21st April 2022

Plan your summer stay in Falmouth

Falmouth has a romantic and creative charm about it that has people returning again and again. With its historic landmarks, maritime attractions and on-water experiences, there’s always something to do. 

With Cornwall having so much to offer during the summer months, we don’t think it’s possible to get bored in Falmouth when you stay with us. So take a look at our top recommendations and start planning your next visit. 

Of course, our Guest Relations team will also be on hand throughout your stay to provide information on all the area has to offer and help you book and find places to visit and things to do. If you have an itinerary in mind, why not get in touch with them before you arrive with us to secure your summer activities.  If you need some suggestions, our Guest Relations team are more than happy to help find availability and recommend new activities to try. You can contact them by calling 01326 313042 or emailing reservations@royalduchy.com.


Hoist the sails, grab your oars or wax your board and head for the surf – summer in Cornwall would not be complete without experiencing everything that the sea around it has to offer. And it's not all about the surface either - why not take a dive or try a bit of snorkelling too?

Boat Trip to St Mawes
Distance from us:
1.6 miles to Prince of Wales pier (Ferry departure point)
Catch the ferry to St Mawes and enjoy a day exploring this quaint town full of unique boutiques and lovely restaurants overlooking the water. Perfect for an afternoon in the sunshine and perhaps a look at the historic St Mawes Castle built by Henry VIII circa 1540.

Paddle Boarding & Boat Hire
Distance from us:
Gyllyngvase Beach 0.5 miles Swanpool Beach 1.3 miles
Why not enjoy some time trying your hand (or better, your feet!) at stand-up paddleboarding or perhaps organise an afternoon of canoeing! There is nowhere better in Falmouth than being on the water and with facilities available for all ages at both Swanpool and Gyllyngvase beaches, why not give it a try!


Falmouth has so many beaches at our fingertips. Whether the sandy stretch of Gyllyngvase, the locals choice that is Swanpool or the small yet perfect Castle Beach. 

Castle Beach
Distance from us:
Situated alongside Pendennis Point with views of Pendennis Castle, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. At low tide each rock pool holds a hoard of wild treasure for you and your family to discover. The clean, safe bathing waters, rock pools and golden sands, along with Castle Beach Cafe, make this the perfect beach to relax with little ones.

Gyllyngvase Beach
Distance from us:
0.5 miles
One of the most popular beaches in Cornwall. Awarded Blue Flag status again in 2018, recognised for its cleanliness and quality of bathing water, along with being well managed and safe. Known for its wide arc of golden sand and inviting sea offering a wide range of beach activities suitable for everyone, from Paddleboarding to Kayaking and sea swimming clubs to beach yoga. Gylly Beach is manned by the fantastic RNLI Lifeguards across the summer months.

Maenporth Beach
Distance from us:
3.2 miles
A beautiful sandy cove with views across Falmouth Bay offering some superb coastal walking opportunities on-wards towards the Helford River. A gently sloping beach with shallow water and rockpools with plenty of marine life to explore making it a good choice for families with children. At low water the ship wreck of the Ben Asdale can be seen, while marine activities such as sailing, kayaking, diving and sea safaris are available for the more adventurous. Parking is right by the beach next to Maenporth Beach Cafe serving delicious freshly prepared food, served by the friendly 'Life's a Beach’ crew.

Swanpool Beach and Nature Reserve
Distance from us:
1.3 miles
A delightful swimming cove with adjoining Swanpool Lake Nature Reserve. Excellent watersport centre where you can try your hand at dinghy sailing, kayaking or windsurfing, along with crazy golf next to the lake for all the family to enjoy


Pendennis Castle
Distance from us:
0.6 miles
If you fancy keeping your feet on home soil then why not visit the sister castle to St Mawes, Pendennis. Pendennis Castle is just a 15 minute drive from the hotel and is truly spectacular with views across the whole of Falmouth. Take a picnic or enjoy a cream tea outside, wander the old castle keep and go back in time to how it would have been in days gone by. You can’t fail to fall in love with the romance and history of Pendennis, it’s one of the most spectacular attractions in Falmouth.


Falmouth Week
Falmouth Week is one of the greatest events in the Falmouth calendar. Held between 5th - 14th August, it’s the second largest regatta in the UK with around 250 yachts racing and a lively shoreside programme of daytime and evening entertainment including live music, culminating in a firework display. It is a really great time to visit Falmouth and get into the celebratory spirit!

Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival 
Join us in Falmouth 17th - 19th June for one of the largest free nautical music and song festivals anywhere! Falmouth plays host over the weekend to a large number of sea shanty groups from across the world and performances take place in a variety of locations throughout the town. From cosy pubs to professionally engineered main stages, street corners to parish churches we have them all!


Discover the world’s largest maritime museum
Distance from us:
0.5 miles
With 15 galleries over five floors, The National Maritime Museum offers visitors the chance to explore the influence the sea has had on our history and culture. This summer kids can also enjoy Pirate School where they can learn the facts and fictions behind real pirate characters.

Enjoy some family fun at Flambards
Distance from us:
Helston - 13 miles
Take to the skies as you hurtle along on a roller coaster, step back in time and explore the life-size Victorian Village and experience Britain in the Blitz. You can also enjoy the undercover soft play area or discover dinosaurs in the Jurassic Journey.


South West Coast Path
Distance from us:
1 mile
The South West Coast Path is a 630 mile long National Trail starting in Minehead, Somerset and finishing in Poole, Dorset.The Coast Path is just under a mile from The Royal Duchy Hotel. It is well known as one of the best walks in the world.

Coast to Coast Trail – Devoran to Portreath
Distance from us:
Devoran 7.6 miles 
Following the route of the old Chacewater railway with this largely off road 11 miles each way trail.  Start at Devoran with parking at the start of the route and explore the route as you pass through historic mining areas before descending into the harbour village of Portreath.  Take a break on the beach with a pasty before returning to Devoran.

Trebah Garden
Distance from us:
5.8 miles
Trebah Garden is a beautiful sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. The 24 acre gardens boast four miles of footpaths that take you through giant gunnera and bamboo forests, as well as secret lakes before ending at the garden’s very own private beach. Hydrangeas line the pathways full of colourful lilacs, pinks and whites – perfect for spring. 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Distance from us:
25 miles
Discover romantic Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Heligan is described as an exotic outdoor jungle, with over 200 acres waiting to be explored. Don’t miss the famous Mud Maid, Giant’s Head and Grey Lady.

Distance from us:
18 miles
Take the ferry from Falmouth to St Mawes, walk half a mile to Lamorran House overlooking the bay, and you will be transported to a romantic subtropical garden. Lamorran Gardens is on a 4 acre south-facing hillside with the sea and St Anthony Head as the backdrop. This intimate garden takes visitors through archways and curving gravel paths to discover different areas such as the woodland area and Japanese style water garden.

Eden Project
Distance from us:
28 miles
Based on the outskirts of St Austell, ‘the world’s largest greenhouse’ boasts both Mediterranean and tropical gardens in stylish biomes. The team at the Eden Project are committed to conservation and promote this through their rare species of plants and wildlife.