A great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner with that wonderful view.
The view of the house as you descend gives you glimpses of the river beyond.
This lovely house has been furnished to a high and comfortable standard and feels like a real home-from-home.
The comfortable, colourful and spacious master bedroom.
The lower garden and patio leads out to the new jetty.
The living-room is spacious with room to relax and a choice of eating inside or out on the deck.
The dining-area with views through the large picture window.
The kitchen is well-equipped and features a range cooker.
This amazing location on the side of the river bank means a walk up the steep sloping zig-zag path to the car, (4 sections) but it is definitely worth it.
The kitchen leads onto the hallway.
The view on the way down, you are nearly there!
The hallway is also flooded with light.
Bedroom 2 is furnished with a double bed, please be aware of the sloping ceilings when getting in and out of bed.
There is a handy shower and basin in bedroom 2.
Bedroom 2 is furnished with a standard double bed and is opposite bedroom 3 across the landing with the bathroom next door.
Bedroom 3 with bunk beds.
Take a book and sit by the river when the tide is in or out and enjoy the peace and quiet.
At the bottom of the garden a gate leads out to a lower patio with river access.
The view from the raised decking over the lower garden to the river.
The new jetty takes you right onto the river when the tide is coming in.
The handy downstairs loo!
The stairs between floors.
The family bathroom.
The kitchen is equipped with a butler sink.
Pop down to the Ferry Boat Inn for a drink or jump on the ferry across to Helford village.
This is such a beatiful and unspoilt part of Cornwall.
The view on the way back up the path is just as good! Why not stop to admire the view.
At the bottom of the garden a gate leads out to a lower patio with river access.
This steep but shady path leads you to the house on the river, there are a few steps at the top and bottom and half way down.
Helford House sits on the banks of this tidal river and you can spot the last section of the path down to the house with the rope railing (top right of the photo).
The views around the Helford river are spectacular.
Port Navas is a great place to explore anytime of year.
This beautiful location is hard to beat.
With high or low tide, this is a great place to spot the local birdlife on the river from the end of the garden.
Trebah Gardens are just up the road and well worth a visit and they are dog friendly.
Walk or drive down to the Helford passage a few minutes from the house where you can join the coast paths in either direction and stop at the Ferry Boat Inn to try some local fish.
The view from the pub is absolutely stunning and if you want to get closer to the water you can hire a boat from here.
What a peaceful spot.
There are a few steps at both ends of the path and half way down.
French doors open onto the raised decking.
The zig-zag path down to the house has a handrail all the way down.
Lunch with a view.
Looking back up at the house from the pontoon.
This amazing location on the side of the river bank means a walk up the steep sloping zig-zag-zig-zag path to the car, but it is definitely worth it.
Looking back up at the house from the riverbank.

Helford House


4.5 miles SW of Falmouth / Sleeps 6 + cot

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Ferryboat Inn (½ mile)

Savour fresh seafood sourced from the Helford River right on the Ferryboat's doorstep.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2017

Not for people who have mobility issues!

Nice food and lots of activity to watch but very inaccessible. Do not try it if you have any mobility problems

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Cameron April 2016


Great location! Always enjoy sitting outside for a drink after a long walk enjoying the view.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2012


We came here in October - not half term. We just wanted a snack but found the prices to high. Maybe worth outside of peak season times they run a different menu offering reasonable priced sandwiches and bowls of chips not at over £3 ago. Yes, great location but they missed out on business for 5 people as we went elsewhere.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mafi January 2012

We had a lovely lunch here on New Years Day.
Always a reliable place to get good pub food.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Coates and Mrs O'Neill November 2011

People Watching!

A very busy pub, particularly during the summer, but worth fighting for a table overlooking the beach just for the entertainment...... and the food is excellent! Being foodies, we were particularly impressed by the bread baked on the premises.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Ms Broderick July 2011

Great food with the politest waiting staff known to mankind!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lowry-Tanner July 2011

Great specials menu, lovely atmosphere, recommended.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2009

The Ferryboat Inn has just come under new owenrship and had a complete refurb by the Wright Brothers who also own the oysterage just around the corner on the Helford River. A great new menu boasting a 'farm to plate' philosophy, good looking new interior and views to delight.

- C Lattin

Nearest beach

Gate Beach (½ mile)

There are lots of rock pools to explore on this beach, just keep yourself safe by watching the tide.

