For your next visit to Falmouth, guarantee the best trip by booking your short-term apartment rental in advance. This cosy English coastal town is a relaxing break, home away from home, with everything you would want from a seaside getaway. If you fancy making Falmouth your next UK holiday destination, browse through our selection of holiday rentals on Tripadvisor or Airbnb.
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Visit Falmouth: the UK's best place to live!
A stunning little seaside destination in the south of England, near Cornwall, Falmouth is more than just a beach town. In fact, it's home to a number fascinating different thing, such as the Fal River, Falmouth harbour, rolling countryside and, of course, the golden sand beaches and blue sea. Complete with old, winding lanes, old pubs, slate roofs, cafes, boutiques and more, the town has been thriving since the 1700s thanks to the prosperous maritime trade – which visitors can learn all about at the National Maritime Museum.
Best time to visit Falmouth
There are several different factors to consider when trying to plan your holiday to Falmouth. The first is the weather; located on the south coast of England, Falmouth naturally has a moderate temperature with the chance of rain pretty much every day – just like the rest of the UK. Undoubtedly, the best weather can be found during the summer months – July and August – when temperatures average 20 degrees, although it can get as high as 30. However, this nice weather continues on into September when booking a holiday rental will get a lot cheaper than the peak tourist summer season – arguably making it a better time to visit.
During October through to December is the rainiest period, although it is also the least crowded – except for the Christmas period, of course, as who can't resist a cosy retreat to the seaside with a fire burning in a cute bed and breakfast holiday accommodation. If it's a cheap holiday you're looking for, then head over in November; sure, it's a little bit chillier, but sometimes it's much better to go for a birsk walk on a cold winter's morning through the countryside.
How to get to Falmouth
Falmouth is relatively easy to get to, no matter your mode of transport. If you're looking to use public transport to save the drive – which makes sense considering it's a 5 hour drive just from London, let alone Scotland – then Great Western Rail and Cross Country Trains operates services to Cornwall from London, South Wales, the Cotswolds, the Midlands, Scotland, and the north of England. Wherever you are staying in a holiday rental in Cornwall, you are in an excellent position to easily travel to Falmouth in only half an hour. From here, the First Group and Maritime Line operate rail and bus services from stations across Cornwall to get travellers to Falmouth. This is particularly useful if you are hoping to visit from your holiday rental in Truro which is only a half an hour drive from Cornwall. Also, the National Express has a coach directly to Falmouth from destinations all over the country.
If you do fancy taking the scenic route and driving down to Falmouth, then the M4, M5, and M6 motorways are all fabulous roads making the trip down to Cornwall seem easy and straightforward. From Cornwall, drive straight on to the A30 or A38, then the M5 to Exeter, and then finally the A30 straight to Falmouth. The drive is equally as pleasant for day trippers who take the short one hour drive from their accommodation in St Ives which is another famous Cornish gem.
Where to stay in Falmouth
By the beach
The best holiday rentals in Falmouth are undoubtedly by the sea, with endless views stretching out over the ocean and the sea breeze keeping you cool at night. There are plenty of activities and things to do, such as rock-pooling, water sports, and even a surf school – all without having to worry about walking too far. Why not stay at the Anacapri, a 5-star Edwardian guesthouse on the beachfront, and just a few minutes walk from the National Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle. Whether you are staying in a holiday cottage in Truro or a bed and breakfast in St Ives, Falmouth's beautiful beaches are never more than a short ride away.
The town centre
From the independent boutiques to the galleries, vintage stores, even a plant shop or two, there is plenty for everyone in the town centre. For those that can't get enough art, there's the Beside the Wave Gallery, while any budding interior designers should head to Cream Cornwall to get their homeware fix. But it's not just shopping that makes Falmouth's town centre so alluring; the short-term apartment rentals that can be found here are all beautiful as well, such as Lugo Rock, a 4-star, Victorian B&B holiday rental complete with period-style bedrooms and a terrace to enjoy the sunshine.
What to do in Falmouth
Falmouth Art Gallery
A free day out for all the family, the Falmouth Art Gallery is home to over 2000 pieces of art from various renowned artists throughout history. The exhibitions include work from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the RCPS Tuke Collection, a range of British impressionist paintings, the RCPS Tuke Collection, and even a children's illustration archive. The museum offers a number of free workshops and events for families and children, and the exhibitions are constantly changing thanks to artists, museum collectors, and private lenders lending different pieces to the museum – which means it's impossible to get bored while you're there.
Falmouth town has a rich and incredibly long history, and the Town Trail, set up by the Falmouth Civic Society, is the best way to experience all of that first hand, learning about the town's past. Following a map, the trail takes visitors through the town centre, highlighting key buildings along the way. Notable presences on the trail include: the Packet Ship Monument, first created over 100 years ago in order to commemorate the service that operated worldwide, using Falmouth as a base, as well as St. George's Arcade which was used as a cinema between 1912 and 1948, and Arwenack Manor.
Folk & Cider Fayre
One of the best events on the Falmouth calendar, the Folk & Cider Fayre sees everything Cornwall is known for taking over the town: folk music, barn dancing and ceilidh. Plus, there's over 70 different types of cider available to test, try, sample, and buy, all while listening to acoustic music playing live throughout the day.
An adorable horse and donkey sanctuary in the heart of Falmouth, the Flicka Foundation is the place to go to meet the beautiful animals in a peaceful habitat, where they are being nurtured following a traumatic life. Stroll through the paddocks, take a wander over to the stables, and enjoy a coffee in the pleasant countryside surroundings. Today, there are over 100 donkeys, ponies, and horses at the Flicka Foundation – all rescues – as well as cows, cats, dogs, and rabbits.
Technically a human-made lake, Swanpool Lake was once cut off from the sea by nothing more than a shingle bar, creating the beautiful freshwater lake. This was until 1826 when a culvert was dug out, draining a lot of the lake but essentially meaning that the water now flows in and out creating a blend of salt and freshwater. Take a wander down for a picnic, and witness the range of wildlife that calls Swanpool Lake their home – including moorhens, nesting swans, and ducks. Plus, thanks to the massive amount of wildlife that can be found here and nowhere else in the country, it's been designated a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Relax on the Beaches
Nestled away on the southern coast of England, it's no surprise that Falmouth is home to a number of incredible beaches, all perfect for relaxing with a good book and cold drink. Some of these include Swanpool, Maenporth, Gyllyngvase, and Castle, all of which have their castles, and Gyllyngvase even comes with the Queen Mary Gardens, if you get tired of finding sand everywhere.
National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is 12 different galleries set over three floors in an incredibly unique looking building, containing anything visitors could ever want to know about the history of boating and the port of Falmouth. There are several interactive displays, such as a boating pool which uses fans as the wind to sail model boats, as well as two large underwater windows, and a LookOut tower with views that stretch for miles across the horizon.
One of the best sights to see in Falmouth, Pendennis Castle, has a fascinating history that stretches back as far as the 1500s, having been the site of one of Henry VIII's coastal strongholds. Last used during WWII; the castle is now a discovery centre, complete with hands-on activities and a restored underground Victorian defence system.
Kernow Adventure Park
A fantastic outdoor activity centre, Kernow Adventure Park is the perfect day out to keep the kids entertained and take a break from lounging on the beach and being nagged to create the perfect sandcastle. The park has open water swimming, wakeboarding, an Aquapark, and paddleboarding, all set on a clear lake with no worries about the current and tide of the sea.