Cornwall Information & Accommodation Guide

Falmouth is a large thriving town situated on the magnificent Fal estuary on Cornwall's south coast. It's harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world.

Falmouth in History

The town has had a long and involved history since its foundation in the Elizabethan period. It was developed as a port by the Killigrew family, whose mansion, Arwenack, still remains, in part, at Grove Place. An obelisk was erected in 1737 to honour the family.

For nearly 200 years Falmouth was the home port of the Royal Mail Packet ships, becoming a seaside resort in the late 19th century after Falmouth became part of the rail network.

Film and TV in Falmouth

A number of films have been filmed around Falmouth.

Bitter Sweet
A Congregation of Ghosts
Ctrl Alt Shift
Dangerous Exile (1957)
Dressing Granite
Hornblower (2002)
Moll Flanders (1996)
The Mystery of the Marie Celeste (1935)
On the Water
Scenes in the Cornish Riviera (1904)
Scott of the Antarctic
Treasure Island (1950)
Windbag the Sailor (1936)
World War Z (2013)

Mooring facilities are available for visiting boats.
Please contact Falmouth Harbour Commissioners: +44 (0) 1326 312285/ 314379.
VHF radio: Channels 16 and 12.

There are a number of water based events held at Falmouth throughout the year including yacht racing and regattas.

The Falmouth Oyster Festival, held every October is a celebration of Cornish sea food with exhibitions, cookery demonstrations and a variety of entertainment.
Please click on the Events link for details of forthcoming events.

In addition to its own splendid setting which is a great attraction for visitors, Falmouth has a number of excellent all weather visitor attractions making it an ideal place to visit at any time of the year. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is one such attraction which is situated in the heart of Falmouth.

General Information

A full range of commercial facilities can be found in Falmouth, with branches of all the major banks, Post Office, famous high street stores and a large number of interesting specialist shops including galleries, antique stores and antiquarian book shops.

There is a wide variety of accommodation available from camp sites to luxury hotels. For holiday accommodation in and around Falmouth see Falmouth accommodation listings on this page or for accommodation throughout Cornwall visit our Cornwall Accommodation

Buy your train ticket for the Maritime Line to Falmouth

Tourist Information Centre

11 Market Strand
Prince of Wales Pier
TR11 3DF
Tel: +44 (0)1326 312300

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Falmouth is situated on the south coast of Cornwall. For those travelling by road to Cornwall, Falmouth is easily accessed via the A30 and A39.

For rail travellers, Falmouth Station is on the Truro-Falmouth branch line. Change trains at Truro for Falmouth.

Falmouth is well served by a bus and coach network.

See Travelling to and around Cornwall for more transport information and links to timetables.

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