Get the most from your stay near the Cornish coast at The Royal Duchy Hotel and explore Falmouth and the rest of Cornwall.
Cornwall is a stunning backdrop for the likes of walking, sailing and a whole host of watersports. And thanks to Cornwall's seriously long history, the landscape is flecked with historic sites from throughout the centuries.
To help you plan your trip, we've pulled together a list of some of the things to do in Falmouth and the surrounding area.
10% off when you stay with us
Welcome to Penelewey Tours Cornwall, your gateway to discovering Cornwall’s rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Explore hidden gems and iconic landmarks with their knowledgeable guide Becky and create unforgettable memories.
10% off when you stay with us, discounted tickets must be purchased online
Since they were rediscovered 25 years ago, these have become some of the most popular botanical gardens in the country, with an enthralling history stretching back hundreds of years.
AK Wildlife Cruises offers more lengthy boat tours based at Falmouth Marina. Join them in search of some of the fantastic marine wildlife to be found in Falmouth Bay, such as seabirds, dolphins, seals and basking sharks!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Windsurfing, Skyaking, SUP or Sailing? Whichever water-based hobby you’re planning to pursue on your holiday, Elemental UK have hire equipment available.
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.
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!
Flambards is Cornwall’s leading theme park. In Helston, Flambards offers rides, activities, entertainment, an indoor play area, an undercover museum and more.
Hall For Cornwall is a thriving theatre in the heart of Truro, Cornwall. Staging everything from classical to rock concerts, and musicals to drama and more...
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.
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.
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.
You will never forget your first visit to the spectacular biomes, as you wander deep in a rainforest and through gorgeous Mediterranean gardens. Eden always has a lively programme of entertainment that are educational and huge fun.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Catch a film at Falmouth's local cinema when you stay with us.
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.
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.
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.
Trebah Gardens are a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Visit to discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpath. Follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to our their own secluded beach on the Helford River.
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.
From giant cliffs which plunge into the sea, leafy pathways that ramble along estuaries and views which reach out to an endless, hazy horizon, Cornwall is a walker’s paradise. In just 296 miles of coastline, wander through mining heritage country, discover King Arthur’s Cornish hideaway and cool off in private and hidden coves. It’s time to put those walking boots to good use.
Cornwall is a paradise for golf lovers. Our glorious countryside is home to some of the best golf courses in England.
Whether you are an organised golfing group or a smaller group, our team are very knowledgeable about the golf courses in our local area and would love to help arrange your golfing break.
Here are some of the highlights in Falmouth's events calendar to help you plan your trip. There are all kinds of wonderful events happening all year round in Falmouth and the surrounding area; ranging from festivals, shows, and everything in between.
You'll also find all of our hotel events listed here which include festive experiences, summer barbeques and more!