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Destination guide

Experience Falmouth in holiday lettings

You can imagine the 'arrs' of bearded mariners echoing in the shanty taverns of little Falmouth. You can certainly sense the bob of the fishing boats and the cry of gulls as you wander the narrow streets of cottages and cider pubs. This is one for the sailors and the seafarers, the beach lovers and the seafood buffs. It sits perched on the edge of the Cornish coast, clutching the English Channel and a wide estuary. Cosy Falmouth holiday rentals offer a pad in the middle of it all, close to the maritime museums, sands and local fish and chip shops.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Falmouth holiday homes

Spanish Armadas and the ships of great explorers have all passed by Falmouth's quays over the centuries. The result is a town steeped in seafaring history. That's all on display at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Head there to be immersed in tales of smuggling and fishing and the sciences of the ocean. The theme continues on down the headland where colossal Pendennis Castle crowns the edge of the estuary. Built by Henry VIII, it's got hands-on exhibits that'll have the kids pulling cannon triggers and scaling mighty keeps.

Activities

Fun things to do near your holiday rental in Falmouth

Falmouth holiday rentals are all about smelling the fresh sea air and exploring some of Cornwall's most celebrated stretches of coastline. There's always a RIB boat waiting to whisk you away across the swells for encounters with basking sharks, seals and dolphin pods. There's always another postcard-perfect beach to add to the itinerary. And there's always another seafood eatery, home to local chefs eager to sizzle up some of England's freshest fish cuts to set those taste buds a-tingling.

Weather

Climate during your stay in Falmouth holiday homes

Falmouth holiday rentals close to the beaches of Cornwall are always going to be at their most popular during the summer months between June and August. That's when families head to the south coast in search of warm weather and long days on Gyllyngvase and Swanpool – some of the best sand stretches in the area. That said, you can usually get away with pleasant conditions in spring and autumn, with months like April, May, September and October also proving popular.

Natural features

Falmouth stands on the sea

Falmouth's intimately linked to the water. It sits between the sloshing waves of the English Channel and the widening estuary of the Fal River. Historically, that's made it an important port town. Geographically, it imbues the place with rugged stretches of cliffs and beautiful beaches. They are shared out between the Lizard Heritage Coast to the southwest and the Roseland Heritage Coast to the northeast – 2 of Cornwall's celebrated shoreline reserves. Walks in those reveal handsome bays like Gyllyngvase and often mean glimpses of bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and seals.

Beaches

Best beaches near Falmouth holiday homes

The beaches of Falmouth are one of its biggest draws. Holiday homes are available near Wood Neck Beach, a bayside beach with pebbles and rock formations overlooking the bay, and Lambert’s Cove Beach, a large beach with grassy dunes and calm waters for swimming, sunbathing and picnics. You’ll also enjoy Falmouth Beach, a white-sand beach with rock jetties and gentle surf.

How to get there

How to get to and around Falmouth

The nearest airport is in Newquay (NQY-Newquay Cornwall), located 21.5 mi (34.7 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Penmere Station, Falmouth Town Station and Falmouth Docks Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly activities near Falmouth holiday homes

Falmouth has plenty of attractions for kids of all ages. Holiday homes are available near places like Woods Hole Science Aquarium, an aquarium with exhibits and touch tanks featuring local sea life, and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, an expansive estuary with nature trails, boating, beaches and marshland. Kids will also like Mass Audubon’s Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary, a wildlife refuge on vast lands with hiking trails and native species.