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Falmouth

Museums and Galleries

National Maritime Museum: Opening times 10:00 to 17:00

A great museum displaying boats and water craft from Britain's great maritime past.  See their website for current exhibitions and displays.

Pendennis Castle: Opening times 10 to 16:00

One of Henry VIII's great coastal castle's, it has magnificent views across the harbour.  It saw action during the English Civil War when 1,000 Royalists held out against the Parliamentary Army for 3 months (1646) only agreeing to an honourable surrender when their food ran out.  It now hosts regular events and is beautifully preserved by English Heritage.

Beaches

Falmouth has two great beaches. Gyllyngvase is about a 10 minute walk from the town centre, it has a good cafe at the back of it "Gylly Beach Cafe" and offers safe swimming and a greats tretch of golden sand.  Swanpool Beach is another 10 minutes walk and offers a whole range watersports (dinghy sailing, kayaking and canoeing) through Elemental UK Watersports who are based there.  There is also an award winning cafe and behind the beach is a Swanpool Lake Nature Reserve, host to 100s of species of bird including grebe and tufted ducks, siskins and kingfishers.

Eating Out

Falmouth has a great selection of restaurants, pubs and cafes.  Events square (home of the Maritime Museum) has several estaurants including Rick Stein's first Fish Restaurant outside of Padstow.  The Wheelhouse is a crab and oyster bar and one of Falmouth's great secrets it is hidden away just off the main street, takes only cash, and is always booked way in advance (01326 318050), as well as great seafood the whole meal is something of a theatrical performance.