 1326 312440address: Stratton Pl
phone: +44 1326 312734address: 1 Western Terrace
phone: +44 1326 319577address: 1 Grove Pl
phone: +44 1326 311185address: 27 Arwenack St,
phone: +44 1326 311309address: Gyllyngvase Hill
phone: +44 1326 312489address: De Pass Rd
address: Gyllyngvase Rd
phone: +44 1326 313881address: 28 Melvill Road
phone: +44 1326 555555Established in 1977, with over 50 handpicked and personally inspected holiday cottages in the Falmouth area