Falmouth is basically a town that descended from Pendennis Castle, which was constructed back in the 16th century when King Henry VIII decided to use the maritime resources in the area. The town was built across the Fal River starting from St. Mawes Castle that eventually became a defense point against the Spanish and French invaders. Starting that point, Falmouth developed into a significant port town as well as a popular tourist destination. It became the ideal spot that is well-known for its beaches, cuisine, scenic port and rich history.
The town also boasts that third deepest natural harbor in the world. As a result, the maritime trade greatly developed throughout the years. Way back since 1851, the Falmouth Packet Service was responsible for delivering mail to different corners of the British Empire. From that time and later on, there are many navy vessels docked in Falmouth. Even today, there is increasing shipping activity along with tour boats that heads out as far as Truro, which is the biggest city in Cornwall.
Even though accessible by water, majority of visitors visit Falmouth either by rail or road. It is basically an easy drive since the A36 ends in Falmouth after starting in Bath, Somerset. Falmouth is also considered the base to three rail stations – Penmere Railway Station, Falmouth Docks Railway and Falmouth Town Railway Station. Take note that the Maritime Line from Truro can serve the three stations, thus providing visitors with a short walking distance from the popular attractions in the town. The Penmere Station is the ideal option for those who want to stroll to the peak of the Moor. Pendennis Castle and Gyllyngvase Beach are found close to the Falmouth Docks station. Additionally, the Falmouth Town Station is the best option since it is close to the town center, waterfront and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
During the 19th century, Falmouth was regarded as a popular tourist spot not only for the maritime activities, but also for the scenic beaches. May is the ideal time of the year to visit the beaches in the town since there visitors are only limited, especially if you want to avoid the crowd. The only drawback is that the water might still be quite chilly. Of course, summer is the best time to visit the beaches, just be prepared to enjoy the beach along with the crowd.
The town also boasts several great restaurants. As a seaside town, there are many culinary treats for those want to try out the seafood. A good example of quality cuisine in Falmouth is Gurkha which serves Nepalese food. If you want to enjoy a glass of wine, cakes, coffee or just a light meal, the Castaways Wine Bar is the best choice to include in your itinerary.
Falmouth is also a hub of the art scene, especially for those who love art. The Falmouth Art Gallery is also a great spot to visit. The best part is that it will not charge for admission. Do not forget to drop by at the National Maritime Museum if you want to fully explore the history of Britain at sea.