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Falmouth

As the world’s third deepest natural harbour (after Rio de Janeiro and Sydney), it’s little wonder that Falmouth is dripping in maritime heritage. And that in itself is a good enough reason to come here. But, with a harbour in which sleek yachts are moored alongside historic working boats, it is also home to a thriving arts scene, sandy beaches and excellent restaurants. There’s loads of things to do here, ranging from water sports and art exhibitions to beach life and festivals that celebrate life by the sea, and it’s unsurprisingly popular during the summer. But it’s worth braving the crowds for what is one of the most active, thriving yet historic towns in Cornwall.

History

When Pendennis Castle was built in the 16th century, Falmouth was little more than a fishing village on the outskirts of the main market town of Penryn. It was during the 17th century, when a local man named Sir John Killigrew instigated the development of the deep-water harbour, that Falmouth became the base for the Packet Ships taking mail to the Continent and the colonies. From this point onwards the town’s prosperity took an upward turn. Being the first (or last) stop heading out (or back) across the Atlantic, it developed rapidly. At the head of the sheltered Fal Estuary and the Carrick Roads, it was a safe haven for boats and home to a major fishing industry. By the 19th century Falmouth Docks Company had been founded, and this marked the start of the thriving shipbuilding industry that survives here to this day.

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Falmouth

Dripping with maritime heritage, yet this is also south Cornwall's premier cultural hotspot.
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