Things to do in Falmouth

Get the most from your stay near the Cornish coast at The Royal Duchy and explore Falmouth and the rest of Cornwall. Enjoy a break filled with adventure, outstanding attractions and beautiful beaches. 

To give you a helping hand, we've pulled together a list of some of the things to do in Falmouth and the surrounding area. 

Barbara Hepworth Museum

Barbara Hepworth Museum

Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth-century artists.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

With stunning views over the estuary, BF Adventure occupies a 60-acre site that hosts a massive range of adventure sports, including zip wire, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, archery and coasteering.

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Bonython Estate Gardens

Bonython Estate Gardens

Situated on England’s southernmost Lizard Peninsula, Bonython Estate offers excitement and surprises, with colour and interest in all seasons. Magnificent shrubs, a walled garden, lakes and a woodland walk, enjoy the atmosphere of peace and calm.

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Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

Visit us at the aviation centre, taking a stroll through the Hardened Aircraft Shelter. Sit inside the Hawker Harrier jet, along with several other classics. Chat to the experienced team – who will only be too happy to tell you about the history and previous roles of our fleet of aircraft.

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East Pool Mine

East Pool Mine

East Pool Mine is one of the most important mines in the area. On your visit, explore the inner workings of this monument to the industrial revolution and experience the lives of Cornish miners from days gone by.

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Falmouth Golf Club

Falmouth Golf Club

Falmouth Golf Club welcomes all visitors and societies to our established par 72 golf course which winds its way along Cornish cliff tops with stunning views across Falmouth Bay, in the southern part of Cornwall. Our facilities cater for all levels of golfer, from beginner onwards.

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Falmouth Motorboat Charters

Falmouth Motorboat Charters

Enjoy a skippered half day or day charter of the luxury cruiser Windana with Falmouth Motorboat Charters. You can cruise along the coast or even out to the Isles of Scilly!

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Flambards

Flambards

Flambards is Cornwall’s leading theme park. In Helston, Flambards offers rides, activities, entertainment, an indoor play area, an undercover museum and more.

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Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

We are a family-run farm located deep in the heart of Cornwall, near Newquay. We’ve been making the most of our apples for over 30 years, and are now proud makers of an array of award-winning ciders, wines, spirits and preserves.

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Kernow Adventure Park

Kernow Adventure Park

Kernow Adventure Park is Cornwall’s hidden outdoor activity centre, for family days out and thrill-seekers, with an Aquapark, open water swimming, wakeboarding and paddleboarding all set on a secret, tranquil, crystal-clear lake sunk into the earth. With a glass-fronted clubhouse, and its own beaches, this idyllic quarry is a little oasis, a safe playground and a social sanctuary cocooned within nature.

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Lamorran Gardens

Lamorran Gardens

Lamorran is a subtropical, Italianate inspired garden on Cornwall's beautiful Roseland peninsula.

A garden of many levels, it is situated on a south facing slope, and is surrounded on three sides by the benign influence of the warming sea. St Anthony’s headland sits across the water, creating a protected inlet to St Mawes and the river beyond.

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Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre

Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre! The Minack is a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean. Drama, musicals and opera every summer, together with music, comedy and story-telling events.

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National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

An award-winning museum with 15 galleries spread over five floors. These excellent exhibits bring to life the maritime history of or island nation, right up to the present day. There are lots of hands-on activities to try. 

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Newlyn Art Gallery

Newlyn Art Gallery

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange offers a wide and varied exhibition programme across our two sites, presenting contemporary work in all media by regional, national and international artists, with a supporting programme of events.

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Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo

Just a short distance from the famous town centre and beaches of Newquay is their wonderful zoo. Animals include Lions and other big cats, Lemurs and Meerkats, lots of Monkeys, Red Pandas, Penguins and Zebra. A packed day of talks and feedings mean there's always something to see. Take the family to "run wild, explore and release your inner animal".

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Paradise Park

Paradise Park

140 species of animals, 650 birds, daily events, bird of prey displays, penguin feeding, indoor play areas and much more all add up to make Paradise Park, in Hayle near St Ives, a wonderful place for the whole family to visit. 

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Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle

A mighty fortress built by Henry VIII to defend Britain against invasion. The castle boasts an interactive exhibition and fantastic 360 degree views of the estuary. 

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Polgoon Vineyard Tours

Polgoon Vineyard Tours

Our vineyard tour and tasting takes approximately 90 minutes and includes a stroll around the vineyard and orchard with a peak behind-the-scenes at production processes. It concludes with a guided tasting of 5 award-winning wines.

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Princess Pavilion

Princess Pavilion

The Princess Pavilion is a year-round live music venue and theatre complex offering a wide programme of excellent entertainment, including music, drama, comedy, arts and crafts.

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Ships & Castles Leisure Centre in Falmouth

Ships & Castles Leisure Centre in Falmouth

Housed in a spectacular glass-roofed building on Pendennis Headland, there is a fully equipped fitness suite and fitness studio, and a spectacular leisure pool, which boasts a wave machine and 70 meter flume, with a shallow beach area for younger children.

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Skinners Brewery Tour

Skinners Brewery Tour

In 1997, armed only with his own surname, a chap called Steve Skinner dreamed of setting up a community brewery in Cornwall. On the banks of the Truro River, he and his family brewed a ground-breaking golden ale and named it after the tin-mining faeries of local myth.

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St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Castle

Spend the day exploring St Mawes Castle, one of the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated.

Part of a chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, St Mawes would have guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads alongside Pendennis Castle.

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St Michael's Mount

St Michael's Mount

Stoop through ancient doorways and glimpse the castle’s changing faces – from priory to fort, iconic castle to family home. Wander century-old corridors and unravel the history of the St Aubyn family, who have lived here since the 17th century. Discover treasures from the Mount’s past, from religious roots to times of siege and conflict.

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The Eden Project

The Eden Project

Housing the largest rainforest in captivity and stunning plants the biomes at Eden are spectacular. 

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Discovered under a tangle of weeds this 200 acre garden is bursting with history, mystery and romance. 

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Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens

Located near Mawnan Smith, this Cornish valley garden has over 4 miles of footpaths, full of exotic plants. 

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Trelissick Gardens

Trelissick Gardens

With over 300 acres, a shop, cafe and second-hand bookshop, there's plenty to keep you busy on a day out. 

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Trewithen Gardens

Trewithen Gardens

Trewithen means ‘house of the trees’ and with 30 acres of surrounding woodland gardens and more than two hundred acres of parkland, the name couldn’t be more appropriate.

Offering a rich history and huge variety of beautiful specimens – if you are looking for gardens to visit in Cornwall, a trip to Trewithen is a must.

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Water Sports

Water Sports

Praa Sands, between Helston and Penzance, and Kennack Sands on the Lizard peninsula both offer some good beach breakers for surfers, while the challenging conditions at Porthleven, near Penzance, put it on every experienced surfer’s must-see list.

The Falmouth area has great conditions for water sports, including sailings, kayaking and surfing. Big Blue Watersports on the Lizard offer lessons in windsurfing and kayaking for all age groups and abilities.

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