Nearest walk

Helford River Walk (1 mile)

The picturesque hamlet of Helford has a lovely walk along the river, up alongside Frenchman’s Creek and then through woodland past Kestle and back to the village.

Nearest town

Helford River (¾ mile)

A lush river valley landscape of ancient woodlands tumbling down to the banks of the still, blue waters; the views will not disappoint. Utterly undisturbed, with little pockets of civilisation popping up at convenient intervals, anywhere along the Helford River will make for the perfect holiday. Kick off your deck shoes and dangle your toes in contentment, you'll feel a world away in seconds.

Also nearby

Trebah Garden (¾ mile)

Family and dog-friendly, Trebah covers 26 acres, converting a small corner of Cornwall into a sub-tropical paradise. Located above the Helford River, every inch of Trebah is covered by lush vegetation, with 100-year old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias kicking off the season with an explosion of colour.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs D September 2015

You won't be disappointed

What a wonderful place to lose yourself in nature discovering plants I had never seen before and some looked like they stepped out of Jurassic Park! We stayed into the evening for a fantastic Miracle Theatre production in the Amphitheatre called The Magnificent Three which was absolutely brilliant, great story, great cast and highly recommended, I will be looking out for their next production. Overall a very pleasing day with ice cream on the beach too, what more could you want!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs McCauley-Tinniswood July 2014

A mini paradise

This was such a wonderful find. A complete tropical paradise hidden away down the creek. You really feel like you have disappeared to a magical world here and it's a great place to escape. Beautiful water gardens and walks through the woods, which eventually lead down to a private secluded beach. Would happily come here time and again. Lovely cafe as well and there's also a cafe on the beach.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Darvell July 2014

Nice family day out

We visited the gardens on Father's Day (three generations of us!) and it was a lovely day out. It was interesting seeing all the exotic plants and following the path through the gardens to the private beach at the end where an ice cream sat on the beach is a must! The adventure play areas within the gardens were great for the kids.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Gibb June 2014

We hadn't heard about Trebah before we arrived but it proved to be a fabulous day out and the gardens were very special. Better than Eden in some ways and the weather on the day was perfect.
The walk down to the bay was superb. Also enjoyed the shop, cafe and garden centre.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Haines May 2013

We have been to Trebah several times in the past, but the garden was at it's loveliest this time, with loads of spring flowers as well as the rhododendrons etc.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Chetwode December 2012

I love trebah

Trebah is a brilliant day out, and the beach is gorgeous!!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Bradford September 2012

Trebah Garden

A really delightful garden with much to see. Although steep in places, there are plenty of benches to rest before venturing further.

The glimpse of the sea as you wend your way through the garden is really beautiful and really well worth the trip down to the bottom.

Well worth a visit time and time again.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Bowry June 2012

Gets better every time

We love Trebah Gardens, they are also dog friendly, though unfortunately we did see evidence that some dog owners were not respecting the fact that clearing up is a must if this is to continue. We really enjoy walking around the gardens and always spend at least three hours doing so. Always something different to see. Already looking forward to our next visit.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Stewart May 2012

We enjoyed that they are clearly continuing to develop and work on the garden in the 5 years since we last visited. Cafe very good and plenty of sheltered outdoor space. Plenty to see in May and an icecream on the beach was a great treat.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Trebah Garden

Wonderful garden especially in May when we were there. A beach with a cafe half way round and the ubiquitous crab sandwiches in the cafe near the entrance. We could have spent a whole day here.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

A great place to visit. Even on a dull day this provided some great views and a fascinating range of plants. The beach was an added bonus. The restaurant provided a good range of dishes, including some gluten free choices.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Manners September 2011

I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Manners September 2011

I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Worth a visit, even on a wet day. The cream tea in the cafe was so good there is no chance it could ever be matched anywhere else. Enjoyed the shop too. We spent 2 hours in the property although it's not all that large, including time at the cafe. It's advisable to go early when it's really quiet.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Wallwork August 2008

Suitable for young and old

I would recommend this garden for anyone. The walks around the garden can be taken at any pace and are endlessly fascinating for young children as well as older relatives. Even those who may not be as agile as they once were will be able to manage a good deal of the garden and there are plenty of places to stop, admire the view and rest. The staff are very helpful, always ready to discuss an unusual plant and the cafe is run by a group of very cheerful women, who provide simple but delicious food.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Nicholas August 2008

A beautiful place, starting with formal gardens at the top, winding down through subtropical exotica to a small beach. We once went there on a winter's day where there was snow at the top of the garden and brilliant sunshine once you went through the doorway onto the beach; my children said it was like going into Narnia!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs German August 2008

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008


Trebah Gardens are excellent for all the family - there is also a beach below for children to explore. Kids can take part in the quiz as they walk around the gardens which makes for a more peaceful time for the parents!

