Falmouth, Cornwall, England Cruise Port

The English town and cruise port of Falmouth, Cornwall is located on the Fal River in the United Kingdom and has a rich history. For starters, Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle in 1540 to defend Carrick Roads (which, despite its name, is actually a harbor) from France and the Holy Roman Empire. By 1689, Falmouth was operating as a post office, as it was usually the first port that Royal Navy ships would visit to both receive and pick up mail to deliver elsewhere. Science fans know that Charles Darwin's HMS Beagle anchored at Falmouth in 1836, at the end of his survey voyage around the world; literature buffs know that Kenneth Grahame began writing The Wind in the Willows within its walls of the Greenbank Hotel. Whether you’re here for its charm or to explore its past, here are some of our favorite experiences while cruising to Falmouth, Cornwall:
 
  • Henry VIII's Pendennis Castle is more than a fortress built against marauders, thanks to its gorgeous coastal views. After you check out the various displays and cannon room inside the castle and take a stroll around the grounds, there's a cafe to have a bite and something to drink.
     
  • To experience a sub-tropical wonderland in England, visit Trebah Garden. With miles of footpaths punctuated by colorful rhododendrons, magnolias, and camellia, Trebah is rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world.
     
  • The award-winning Falmouth Art Gallery includes one the leading collections of art in southwest England, which includes a wide variety of works by French Impressionists, major Victorian artists, and popular surrealists; you'll also find children's book illustrators, contemporary painters, and printmakers.
     
  • SWhen it's time for a break from all of the walking and exploring, Swanpool Beach is an area favorite. If you want to mix relaxation with activity, there are plenty of water sports here, such as kayaking and windsurfing, or check out the nature reserve. Visitors have waxed enthusiastic about the café – especially its "Quirky Ice Creams," created from local ice cream covered in Cornish clotted cream and topped with the extras of your choice.
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