Falmouth Cornwall

Ten Things To See & Do in Falmouth

With its colourful streets, golden beaches and thriving artistic community, Falmouth is a magnet for creative types and sun-seekers alike. Expect miles of coastal paths, plenty of independent eateries and some seriously laid-back vibes…

1. A pop of colour on Upton Slip, legendary crab and oyster bar The Wheelhouse sits on a narrow street that slopes towards the water. Fresh shellfish is caught and delivered daily and can be eaten in candlelight in this rustic spot. Quality of the service and the food is renowned so pre-booking is essential.

2. For the more adventurous among you, The Cornish Diving Centre can take qualified divers out for shore dives to search for the rays, jellyfish and cuttlefish that roam Cornish waters. Friendly professional staff also offer introductory courses for beginners to get you underwater and blowing bubbles.

3. Chintz bar is a fairground of cocktails and live music, usually brimming with cheerful characters. Walk through the cobbled courtyard and dive into a circus of quirky furniture and curiosities. It’s not just a surreal trip into inebriation though, quality music, local ciders and artisan cheese boards make Chintz a must.

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4. WeSUP at Gylly Beach offer the chance to explore the ocean, coves and caves that surround it. Hire paddle boards, take taster or beginner lessons or experience a tour around the gorgeous Falmouth coastline. There’s also crystal clear rock pools home to sea creatures nearby- for those that don’t fancy getting into a wetsuit.

5. On the South West Coastal Path there’s a circular walk that begins in Falmouth and runs through the wooded pathways to Pendennis point, offering striking coastal views. Another explores Mylor and Restronguet creeks, starting at Mylor Bridge, heading up toward Restronguet Barton and following the curves of the waters edge back to where you started.

6. Resting on the harbour’s edge, Indidog is an eatery with fantastic, blue harbour views. Inside the restaurant there’s a tangible buzz and just outside is the calming flow of the water, changing colour throughout the day. Food is excellent, especially their hearty breakfast menu with vegan options and bloody marys.

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7. Walk slightly upriver to the harbour town Penryn to find colourful homeware store Just Delights. Specialising in independent British and Danish brands, Just Delights is a grotto of beautiful design and greenery in terracotta pots. Bango Kitchen is also in Penryn, a lively Asian fusion restaurant that rolls out delicious Ramen, Bao Buns, Katsu and Sushi.

8. Trot down a flight of steps to the underground French winebar and brasserie La Cave. Run by a Cornish couple with a passion for French cuisine, La Cave has close, arched, candlelit ceilings that make for a cosy, intimate setting. Indulge in fine dining or simply peruse their generous list of fine wines and cheeses from France and Cornwall.

9. Ever year, plenty of festivals hit Falmouth that celebrate the area’s maritime heritage. Sea Shanty Festivals, Sailing Week and also, to mark the start of their fishing season, Falmouth Oyster Festival all burst onto the city. Unique to Falmouth, these occasions are lots of fun, but also offer an insight into Cornwall’s proud culture.

10. Hitch a ferry ride to fishing harbour St Mawes, a charming hillside town complete with a castle, whitewashed cottages and gastronomy spots. Some drinks on The Idle Rocks’ waterside terrace is a great place to start. You could also pick up artisanal Cornish produce at Mr. Scorse Deli or discover the hidden cinema in St Mawes hotel.