Glendurgan Garden (1 mile)

Explore the three valleys of Glendurgan and soak up every detail, from tiny flowers on the ground to soaring giants with branches reaching up to the sky. Spot as many species as you can and then test your senses in the garden’s maze. Follow the garden trails and emerge on the Helford River to skim stones on the water’s surface and watch the world go by.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Darvell July 2014

Nice gardens to walk around and explore - we particularly enjoyed the Maze - it got quite competitive with the grandparents! Also lovely cake in the café!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Foord April 2013

A refreshing change to find a relatively 'un-commercialised' National Trust garden, with the staff proud to exclaim the lack of signage throught the site!

Thankfully the booklet (£3) made a good attempt at keeping us on course, through the wiggly but very well kept pathways, steps and bridges.
We picnicked in the gardens, as did several other families there so presume they didn't mind but there was a tea room in which we gulped down a quick cuppa before departing.

Would highly recommend but with warning that it can be a little arduous with a buggy!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Clive Boon, from Essex. November 2012

Glendurgan Gardens, near Helford River. Only a few miles from Cadgwith Cove, this National Trust Garden is lovely. Great shop and tea room, really nice staff in both and a walk down through interesting flora of all kinds to a view of the Helford River. En route stop at Gweek, the view of the estuary is stunning and well worth a car-stop and walk-about. Took a very tiny lane direction to the Gardens there, quite a 'hairy' drive but views worth it.Weather poor, did not matter! Recommended. Clive & Sue

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Stewart May 2012

Enjoyable garden, good for the calves as steep paths in places. Needed a small kiosk at the beach end as at Trebah, we'd have loved an icecream while sitting on the beach. cafe at entrance lovely local freshly prepared food.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Glendurgan Garden

Little Barncroft was so close to Glendurgan Garden and we were really looking forward to our visit but sadly we didn't realise that it closed on a Sunday, even on a Bank Holiday weekend - nor did several other visitors in the same predicament.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe May 2011

A beautiful tucked away garden with an 'uncommercial' feel. The beach is ideal for children to paddle and the view across the river is beautiful. Only 25 acres, it's ideal to tie in with a visit to neighbouring Trebah (not National Trust).

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

February 2009

A lovely spot to wile away a happy, sunny afternoon. The maze provided hours of fun for the kids. If you can time your visit to coincide with the rhododendron bloom, it is well worth seeing.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2008

A nice garden, the children loved the maze and giants swing as well as the pleasant walk down to the village of Durgan. Take you beach things on a nice day and you can also walk around the bay to another good pebbly beach.
The cafe at the entrance is very nice with a good choice and can be visited even if not going into the gardens.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2008

Potager Garden and Glasshouse Cafe (1 mile)

Gardens don't get much more chilled out than this; laze in a hammock, take a snooze among the trees or take tea in the glasshouse. Potager was selected for Alistair Sawdays' 'Slow England' guide for its uniquely calm atmosphere - soak it up and enjoy the beautiful, relaxed surroundings. If you are careful with your carbon footprint and arrive on foot, bike or on the bus, entry is free to the garden!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2015

Wholesome food and hammocks

The food which is all local (mostly grown on site) and vegetarian is always incredible. The cakes are excellent and the grounds really top it off. Kids love it here, there is so much to play with and the hammocks are pretty good after a fill of frittata, tea and cake. Couldn't recommend it enough

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Cave June 2013

One of my favourite spots

Such a lovely setting and the food is excellent. As a meat eater I love their superb vegetarian breakfasts.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Binns September 2012

A friend saw the Potager Garden & Glasshouse Cafe reviewed in the Telegraph so we paid it a visit. Very pleasantly surprised. Idyllic location, refreshingly non-commercial, rambling garden areas with traditional games you can play, and a very pleasant organic cafe for refreshments and light lunches.
Well worth finding.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Warren Family May 2011

Potager Opening Times

Potager is a wonderful 'experience' and the food and atmosphere are great! Please, however, do take note of the opening times! It is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from about 10 a.m. and evening meals are served only on Fridays.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Whitehorn June 2010

Alternative Sunday Lunch

If you like weekend lunches to be long and laid back then try this place. The vegetarian menu is simple but delicious - truly 'just picked from the garden' freshness - and then find a sunny corner to while away the afternoon in this peaceful oasis. A hidden gem but restricted opening so check times.

