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Falmouth is a veritable water world. Climb aboard one of the many pleasure boats and ferries which ply the local waters to St Mawes, Flushing, Truro and the Helford Passage, and experience the maritime charm of this most beautiful part of Cornwall.

Of course, no visit to Falmouth would be complete without visiting Cornwall’s National Maritime Museum, which not only has 15 stunning galleries beautifully illustrating the past, present and future of this island nation but also offers a number of stunning exhibitions.

The Fal Estuary's deep water and sheltered anchorage have been of strategic importance to the defence of Britain. To counter any threat of invasion, King Henry V111 had the two sister castles of Pendennis and St Mawes built on either side of the River Fal. Both now English Heritage properties, they offer a range of events for all the family.

From Falmouth's bustling waterfront, narrow alleyways lead to the busy world of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Browse around the shops and then head for the beautiful gardens of Fox Rosehill, Queen Mary, Kimberley or Gyllyngdune, each with an array of exotic plants that thrive in the region's temperate climate.

If it's beaches you are looking for then Falmouth certainly won't disappoint. Gyllyngvase, Castle, Swanpool and Maenporth are ideal family beaches, perfect for soaking up the sun, cooling off in the sea or just for fun.

Live music, family shows and dance are just some of the entertainment on offer at the Princess Pavilion. There’s also fun for all the family at the Ships and Castles Leisure Centre which has a fitness suite and a popular pool with a 70-metre flume, wave machine and a river ride.

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