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Until the middle of the 16th century, the only building in Falmouth was Arwennack, the home of the Killigrew family. However, Henry VIII recognised the value of one of the world’s finest natural harbours and built Pendennis Castle on the headland. After this, the Killigrews developed the town. Facing Falmouth, across the estuary of the Fal is St Mawes, which boasts another defensive castle.

Bosanneth 1 Stracey Road, Falmouth, TR11 4DW Tel: 01326 314649
Cotswold House Hotel 49 Melvill Road, TR11 4DF Tel: 01326 312077
Crill Manor Hotel Maen Valley, Goldenbank Tel: 01326 211880
Dolvean Hotel 50 Melvill Road, TR11 4DQ Tel: 01326 313658
Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel Gyllyngvase Beach Tel: 01326 310500
Falmouth Waterfront Holidays Harbour's Reach Tel: 07710 252583
Green Lawns Hotel Western Terrace TR11 4QJ Tel: 01326 312734
Gyllyngvase House Hotel Gyllyngvase Road Tel: 01326 312956
Hawthorne Dene Hotel 12 Pennance Rd TR11 4EA Tel: 01326 311427
Headlands 4 Avenue Road Falmouth TR11 4AZ Tel: 01326 311141

Lerryn Hotel De Pass Road, Falmouth, TR11 4BJ Tel: 01326 312489
Meudon Hotel Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, TR11 5HT Tel: 01326 250541
Park Grove Hotel Kimberley Park Road TR11 2DD Tel: 01326 313276
Poltair Emslie Road, Falmouth, TR11 4B Tel: 01326 313158
Rathgowry Hotel Gyllyngvase Hill TR11 4D Tel: 01326 313482
Rosemullion Hotel - Falmouth - 01326 314690
Rosslyn Hotel 110 Kimberley Park Road TR11 2JJ Tel: 01326 312699
St. Michaels Hotel and Spa Gyllunvase Beach Tel: 01326 312707
The Falmouth Hotel Castle Beach TR11 4NZ Tel: 01326 312671
The Greenbank Hotel Harbourside TR11 2SR Tel: 01326 312440

The Hawthorne Dene Hotel 12 Pennance Road Tel: 01326 311427
The Oasis Guest House - Falmouth - 01326 311457
The Palms Guest House 11 Castle Drive TR11 4NF Tel: 01326 314007
The Red House 24 Melvill Road Falmouth TR11 4AR Tel: 01326 311172
Trevelyan Guest House 6 Avenue Road TR11 4AZ Tel: 01326 311545
Trevoil Guest House - Falmouth - 01326 314145
Waverley Guest House - Falmouth - 01326 313766
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Before the founding of Falmouth, Penryn was the main settlement in that area. Here a ghostly coach, drawn by headless horses, is said to appear just before Christmas each year. People must avert their eyes when it passes or they will be spirited away. Although there were objections from Penryn, Falmouth received a charter from Charles II in 1661 and there was soon a cluster of a few hundred homes around the new Church of King Charles the Martyr. The church is worth visiting as it has some interesting Cornish medieval windows.

Early in the life of the port the Falmouth Packets began to carry mail to distant parts of the world. This hastened the development of Falmouth until the 1820s when mail delivery was taken over by the Admiralty. However, the advent of the railways brought a new kind of trade to Falmouth and, by the end of the 19th century, tourism was doing well.

Today tourists can enjoy Falmouth’s lovely beaches, at the opposite side of the town to the harbour. These sandy stretches are where many of the main hotels stand and they are ideal for swimming. Swanpool Beach is the furthest from the town centre and there is a boating lake close by. From the Prince of Wales Pier, pleasure boats cruise up the River Fal as far as Truro, and a ferry runs across to St Mawes. Some of the boats call at Trelissick House, where the National Trust gardens are worth seeing. In addition there are cruises to the Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek, immortalised by Daphne du Maurier.

Apart from the attractive old shops and many cafés and restaurants, Falmouth is the site of a thriving art school, which holds regular exhibitions. Falmouth Art Gallery may be visited free of charge and the National Maritime Museum is in the town centre. On the other side of The Moor on Killigrew Street is a flight of 111 stone steps known as Jacob's Ladder. There is a good view of the town for those who have the energy to climb up there.

There are many attractive old pubs in Falmouth, many of which serve food and some of which have occasional live music. The Falmouth Arts Centre is a venue for film and theatre and the Princess Pavilion hosts shows during the season. Falmouth is also a good centre for anyone wishing to explore this part of Cornwall.

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