Falmouth Harbour

Falmouth Harbour and Carrick Roads are a large natural harbour which was formed in the ice age. It has a busy ship repair yard and is probably the busiest harbour in Cornwall. It is a very popular boating area and is popular amongst tourists. Falmouth is the home of the National Maritime Museum and the adjacent events square hosts many festivals during the year.


Swanpool is a lovely sandy cove and freshwater lake, separated only by narrow section of land with the road running along it.

The lake is home to many different species of birds and other wildlife due to the mixed habitats of saltwater and freshwater.

Swanpool is situated between Maenporth and Gyllyngvase Beach.




Maenporth is a cove situated between the Helford River and Falmouth. It has a lovely sandy beach which provides shallow waters for swimming making it ideal for families.

There are launching facilities at the beach making it equally ideal for watersports.




Gyllyngvase Beach is a large curved beach on the south side of Falmouth. The road running along the back of the beach is the location of several larger hotels, many of them built in the early 1900s.

The beach slopes gently and is mainly sand but with some rock pools too making it a great family destination.


Penryn is a tidal river off the River Fal. It is mainly used by small pleasure boats and the occasional fishing boat.

Sea Fishing in Falmouth area

The piers at Falmouth produce a variety of different fish, especially during the evening, including bass, pollack, whiting, mullet and flatfish. These piers are also a great place to catch prawns using a baited drop net.


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