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Falmouth

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Falmouth is a town, civil parish and port on the River Fal on the south coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It has a total resident population of 21,797 (2011 census)HistoryThe name Falmouth is of English origin. (Present-day Cornish language enthusiasts translate it as Aberfal or Aberfala based on Welsh precedents.) It is claimed that an earlier Celtic name for the place was Peny-cwm-cuic (which translates to English as 'head of the creek') which is the same as the anglicised "Pennycomequick" district in Plymouth.Early historyFalmouth was where Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle to defend Carrick Roads in 1540. The main town of the district was then at Penryn. Sir John Killigrew created the town of Falmouth shortly after 1613.In the late 16th century, under threat from the Spanish Armada, the defences at Pendennis were strengthened by the building of angled ramparts. During the Civil War, Pendennis Castle was the second to last fort to surrender to the Parliamentary Army.After the Civil War, Sir Peter Killigrew received royal patronage when he gave land for the building of the Church of King Charles the Martyr, dedicated to Charles I, "the Martyr".
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Popular things to do in Falmouth

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Trebah Garden ©
Garden
Trebah Garden Mawnan Smith
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
The Flicka Foundation - Donkey Sanctuary ©
Wildlife Area
The Flicka Foundation - Donkey Sanctuary Penryn
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Pendennis Castle ©
Castle
Pendennis Castle
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
National Maritime Museum Cornwall ©
Specialty Museum
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Falmouth

St. Michael's Mount ©
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St. Michael's Mount Marazion
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Duration: 2h 30 min
The Lost Gardens of Heligan ©
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan Pentewan
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
Fistral Beach Bar ©
Beach
Fistral Beach Bar Newquay
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Eden Project ©
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Eden Project Bodelva
3.6
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Falmouth

Falmouth Lifeboat ©
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Falmouth Lifeboat
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Gylly Adventures ©
Outdoor Activity
Gylly Adventures
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Duration: 4 hours
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.9
Duration: 4 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Falmouth

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Glendurgan Garden ©
Garden
Glendurgan Garden
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Swanpool Beach ©
Beach
Swanpool Beach
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Gyllyngvase Beach ©
Beach
Gyllyngvase Beach
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Durgan Beach ©
Beach
Durgan Beach
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Duration: 4 hours

Wildlife in Falmouth

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Walkitcornwall.co.uk Penryn
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Duration: 4 hours
Sail A Classic ©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Sail A Classic
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Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Falmouth

Potager Garden ©
Garden
Potager Garden Constantine
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Queen Mary Gardens ©
Garden
Queen Mary Gardens
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Enys Gardens ©
Garden
Enys Gardens Penryn
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Fox Rosehill Gardens
Garden
Fox Rosehill Gardens
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
AK Wildlife Cruises ©
Boat Tour
AK Wildlife Cruises
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Lanhydrock House and Garden ©
Garden
Lanhydrock House and Garden Bodmin
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
The Big Sheep. ©
Theme Park
The Big Sheep. Bideford
4.2
Duration: 8 hours

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