Minack Theatre (24 miles)

Taking pride of place on the cliffs above Porthcurno, the world-famous Minack Theatre is truly one of a kind. Hosting an array of open-air events, visitors to the theatre will be intrigued and entertained by actors and musicians performing fantastic live acts. If you can tear your gaze away from the stunning Atlantic background, that is.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Potts September 2018

Amazing place !

We had booked to see a performance months ago as a friend recommended it. We were not disappointed. This is an amazing place.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Hawkins August 2018

A wonder to see

£5 each to view a theatre seems steep but when you go through the doors and see the view on a sunny day its well worth it. One of the best views Ive ever seen in Cornwall.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Halliday August 2017


Stunning views, gardens, ammenities and the actual theatre itself is worth the trip down alone. Recommended to anyone visiting Cornwall, add the MinackTheatre to your itinerary.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mason October 2016

An Absolute Must!

The views from this magical place are gorgeous and all the gardens that are painstakingly laid out between the seats are a real pleasure to see,but the theatre itself is so spectacular that it almost takes your breath away.We have been to Cornwall lots of times and have always promised ourselves a visit to the Minack but this was the first time that we had made it.I have to say that having been once we will certainly be returning.Thank you Rowena Cade for starting this truly magical place!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Heather September 2015

An absolute must!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2013

Worth a visit. Wonderful views, sea birds amazing to watch. Warm welcome good cafe, great cakes!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Harris June 2013

A unique experience!

What can one say? This was my second trip to The Minack, but my partners first. She was utterly enthralled - the production of "Mack & Mabel" was fabulous! But, let's be honest, the real star of the show is the theatre itself - absolutely tranquil setting, looking out over the sea and Porthcurno Beach while the production unfurls before you (there is something truly magical about the sound of the sea drifting in during the quiet parts of the show). Really - if you do one thing whilst in Cornwall, please make it a trip to see a play at The Minack Theatre. You surely will not regret it - and it's outstanding value for money too (less than a tenner for a seat)!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Gage November 2012

Minack Theatre – Spectacular

The story about how the theatre was created is fascinating.

The views from inside the theatre and out to sea are stunning.

Once you have visited the theatre either walk down the footpath or go to the car back at The Telegraph Museum and walk down to Porthcurno Beach. What a way to spend a day.

Anne Gage

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lincoln September 2012


Have wanted to visit Minack for ages & it lived up to expectations, fantastic views & what an amazing story.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hubbard August 2012

Wonderful evening at the Minack Theatre

Wonderful evening at the Minack Theatre performance of David Copperfield. The weather on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon had been appalling - pouring rain- but we received text updates from the Minack, and in line with the BBC weather forecast the rain stopped in time for the show and later on the moon shone over the sea. The play was very well done and we all enjoyed it, even the teenage boys. We wrapped up warmly and invested in hire of the Minack padded seat cushions with backs. This year we had stone seats with backs which were much more comfortable than sitting on the grass terraces. I booked the seats online about a month in advance, and I believe they were sold out for the week's run of the play.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2012

Squashbox Theatre - Craig

If Squashbox repeats in 2013 ...you must go and see it. Morning shows for children - but equally enthralling for Adults.
Craig is a fantastic performer and you get the chance to see the Minack.

But you will need to book - performances in August are usually sold out a few days in advance.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss AGM July 2012

Amazing and great value

I rang the theatre to ask for advice and they were incredibly helpful.Unfortunately the weather was rubbish - but the show went on and we enjoyed a great play in an amazing location - even the weather couldnt ruin the evening. Well worth a visit and good value for money.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Stockdale June 2012

Worth every penny - the history about how the theatre was created is fascinating; the views from inside the theatre and out to sea are stunning.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Lewis May 2012

Excellent attraction with fantastic views.

