On holiday in Cornwall - Within easy reach of Falmouth
Falmouth is a great base from which to experience a self catering holiday in Cornwall. There are so many things to do that we cannot hope to list them here. What we have done is to set out a few ideas and give you some useful links.
St Mawes and The Roseland Peninsula are a short ferry ride from the Price of Wales Pier in Falmouth. St Mawes is a beautiful village (shops, pubs, restaurants, galleries) with harbour, two sandy beaches and Henry VIII castle, at the end of the lovely Roseland Peninsula. The Roseland Peninsula itself is beautifully unspoilt, with wonderful beaches, glorious coastline, charming villages, coastal walks, hidden pubs and stunning scenery. For a lovely, car free day why not take a ferry to Trelissick, cross the Fal river on the King Harry Ferry then walk the 6 miles down to St Mawes before returning to Falmouth on the St Mawes Ferry?
There are many great gardens near to Falmouth including Glendurgan, Trebah, Trelissick and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Glendurgan is one of the great subtropical gardens of the South West and has a wonderful maze. Trebah is a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Trelissick is beautifully positioned at the head of the Fal estuary and commands panoramic views whilst The Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK and are typical of the nineteenth century gardenesque style with areas of different character and in different design styles. The area around Falmouth is great for cycling. There are literally hundreds of miles of cycle ways including the Coast to Coast Mineral Tramways route and the wonderful Camel Trail.
Cornwall is full of old mine workings which make for interesting visits including Geevor Tin Mine (dramatically situated on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast and the largest preserved mine site in the country) and Poldark Mine (an 18th century tin mine which is one of Cornwall’s most important heritage sites).
St. Michael’s Mount is a great place to visit and explore - discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history.
St. Ives is home to the Tate Gallery. The gallery boasts a fantastic display of art created in and associated with Cornwall.
The world famous cliff top open air theatre, the Minack Theatre, has a spectacular location and stunning views. This is a great place to visit or take in a show.
Trerice is an intimate Elizabethan manor and a Cornish gem. It remains little changed by the advances in building fashions over the centuries, thanks to long periods under absentee owners.
St Austell Brewery offers the opportunity to walk through a Victorian brewery and experience the whole brewing process – find out about the secret spring that supplies our water and learn about the crucial fermentation stage.
The Eden Project is world famous and a must visit. The artificial biomes contain plants collected from all over the world.
And some useful sites to visit for more information and ideas include:
For attractions and days out: http://www.cornwall-online.co.uk/attractions/Welcome.html
For National Trust: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/local-to-you/south-west/things-to-see-and-do/cornwall/
For English Heritage properties: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/southwest/cornwall/
For gardens open to visit: http://www.britainsfinest.co.uk/gardens/search_results.cfm/searchtown/Falmouth
For cycle routes: http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/countryside/cycle-routes-and-trails/
The Packet Quays is close to St. Ives, Truro, St. Mawes, Coastal paths, Eden Project and many other interesting places to visit
Holiday in Falmouth