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Article: Pack your bags & follow our guide on how to holiday in beautiful Falmouth!

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Pack your bags & follow our guide on how to holiday in beautiful Falmouth!

Whether you've been to Falmouth many times before or preparing for an upcoming visit, we've put together a bit of a 'must do' list. Although there's a lot of info online, nothing beats local recommendations!

Food & Drink

So, let's start with the most important - where to eat and drink. Holidays are a time where treats are on the green list and there's plenty of spots around Falmouth where you can treat the taste buds!

In Falmouth there are never ending food opportunities. Opposite Cream Cornwall Falmouth, is a lovely cafe, Picnic. They offer a lovely array of cakes and they also supply the fabulous Ann's Pasties. You really can't go past an Ann's Pasties if you're looking for the perfect one.
Image of Picnic Cafe Falmouth UKFor an afternoon tea or something stronger, Dolly's Tea Room, Wine Bar and Gin Palace really has everything you need! Eclectically decorated and quirky such as serving gin in a teapot, you'll be able to tell people that you once got tipsy drinking the content of a teapot!
Image of cake and gin bar at Dolly's teahouse in Falmouth UKIf you fancy dinner with a view, Falmouth has a lot to choose from. Indidog is a waterfront brasserie that serves breakfast, lunch and tea. With view of the Fal Estuary and the harbour you'll always be entertained by the comings and goings.

If you can't resist a great fishfinger sandwich for lunch then head to The Lookout, which also offers a great view of the harbour. For something lighter, there is Chic Pea, which serves mezze boxes and falafels.

On Discovery Quay, you're spoilt for choice, but Kona is a great place for the evening, with authentic poke bowls, cocktails and good music. And of course if you feel like a good old fish and chips, Harbour Lights is the best in town, they even have vegan options, so there's something for everyone.

If you're just looking for a night cap after a busy day then head to the Chain Locker. Said to be one of Falmouth's oldest buildings, this pub is right on the quayside and on those long summer nights there's nowhere better to enjoy a drink and chat with friends amongst a great atmosphere.
View from the Chain Locker Falmouth over Falmouth Harbour

Shopping (aka retail therapy)

Falmouth is passionate about supporting independent retailers and so you'll find a number of them as you walk through the town, particularly as you walk through the Old High Street at the top of town.

One of our favourites is Botanical Atelier on Arwenack Street which offers beautiful floral prints, books and gifts. It also hosts illustration workshops, but be quick as they sell out quickly.

As you'd know, Cornwall is known for its creatives and there are some beautiful art galleries dotted through the town. Morgan‘s art gallery is right in the centre, and they show off the work of many local artists and often have new exhibitions to explore. Another one of our favourites is Beside the Wave where many of Rebecca's paintings have come from over the years. 
Image of Andrew Tozer painting of King Charles QuayPainting by Andrew Tozer 

Time to tan? Here's some of our favourite spots.

Gyllyngvase Beach is only a short walk from the town centre, where you will find Gylly Beach Cafe for a great post swim beverage - their hot chocolates are delicious if you need something warming! One of our favourite walks is from here. Set off from Gylly to Maenporth via Swanpool. This coastal path can be muddy in winter, but it offers amazing views and isn't too strenuous. If you're looking for more walks then we also love the circular walk from Mylor to Flushing, the walk to Grebe beach and the walk around the beautiful Roseland Peninsula.

Another one of our favourite places to swim is at a beautiful spot next to Little Dennis at Pendennis Point. At high tide a perfect swimming hole is created and on a bright day there's nowhere better to be. You can sunbathe on the grass and pop in for a dip when you need to cool off.

Image of Pendennis Point Falmouth UK on a sunny day Things to do & see

Falmouth has so much history - much more than we can put here. From the influence of the Spanish, smuggling history, role in the success of the Packet Ships, along with its role in the Cornish uprising, there's a lot you can learn about.

A great place to visit is Pendennis Castle as this not only provides history, but amazing views. If you're bringing children they'll love the slightly creepy full size mannequins and the cannons etc. and as a bonus it has free parking!
Aerial image of Pendennis Castle Falmouth UK
Whether you're into all things nautical or not, the National Maritime Museum is a must do activity. From interactive displays to full size boat replicas, there's something for everyone. If you've got little ones in tow then they'll love being able to play in the rescue life raft or on the jet ski. 
Image of the National Maritime MuseumImage by Kirstin Prisk 


Yes, it's a bit boring, but knowing where to park is pretty handy, particularly in our busy times. Behind Cream Cornwall, on the waterfront, is Church Street Car Park for long stay parking. A short walk away on New Street, there is Well Lane Car Park, which is a small short stay car park.

If you're on the other side of town there's Grove Place, another short stay car park. If you're catching the train from Truro, Falmouth Town station is an easy walk into town. Trains run every half an hour between Falmouth and Truro.

Alternatively, if you're coming from St Mawes, you can relax and let someone else take control by enjoying the passenger ferry or you can drive yourself across via the King Harry Ferry for cars.
Image of the King Harry Ferry Cornwall

If you'd like to stay up to date with what we're doing at Cream Cornwall then make sure you join our Cream Collective group on Facebook. Here you'll get early info on upcoming promotions, inspiration from like minded people and can ask for interior advice/ideas. 

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