We tried to book tickets online prior to our visit, but the theatre was fully booked. However, when we visited during the day, we found that the booking office had received some cancellations and we were delighted to be able to get tickets for two days later . Worth checking with the booking office when you visit!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Anderson May 2012


This is truly uplifting, the story about it is amazing ,the views are simply wonderful. No plays on when we visited but truly a great place to spend some time, free car-park!! decent reasonably priced cafe, friendly staff.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Jones April 2012


We got tickets to see Titanic The Musical which was being performed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking. Adult tickets were a very reasonable £8 for the upper terraces, which gave a decent view. We all wrapped up warm with blankets and foam sit mats (essential) and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The backdrop of the sea and cliffs on the opposite side of the bay gave this show special significance. The real water gushing down the steps and the marine distress flare illuminating the sea made this a truly emotional and memorable experience.
Go to the Minack Theatre - you won't be disappointed

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Graham & Judy October 2011


Read the story of Minack Theatre before visiting and then marvel at what you see there!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Savage October 2011

Worth Going

Saw Pirates of Penzance in Sept and was fab. Do take warm clothes even if the weather seems mild and totally exposed to elements! My partner nearly had frost bite on his ears so had to buy a silly hat! Some people who were not dressed for cold weather left at the interval.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Nash September 2011

Wonderful - everyone should visit this place, truly amazing.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2011

A wonderful place to visit, for all the family. Attended chidren's storytelling session on a Tuesday morning (on Tues. & Thurs. morning during summer holidays), which was a great hit with both children and adults. Enjoyed some delicious Cornish pasties in the cafe on site before heading down to Porthcurno beach below - a great day out!Superb views when the weather is fine.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hamilton July 2011

Fantastic. Super setting for The Death of Sherlock Holmes which was funny and very entertaining. Wrap up warm, even on a summer's evening, and take cushions to sit on. Plenty of opportunity in the break to wander round and explore,taking photographs, up and down the steps. We bought fish'n'chips in Sennen to eat there which were lovely rather than have the hassle of carrying a picnic round all day.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Tourist July 2011

Great Evening

A superb location, made even better by a great performance.
Will return.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Weiner June 2011

Marvellous Minack

We loved the Minack: the turquoise sea as a backdrop to the action on the stage. We were there for a matinee on a hot September day in 2010. A traditional production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikardo by actors from Cambridge University. Many years ago, a friend had performed in this at the Minack.

Words of warning: the tiers are very steep, and the sun can be very hot: not a venue for the very elderly (who were there when we were, but a couple were overcome by heat). Recommend the canvas seat covers which make the narrow tiered seats, cut from the rock, more comfy.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Powell June 2011

The Minack Theatre

A wonderful venue. Attending at least one event is a must. Take plenty of warm clothing along with a picnic and something hot to drink because you really are exposed to the elements. Early booking is essential for many events. If you love the theatre then a visit to the Minack is not to be missed. Plenty of easy access parking.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2010

A stunning location for this original open air theatre. Fantastic views with the possibility of fabulous sunsets. If you are lucky you may also see dolphins. Book early for the summer time plays as it is very popular and remember to take a picnic and lots of warm clothing!

Jean Speake

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2008

Minack Theatre

Open air theatre built by Rowena Cade in the most stunning cliff top setting near Penzance at Porthcurno.
Whether you attend a performance or simply visit the site (there's the Rowena Cade visitors' centre and a cafe), you'll find the setting utterly breathtaking. I'm still in awe of the determination of Rowena Cade to create this utterly unique theatre where a great variety of imaginative performances take place. The weather is important, so it's a good idea to check the forecast before you book.

- J Wallwork

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Nicholas July 2008

This must be the most dramatic setting for an open air theatre in Britain. Book early if you want to go to a performance.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Gray July 2008

Wow is not enough

To say that it has 'wow' factor is not enough. No photograph does it justice. People walk in through the gates for the first time and their jaws hit the floor. Daytime visitors can enjoy the exhibition about Rowena Cade, the single lady who built the theatre with her own hands, and take refreshments in what must be the most spectacularly appointed coffee shop in the country. But it's even better to come on a summer evening when there is a show on. No trip to Penwith is complete without experiencing this unique and wonderful theatre.

Falmouth (4 ¼ miles)

When booking a Falmouth holiday cottage you won’t be disappointed with this maritime treat. The location is stunning, with winding streets and terraced roads of shops, cafes, bars and cottages - all snuggled between the palm fronted beaches along Falmouth bay and its famous harbour, overlooked and protected by Pendennis Castle and its sister castle on the opposite side of the river at St Mawes. You can leave your car at the holiday cottage as everything is on your doorstep. Or, take the river taxis up to Truro or across to St Mawes and spend time exploring another part of the Cornwall. Falmouth is well placed for discovering all of west Cornwall.

