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About Falmouth

A scruffily picturesque seaside town in Cornwall, Falmouth is quickly becoming a popular destination for tourists. Full of art galleries, boutique shops and fantastic bars - all strewn along a beautifully secluded harbour teeming with superyachts and fishing trawlers - it is the ideal place for a beach holiday or a quiet seaside retreat. Whether you're munching on a Cornish pasty from one of the many award-winning pasty shops, soaking in the sunshine at Gylly Beach or spotting dolphins at Pendennis Point, you will be struck by the old-world-tranquillity of this charming town. The best places to stay in Falmouth range from quaint inns to high-end hotels.

Strolling through Falmouth is a genuine pleasure. You will be met with the grave facades of granite houses, colourful stucco terraces and a great many non-conformist churches. The main street bustles with life, teeming with lovely little galleries featuring work from local artists and students from the Newlyn School nearby. Throughout the town are pasty-shops - the majority of which are award-winning - selling one of Cornwall's greatest exports: the Cornish Pasty. Head into The Dog and Smuggler, one of the leading contenders for being the original maker of the famous pasty.

The harbour is a lovely place to walk, particularly in the soft light of evening. Flanked by two castles - Pendennis and St. Mawes respectively - it is a perfectly secluded bay bustling with fishing trawlers, family dinghies and the superyachts of the super-rich. Pendennis Point is a great place to watch dolphins, sharks and seals from, and Falmouth generally is one of the best places in the UK to do this. An even greater way to explore the harbour is to do so via paddleboard. If you've come to Falmouth for surfing, then you will also find many surfing shops scattered about the town.

What not to miss:

  • Check out the Falmouth Art Gallery, featuring some amazing work by local artists and students from the nearby Newlyn School.
  • Go paddleboarding around the sheltered harbour.
  • Immerse yourself in the National Maritime Museum, boasting a 30m lookout tower with beautiful panoramic views of the harbour and a brilliant undersea gallery.
  • If you're in Falmouth in June, be sure to join in the festivities during the International Sea Shanty Festival!
  • Eat a Cornish pasty at one of the many award-winning shops about the town. For best results, try The Dog and Smuggler.
  • Soak up the sun at Gylly Beach and grab a bite of fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants.
  • Go dolphin and seal-spotting at Pendennis Point.

Falmouth is a charming and picturesque seaside town and due to this it can get quite busy during the summer months, so in order to ensure a room at one of the best places to stay in Falmouth, we recommend organising your trip early.

The best places to stay in Falmouth

For a B&B

  • The Sandy Duck: with 7 light and contemporary rooms, gorgeous sea-views and free-standing baths, this is a delightful B&B. Very romantic, with easy access to Falmouth's major sights.

For Great Value

  • Merchants Manor: effortlessly classy and just a stone's throw from the beach, guests can enjoy a spot of yoga or delicious food from the award-winning restaurant. In the heart of town, ideal for local exploring. Unbelievable value.
  • The Chainlocker: 6 charming nautical-themed rooms set around a lively pub. Excellent seafood at the restaurant. Great value!

For Weekend Breaks

  • The Royal Dutchy Hotel: a luxurious sea-facing hotel complete with a fine-dining restaurant, champagne bar and indoor pool. The full package.

For a Spa Break

  • St Michael's Hotel: ideal for a cleansing spa holiday, offering a gourmet restaurant and state-of-the-art spa and gym alongside 32 comfortable and contemporary rooms.
  • The Greenbank: a truly beautiful luxury hotel. There is a spoiling spa, incredible seafood restaurant and gorgeous minimalist rooms, all with divine sea-views. Spellbinding.

For an apartment or cottage

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of apartments and cottages in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Fly to London and get a train from London Paddington to Falmouth.
  • If you want to rent a car we recommend you contact our partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to go is during the summer months when the temperature ranges between 15 and 25 degrees.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Falmouth

  • Merchants Manor Falmouth (South Cornwall) 39 rooms from £63

    Located in the heart of Falmouth, Merchants Manor is just a short stroll from the beach. Boasts smartly decorated rooms featuring plenty of blues and whites. Award-winning cuisine served up in the restaurant, with an emphasis on local ingredients. Unwind with a spot of yoga. A classy coastal stay.

    Sights nearby  -  Go visit Pendennis Castle, St Mawes Castle or Trebah Gardens
    Great walks  -  Head off for long, romantic walks along the coast at sunset
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • The Chainlocker Falmouth (South Cornwall) 6 rooms from £65

    The Chainlocker combines a prime coastal location with stunning modern interiors in muted tones. The rooms have quirky vintage furnishings and a subtle nautical design. The views across Falmouth from the expansive terrace are second-to-none, as is the seafood in the restaurant and the lively bar.

    Coastal  -  Unrivalled waterside views of Falmouth quay and the spectacular beauty of Carrick Roads
    Outdoor dining  -  Expansive outdoor terrace with phenomenal views
    Great walks  -  Stunning coastal walks along the South West Coast Path
    Sailing  -  Falmouth is famous for its port and sailing options
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  • St Michael's Hotel Falmouth (South Cornwall) 32 rooms from £100

    Designed for indulgent spa retreats, St Michael's Hotel is fully focused on providing a comfortable stay. Featuring deluxe rooms, a state of the art spa and gym facility, as well as an excellent restaurant, this hotel has all the components for a superb stay on the south coast.

    Sailing  -  The surrounding coastline is perfect for sailing holidays.
    Great walks  -  Superb walking trails along the surrounding coastline.
    Birdwatching  -  The surrounding coastline is a haven for birdlife.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • The Sandy Duck Falmouth (South Cornwall) 7 rooms from £119

    A chic boutique B&B boasting spectacular sea views. Immaculately styled throughout with white washed walls, crisp white linen and carefully placed artefacts. The best room features a large free standing bath. Well positioned to access the beaches as well as Falmouth's many attractions.

    Local exploring  -  With as easy access to buzzy Falmouth as to the beautiful countryside of Cornwall.
    Sailing  -  Explore the coastline on a sailing trip and search for dolphins, seals or basking sharks.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the imposing Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII.
    Great walks  -  Get out of the town and discover Cornwall's coastline.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • The Greenbank Falmouth (South Cornwall) 50 rooms from £169

    A luxury hotel in the glorious town of Falmouth. Chic rooms are simply dressed with crisp white linen, shades of blue and the best have fantastic sea views. Unwind in the pampering spa and feast in the award winning restaurant. With endless activities in the area this is an ideal British escape.

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located on Falmouth's historic coastline and within easy reach of the town's main attractions.
    Sailing  -  Take to the water for a morning or afternoon with Falmouth School of Sailing.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the sub-tropical Trebah Garden.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • The Royal Duchy Hotel Falmouth (South Cornwall) 45 rooms from £198

    An elegant hotel boasting fabulous sea views. Spacious rooms are simply dressed with white-washed walls, softly patterned fabrics and boast luxurious bathrooms. A fine-dining restaurant, champagne bar and indoor pool are utterly spoiling. The perfect destination for a weekend break.

    Local exploring  -  Falmouth offers a host of outdoor and cultural pursuits.
    Surfing  -  Praa Sands and Kennack sands both offer some good breaks for sufers.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the mighty fortress, Pendennis Castle.
    Great walks  -  Stroll through the sub-tropical Trebah Gardens.
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