4 Interesting Facts About Falmouth
Take a look at 4 interesting facts about the Cornish town, Falmouth. Attracting visitors from across the globe, around 5 million people visited Falmouth in 2018 alone! Falmouth is located on the south coast of Cornwall. It is a town and port on the River Fal. Falmouth’s location makes it a great holiday location, as it is relatively close to many popular locations to visit when in Cornwall:
27 miles: Falmouth to St Ives
27 miles: Falmouth to Padstow
18 miles: Falmouth to Newquay
13 miles: Falmouth to Helston
11 miles: Falmouth to Truro
What is Falmouth famous for?
Falmouth is famous for its’ maritime heritage and great family friendly beaches. Together with the Carrick Roads estuary, it has the deepest natural harbour in Western Europe and is the third deepest natural harbour in the world! Falmouth has numerous beaches, from secluded coves along the coast, to more easily accessible beaches with great facilities and carparks. One of the most well-known beaches in Falmouth is Gyllenvase beach, which is a Blue Flag beach. It is a short 15-minute walk from Falmouth town centre. It has great amenities, with the Gylly Beach Cafe on the edge of the beach providing wonderful views of the coast of Falmouth. The cafe uses fresh, local produce wherever possible and is the perfect location to enjoy a meal beside the sea. The beach also has public toilets and a nearby carpark.
Jacob’s Ladder, which leads off the Moor in Falmouth, has 111 steps in total. The steps were named after Jacob Hamblen, who made the steps in order to link some of his business premises and homes in the 1840s. In 2007, the handrail of the famous steps was replaced with one with an LED strip. So if you take on these challenging steps at night, you can now see where you’re going!
Pendennis Castle is full of history and was built in 1540 by Henry VII and has acted as a fortress to protect the River Fal and Carrick Roads, the deep estuary, since the Tudor times. It is an English Heritage site, with plenty to see and do on your visit. See and learn about the guns and cannons. You can witness the noon day gun being fired between April and October, which only occurs once a day! There are also a number of spots outside to admire the breath-taking 360° panoramic view over Falmouth.
Explore the spectacular Trebah Gardens, with over 4 miles of footpath within a sub-tropical paradise. The beautiful valley garden even has its own secluded beach on the Helford River. The garden’s Boathouse Cafe on its’ private beach is open between March and September, so you can enjoy the beautiful views of the river whilst enjoying a traditional Cornish cream tea.
The Glendurgan garden is a National Trust garden, set in an exotic valley, leading down to a sheltered beach. The Grade II listed garden is filled with wild and exotic plants. It’s a beautiful garden to visit at any time of year. It even has an extensive maze and a rotating rope swing for younger visitors to enjoy!