Falmouth’s maritime history is unique. Having the third deepest natural harbour in the world, it became the centre of the postal network to the British Empire and the first place news was landed before spreading across the land. It is now often the start or finish point of various ‘round the world’ record breaking voyages and the Tall Ship’s race, one not to be missed. Today Falmouth is home to the National Maritime Museum, which is well worth a visit, as well as a plethora of watersport facilities. Holidays can easily be spent sailing, fishing or diving in the bay or up the river.

A Falmouth holiday could not be complete without visiting at least one of the many galleries. Falmouth Art School was founded there in 1902 and many of the students have never left, resulting in a vibrant art scene. Much of it is inspired by the locale, the scenery is inspirational and the way of life allows for many a story to be told through creative means. Pick up a Cornish memento to take back with you and provoke happy memories for years to come.

Being on the coast, there is a family friendly shoreline to enjoy. All four beaches; Castle, Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth, are sandy and sheltered from the swells and prevailing wind, perfect for a family holiday in Falmouth. They also have rock pools at low tide for the kids (and dads) to explore to their heart’s content when they’ve finished building sandcastles and eating icecreams.

If you’re staying in one of our dog friendly Falmouth cottages you will be spoilt for choice as you are never too far from a rural walk. From the coast path with its panoramic sea views to the many footpaths criss-crossing the surrounding countryside… take your pick!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Day March 2015

falmouth to st mawes

Would recommend the boat trip across to lovely St Mawes, pretty harbour town, great pub lunch in the Rising Sun conservatory....

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mitchell January 2015

Winter break

Falmouth is good to visit any time of year and we have been in all seasons. Our recent visit in January was excellent. We found plenty to do despite some very mixed weather. As oldies we went to Rick Stein of or a vintage lunch served on Tuesday's until March very busy and cheap. We also visited Pendennis Castle and the Maritime Museum for another oldies lunch (Wednesday's) which included admission to the museum. The view on the Fal is lovely and we visited Newquay and Perranporth which out of season have beautiful deserted beaches to walk on.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2013

Falmouth and surrounding area

Falmouth has something for everyone ~ great beaches, great boating, good choice of restaurants and great accommodation. Easy access to other villages and lots going on ~ one great high street with everything you can imagine. ~Would recommend Amanzi restaurant ~ great place to eat with a South African twist.
Try visiting Mylor Harbour just a couple of miles away, great for walking and eating too. Dogs are welcome at many places in the area which is a bonus......having just spent a few days there in February will be returning again in June.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Sharon July 2012

Something for Everyone

Falmouth really does have something for everyone. Having just spent a recent week of mixed weather we were never stuck for something to do, even if it was just wandering and enjoying the bustle of local life. Everyone working in the shops, cafes, restaurants and local attractions were friendly and clearly enjoyed their work, which in turn made us feel welcomed.

Trips to St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula via the chainlink ferry or by boat make for enjoyable days out.

We also enjoyed dinner and a concert at the Princess Pavillion, with its beautiful gardens that lead down to the seafront.

Hope to visit again soon.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Matthews July 2012

The National Maritime Museum is a superb informative way to spend best part of a wet day, as the number of families and school parties evidenced. As re-entry is free for a year after the initial entry fee we decided to browse the exhibitions for part of the morning, exited for lunch at nearby Rick Stein's Fish and Chip restaurant, which was delicious if a little expensive, then re-entered the Museum to finalize our tour. The Spring/Summer Search and Rescue exhibition was of particular interest as we support the RNLI.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2011

Best town in Cornwall

Falmouth is a very honest town, un-spoilt and un-commercialised, and as such I would rate it as one of the best towns in Cornwall. We have stayed here on holiday many times in various properties, and there is always plenty to do here, which is especially important with 3 young children in tow!

The maritime museum is definitely worth a visit if you are here, this is a high quality attraction which puts some of the other so-called landmark attractions in the county to shame (Land's End to name one). You could easily spend a whole week in the town itself without venturing further afield.

Avoid restaurants such as Stein's fish & chips, and venture into the heart of town for more authentic and better value food. Short ferry rides to St. Mawes and Flushing are great fun, you can even take a ferry to Truro on the high tides.

If beaches are your thing, then Gyllngvase beach is an un-spoilt beauty and is wonderful at any time of the year.

If you like pubs (and who doesn't) then go to the Chain Locker, this is one of my all-time favourite pubs and must surely be one of the best in the country. The quayside location, and the quite excellent beer, rate it very highly. The Boathouse at the top of the High Street at the entrance to the town is also excellent.

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