If you have already visited all of the tourist attractions Falmouth has to offer, tried the many activities its beaches and parks have in store, and sampled all the local and fusion cuisine that distinguishes Falmouth dishes from the rest of Cornwall, you may be tempted to ask: where else?
Falmouth is just one of the several towns that dot the mouth of the Fal River on the Carrick Roads. If you still have time for some more adventure, why not explore the rest of the region to make your vacation all the more worthwhile?
Move Up Northwest to Penryn
Moving up about a mile northwest of Falmouth is the equally-historic town of Penryn. This town was once the busiest port in the exportation of granite and tin to the rest of the world. Explore its many historical sites as well as equally fun-filled attractions.
Visit the horse and donkey sanctuary on the Flicka Foundation or try your stuff waterskiing and jet skiing at the famed Kernow Wake Park. For your kids, you may want to treat them to an afternoon of fun-filled learning fun at the Raze the Roof Indoor Play & Laser Tag. You can also visit the Fannie & Fox that specializes in trinkets and souvenir items as well as other specialty gift items.
If you want to sample a taste of the arts, you can visit the Penryn Museum then call it a day with refreshments and food at The Thirsty Scholar and Number 20.
Cross the Carrick Roads into St. Mawes
On the opposite shore of Carrick Roads lie St. Mawes. You can rent a boat from Falmouth or take a boat taxi to get you to this small yet flourishing community just opposite Falmouth. You can also take a ferry service direct to St. Mawes or drive there yourself in your car as it is only 30 miles away.
St. Mawes Castle is the town’s answer to Falmouth’s Pendennis Castle. It was also built by King Henry VIII as an answer to the threat of Continental invasion of the British Isles. Relive history as you walk through the many structures and armaments of the once-mighty citadel. The community boasts of a variety of outdoor activities to offer visitors. You can go windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking, and fishing on its many beaches.
Cross the Penryn River to Flushing
From Penryn you can cross the Penryn River and into Flushing, a coastal village just four miles northeast of Falmouth. Although not as progressive as the other towns that line Carrick Roads, Flushing is home to the annual Flushing Regatta Week in the last week of July to the first week of August.
The Regatta Week boasts of unique activities that are not found anywhere else. These include bathtub racing and sand castle-building along with the more common swimming, rowing, and sailing competitions. There is also a church service held in the open, crab-catching competition, and a pub quiz. Other must-sees include the performance of Nankersey Male Choir as well as recitals and classical concerts that are commonly held at the Methodist Chapel.
Move West to Budock Water
Moving two miles west of Falmouth is the community of Budock Water. Unlike the communities of Falmouth, Penryn, Flushing, and St. Mawes, Budock Water does not have the luxury of offering visitors an excellent view of Falmouth Harbor.
The western tower of the St. Budock Parish Church dates as far back as the 13th century, making it a significant historical landmark for the town. The church is home to the monumental brass of the first governor of Pendennis Castle, John III Killigrew, and his wife, Elizabeth Trewennard.
Wherever you visit in and around Falmouth, you will want to find good quality holiday accommodation to stay in. There are many agencies with Falmouth Cottages available for rent by the week or long weekend. There are also some great sea front hotels and guest houses of all standards for a good sightseeing base in this amazing part of Cornwall.
The area around Falmouth is rich in history. By visiting the other towns or communities that line the Carrick Roads as well as the outlying inland communities, you will begin to appreciate the amazing developments that have shaped the British Isles into what it has become today.
For help with organising a holiday in Falmouth try: https://www.visitcornwall.com/places/falmouth