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Colourful bunting flying between shops on summers day in Falmouth High Street

Explore Falmouth

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 long history, the landscape is flecked with historic sites from throughout the centuries. 

To help you plan your trip, we've pulled together an A-Z of some of the local attractions in Falmouth and the surrounding area. 



Aerial view of boat on a wildlife cruise in Cornwall
AK Wildlife Cruises

Join AK Wildlife Cruises in search of some fantastic marine wildlife around Falmouth Bay, such as seabirds, dolphins, seals and basking sharks! 

Distance: 2.2 miles [approx. 7 mins]

Barbara Hepworth sculpture
Barbara Hepworth Museum

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important 20th century artists.

Distance: 27 miles [approx. 50 mins]

Couple paddling a double kayak on the coast of Cornwall
BF Adventure

BF Adventure hosts a range of adventure sports, including zip wire, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, archery and coasteering.

Distance: 7.5 miles [approx. 18 mins]

Green Steam train on Bodmin Railway
Bodmin Railway

10% off when you stay with us

Discover the nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on Cornwall’s leading full-size railway operated by steam locomotives. 

Distance: 35 miles [approx. 1 Hour 8 mins]

Close up of pink wild flowers on coastal path
Bonython Estate Gardens

Situated on England’s Lizard Peninsula, Bonython Estate offers excitement and surprises, with colour and interest in all seasons. 

Distance: 18.2 miles [approx. 30 mins]

East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine

Explore the inner workings of East Pool Mine's monument to the Industrial Revolution and experience the lives of Cornish miners from days gone by.

Distance: 12.4 miles [approx. 30 mins]

The Eden Project
The Eden Project

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. 

Female Stand up paddleboarding at sea
Elemental UK Water Sports

Windsurfing, Skyaking, SUP or Sailing? Whichever water-based hobby you’re planning to pursue on your holiday, Elemental UK have hire equipment available. 

Distance: 12.4 miles [approx. 30 mins]

St Michaels Mount Causeway Cornwall
Experience Cornwall Tours

Drawing on their local knowledge, Experience Cornwall Tours offers a delightful and relaxed way of uncovering Cornwall's most iconic landmarks and hidden gems.

Close up of a golf ball on a green
Falmouth Golf Club

With stunning views across Falmouth Bay, Falmouth Golf Club welcomes all visitors and societies to their established par 72 golf course. Their facilities cater for all levels of golfer, from beginner onwards.

Distance: 1.7 miles [approx. 6 mins]

Lifeboat heading out to sea
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!

Distance: 1.7 miles [approx. 6 mins]

Rides a Flambards family attraction

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

Distance: 13.7 miles [approx. 24 mins]

Building illuminated early evening
Hall for Cornwall

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...

Distance: 11.3 miles [approx. 24 mins]
Row of local Cornish wines served in glasses
Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

A family-run farm located near Newquay, Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm are proud makers of an array of award-winning ciders, wines, spirits and preserves.

Distance: 16.5 miles [approx. 35 mins]

Man waterskiing
Kernow Adventure Park

With private beaches and a glass-fronted clubhouse, Kernow Adventure Park offers an Aquapark, open water swimming, wakeboarding and paddleboarding all set on crystal-clear lake sunk into the earth.

Distance: 6.8 miles [approx. 16 mins]

Sea view from beach at Lamorran
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. 

Distance: 16.4 miles [approx. 55 mins] via the King Harry Ferry 

Sculpture at the Lost garden of heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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. 

Distance: 24.4 miles [approx. 50 mins]

The 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.

Distance: 37.2 miles [approx. 1 hour 10 mins]

View of 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. 

Distance: 0.4 miles [approx. 10 mins walking]

Boats moored at Newlyn harbour
Newlyn Art Gallery

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

Distance: 30.1 miles [approx. 50 mins]

Lemar in Zoo enclosure
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.

Distance: 24.4 miles [approx. 45 mins]

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. 

Distance: 0.6 miles [approx. 14 mins walking]

Peneleway tours in Cornwall
Penelewey Tours Cornwall

10% off when you stay with us

Explore hidden gems and iconic landmarks with Penelewey Tours Cornwall.

Close up of red cinema seats
Phoenix Cinema

Phoenix Cinema is an award winning independently operated multi-screen in Falmouth.

Distance: 1.3 miles [approx. 4 mins]

Close up of red grapes growing on vine in Cornish vineyard
Polgoon Vineyard Tours

A 90 minute vineyard tour includes a stroll around the vineyard and orchard, a peak behind-the-scenes at production processes and concludes with a tasting of 5 award-winning wines.

Distance: 28.5 miles [approx. 50 mins]

View of St mawes casrle
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.

Distance: 16.7 miles [approx. 58 minutes] via the King Harry Ferry

View of road path to St-michaels-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 who have lived there since the 17th century.

Distance: 24 miles [approx. 45 mins]

Decorative footbridge at Trebah gardens
Trebah Gardens

A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop, Trebah Gardens is a beautiful Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpath and a secluded beach on the Helford River.

Distance: 5.8 miles [approx. 18 mins]

Manor House at Trewithen Gardens
Trewithen Gardens

With 30 acres of surrounding woodland gardens and more than two hundred acres of parkland, Trewithen Garden offers a rich history and a huge variety of beautiful specimens.

Distance: 19.4 miles [approx. 40 mins]

Royal Duchy Hotel Couple Walking Along Seafront with View of Pendennis

Walking breaks

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. 

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Royal Duchy Hotel Arriving Guests Greeted by Doorman Near Their Car


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. 

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Royal Duchy Hotel Local Area Falmouth High Street in Winter

Local Events

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!

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