Why visit Falmouth in October?

11th September 2017

Falmouth is fabulous… even in October.

Perhaps we should say that Falmouth is fabulous, especially in October. There’s a crisp edge to the autumn air, the bracing breeze heading inland from the sea blows the cobwebs away and there’s the chance to enjoy the beauty of this town away from the busy summer crowds.

We know that some visitors love to come to the Royal Duchy Hotel out of season which is why we have a special offer throughout October, except for the half term week. There are lots of things to see and do out and about in Falmouth and the surrounding area and plenty to enjoy inside the hotel too. There’s our indoor heated swimming pool and the beautiful retreat spa with sauna, indulgent treatments and hot ceramic beds.

The Pendennis Restaurant has been awarded AA Rosettes for its innovative menu - traditional British cuisine with a contemporary twist, often drawing on influences from Asia and the Mediterranean. With seasonal changes to the menu you can experience those deep, rich flavours of autumn.

Our autumn offer, from 18 September-21 October, starts at £89 per person for room and breakfast for stays of two nights or more in a standard inland room or £104 to include dinner

If you’re keen to have a “grown up” visit to Falmouth and the Royal Duchy Hotel, here’s our top five suggestions of things to do, in alphabetical order!

A is for Appetite

The Falmouth Oyster Fest is Cornwall’s biggest and best-loved specialist food festival which celebrates the start of Falmouth’s unique oyster fishery season. The four-day festival offers cookery demonstrations and the chance to sample unusual and exciting seafood combinations. There’s live music, Cornish food, arts and crafts, local ale and wine, working boat racing, a grand oyster parade and a fiercely contested oyster shucking competition. With around 25,000 oysters consumed during the festival, it’s a real foody delight.

B is for Best Foot Forward

It’s easy to explore Falmouth town and the local area on foot –for the most part it’s on the flat. Falmouth is the largest port in Cornwall and there are incredible views from the coast along the South West Coast Path, which runs right through the town. There’s a lot of historic buildings that remain intact in Falmouth, so a local stroll offers plenty to see – late 18th century buildings around the High Street including the Old Town Hall, the 17th century Seven Stars pub, the 1814 Customs House and the King Charles the Martyr Parish Church (dating from 1662).

C is for Culture

Falmouth School of Art has been named by The Sunday Times as the top arts university in the country. For over a century, artists have been studying and working here and the town has a real connection with some of the best names in modern art. Falmouth Art Gallery is a really good place to start your voyage of discovery with over 2,000 artworks from Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist paintings to contemporary prints and photography and the largest modern collection of automata in a public collection. Better than that, admission is free!

D is for Drive

You don’t have to go very far to find delightful destinations, especially if you love visiting gardens. About seven miles from Falmouth are two magnificent gardens – Trebah and Glendurgan. Trebah is a 26-acre sub-tropical garden at Mawnan Smith, bursting with tree ferns, giant gunnera, palms and other rare and exotic specimens including two acres of China blue and soft white hydrangeas. Glendurgan, less than half a mile from Trebah, is another delight with conifers, magnolias, tree ferns, palms, bananas and other succulents. In the care of the National Trust, there’s also the famous Glendurgan Maze.

E is for Explore

You could visit the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth time after time and never bore of it. Changing exhibitions and displays offer plenty to see. There are more than 100 boats on permanent display including items from the National Small Boat Collection where no craft is more than 30ft long. There are two fascinating exhibition on during October – the story of Captain Bligh and a look at British tattoo art. It’s also worth a visit to English Heritage’s Pendennis Castle, high above the town which was restored in the Victorian era and played a defence role in the Second World War.

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