Situated on Cornwall’s south coast, Falmouth, a town that has been influenced greatly by its strong attachment to the sea, is one of the United Kingdom’s most unique locations.
Created back in 1613 by Sir John Killgrew, after being used as a site where King Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle in order of defending Carrick Roads, Falmouth’s history continued to grow over the course of time.
The town is renowned for having the World’s third largest deep-water harbour, which over the years has been the location for two of British sailing’s most notable achievements. Firstly, Sir Robin Knox-Johnson became the first person to sail single handily, non-stop around the world in 1969, using Falmouth harbour as his start and end point. This was eventually bettered by Dame Ellen Macarthur in 2007 as she became the fastest ever conqueror of the feat.
The Harbour does not solely define Falmouth as a town however as it has a remarkable cultural and historical heritage. Home to numerous art museums such as The Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth’s artistic background has been the catalyst behind Cornwall becoming internationally renowned as a hotspot for art enthusiasts. Falmouth is also home to The Poly Cinema, a picture house that keeps with the current trend of ‘art cinema’, and has a strong connection with the Cornwall Film Festival. The Poly is renowned for its support of amateur filmmakers and allows creative people from around the UK to exhibit their work for a public audience and often host events to engage the community.
The historical heritage of Falmouth is truly astounding, as mentioned it is home to Pendennis Castle, but it is also home to St. Mawes Castle which again was built by Henry VIII to guard the entrance to the safe anchorage in the Carrick Road. These are sites regularly visited by holiday goers, but what really makes Falmouth indistinguishable from anywhere else in the United Kingdom is its maritime heritage. Take a look at Cornwall’s maritime museum while you’re there, or even better, take a boat out on the sea yourself.
Falmouth’s port is the location for where many holiday goers come in from abroad to visit the UK. Welcoming cruises from around Europe, Falmouth’s un-spoilt coastlines and clear seas highlight why it is a must visit destination in the summer especially.
As a town, there is no place as picturesque in the whole of the United Kingdom as Falmouth and this is not due solely to its beaches and harbour, but also the palm trees situated across the town, the beautiful greenery and parks which are perfect for a picnic or a day out.
The people of Falmouth are extremely proud of the distinctive features that make their hometown a tourist hotspot and a truly unique environment. As Falmouth is also home to a university, the impact of the student influx can be heavily detected from the towns ‘chilled-out’ vibe.
Now, when you think about what you want from your perfect holiday, Falmouth surely must tick all the boxes. There is a reason why it is considered the United Kingdom’s most popular seaside locations and is quickly making a name for itself internationally.