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For year round relaxation and recreation, Falmouth has a custom of genuine hospitality founded on its centuries old port and superb location at the southern end of the Fal Estuary - arguably Britain's most amazing network of creeks and rivers. Blessed with attractive sandy bathing beaches and a bubbling town, Falmouth can offer you contrasts, convenience and choice in making the most of your occasion. Falmouth has an compelling record of excellence in tourism. Generations of investment, from the first custom built tourist apartment in 1865, to the imposing Ships & Castles Leisure Pool of today, makes Falmouth proud to welcome everyone!

With one of the world's deepest natural inlets, today's Falmouth is fast developing its international character as one of the great sailing and watersports centres of the uk. Every year new accolades are added to its formidable list of overseas sailing events.

With marina capacities for the yachtsman and quays for accessing cruise liners, Falmouth is never short of interest and spectacle for the guest. The Fal Estuary's deep water and sheltered anchorage have been of strategic importance to the defence of Britain since Tudor times. Any enemy securing the Estuary could easily land an army and bring in fresh supplies of food, weapons and soldiers. Henry VIII saw this threat and built Pendennis and St Mawes Castles on opposite sides of the Estuary to defend the anchorage.

Built in the mid sixteenth century, Pendennis overlooks the mile-wide mouth of the River Fal, at the most westerly point where it was achievable to anchor safely. It is difficult to imagine today, when visiting this popular holiday arena of Cornwall, how wild and distant this beautiful part of the coast used to be.

But the impressive walls, rambling rooms and stone staircases of Pendennis make it easy to anticipate the scenes of bloodyconflict 350 years ago. An exhibition in the old gun room helps you appreciate almost at first hand the sights and sounds of an ancient battle. And there are artefacts from the Second World War, when Pendennis was again called into action.

In Victorian times, Falmouth's world-wide links across the sea led to the advancement of public gardens containing appealing collections of exotic plants. Owing to a all time mild climate, blooms such as Citrus, Daturas, Dracaena palms, Camellias, Abutious, Azaleas, Rhododendrons and many unusual species of Bamboo, still thrive today. At Fox Rosehill Gardens for example, Banana trees grow in the open! In addition to Falmouth's four main gardens of Gyllyndune, Kimberley Park, Fox Rosehill and Queen Mary, the vast gardens of Trelissick, Glendurgan and Trebah are all within striking distance of the town. As a heart for touring the numerous internationally celebrated Cornish gardens, Falmouth has agreeably become a Mecca.

Falmouth's town centre contains many of the expected high street shopping names, alongside cafes and specialist shops with great maritime appeal. Laced with many notable and unusual listed buildings (like the King's Pipe which was used to burn contraband tobacco in the days of old style smuggling), the town has a reassuring warmth and contains a surprising range of advantages. The Falmouth Arts Centre, The Cornwall Maritime Museum (where the story of the famous Falmouth Packet shops is demonstrated), and the Falmouth Art Gallery (with its renowned collection of Tuke paintings), complemented by the Princess Pavillion, together providing a comprehensive programme of exhibitions, concerts and theatrical happenings throughout the year. Touring groups, local, national and international performers and artists will all be found at Falmouth.

Falmouth has 4 superb beaches: Gyllynvase, Castle, Swanpool and Maenporth. All offers well managed facilities accommodating for both the active and the not so active beach afficionado. Alternatively, why not step aboard one of the many amazing pleasure boats plying the local waters of Falmouth and fully see the maritime allure of this most astonishing part of Cornwall.
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