Pendennis Castle, Falmouth
Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

Built on a magnificent natural harbour at the mouth of the Fal estuary, Falmouth has a deserved reputation as a popular seaside resort and international boating centre. Much of the architecture is late 18th and early 19th century, though the popularity of Falmouth among the sailing fraternity has led to a plethora of new building.

The foremost attraction, aside from the sandy beaches that surround the town, is Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII on a headland outside the town. Pendennis faces St. Mawes Castle across the Fal. Both were built as party of Henry's extensive plans to defend the south coast against perceived threats from France and Spain.

Within the town the most interesting building is probably the King's Pipe, used to burn smuggled tobacco in the days when illicit goods smuggling flourished in Cornwall. The Cornwall Maritime Museum traces the proud seafaring history of the region, and visitors can take pleasure boat cruises around the Fal estuary and up the river.

The Falmouth area is blessed with a mild climate all year round, making the area ideal for growing a wide variety of tender plants, including varieties rarely seen in Britain. Fox Rosehill Gardens, for example, features banana trees, growing healthily in open air! There are four major gardens in Falmouth itself (Gyllyndune, Kimberley Park, Fox Rosehill and Queen Mary), as well as three near the town (Trelissick, Glendurgan and Trebah).

About Falmouth
Address: Falmouth, Cornwall, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location map
OS: SW807 329
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express


Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

National Maritime Museum Cornwall - 0.5 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Pendennis Castle - 1.2 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

St Mawes Castle - 2.2 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

St Anthony-in-Roseland Church - 3 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

St Just in Roseland Church - 3 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Glendurgan Gardens - 4.1 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Trebah Garden - 4.2 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Trelissick Garden - 4.5 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

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Fal River Visitor Information Centre
11 Market Strand
Prince of Wales Pier
TR11 3DF
Tel: 01326 741 194
Twitter: @FalRiverInfo