At the end of October, we visited Falmouth; Cornwall, UK. The reason for our trip was to visit Liam’s brother who studies at the local university.
Falmouth is a coastal town which sits on the south coast of Cornwall which has 5 beautiful beaches and a port which sits on the River Fal. The town is a popular tourists destination and it’s clear from our experience why. We by no means experienced everything but this is what we got up to during our fun packed stay.
Places to Visit
During our week, we visited a few of the local spots to chill out. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to visit places such as the National Maritime Museum Cornwall or the art museums, but we did have the chance to check out a couple of the local bars, one of the beaches and the beautiful Queen Mary Gardens.
Beerwolf Books is a bar that is also home to a small bookshop. As a book lover, this was a really novel concept and was a fantastic experience. We spent the evening drinking some local beverages whilst being able to chill out in a really relaxed atmosphere and checking out the books on offer. Most of the books were also at a really reasonable price and cheaper than if you’d get similar books at the major brands.
The Games Room
The Games Room is a relaxed, modern bar where you can hang out and play some great games with friends. They have something here for everyone including snooker & pool tables, ping pong tables, air hockey and darts along with a very large selection of free to play board games which you can help yourself too. We sat and played Monopoly (Game of Thrones version for an added twist!) and completely lost track of time; we easily spent 2 hours in the venue and didn’t feel pressured at all to leave. We also saw people playing Chess, Checkers and family playing a trivia game.
Shortened to Gylly beach by the locals, this is the most popular beach in Falmouth and is a blue flag beach meaning it holds up to extremely high safety and environmental standards. It’s also home to Cornwall’s first dedicated stand-up Paddleboard centre – we saw a few people taking part whilst we were there and it looked like so much fun.
We were able to walk to the beach from where we were staying, just outside of the town centre, in about 15 minutes to arrive so it’s convenient for tourists staying in the area.
We took time to sit and have a bite to eat from their take away cafe which is directly on the beach (the best bacon butty we’ve had for a long time!) and then took a wander up the beach for some rock pooling. Although Gylly Beach isn’t boasted as the best for this activity, that would be Castle Beach just a couple of minutes further up the coast, we had a lot of fun! Hannah was a first-time rock pooler so this was a perfect introduction as it wasn’t too difficult a terrain to navigate. Although we didn’t see any fishes, we did take some incredible photographs
Queen Mary Gardens
Situated behind Gylly Beach, Queen Mary Gardens are a tropical oasis which was opened in 1912 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Mary, the wife of King George V. This is a really relaxing space; you forget you’re so close to the beach and lose yourself in the vast array of weird, and wonderful plants and trees that you really don’t expect to see the UK. We enjoyed a half hour or so walk around them and they are a photographers dream!
A popular adventure during our week was to take advantage of the main shopping area.
The long, vibrant street is busy and boasts plenty of well-known brands, such as Mountain Wearhouse and Seasalt (which became a favourite of ours by the end of the week), as well as some lovely independent shops. The street itself was a lovely walk but the window shopping, along with some actual spending when the debit cards allowed and was a different experience each time we visited.
Steps… lots and lots of steps!
Falmouth, and Cornwall, in general, is very, very hilly with lots of steep paths and these were ‘interesting’ to navigate. As a person with co-ordination difficulties associated with Dyspraxia, Hannah struggled at points; especially with really high curbs with steps to get down them with no grab rails. These were easily navigated by staying on the road, however, there was one set of stairs that we needed to take a diversion to avoid entirely.
Not that Jacob’s Ladder, as was assumed by people we spoke to before visiting, but Falmouth’s own incredible set of steep stairs.
Jacob’s Ladder is a set of 111 steps and was commissioned by Jacob Hamblem who had a business in the heart of the town (the bottom) and another property (at the top) and wanted to link the two together. The Ladder is now used as a link by members of the public to the town centre, those of whom are brave enough anyway.
The steps are incredibly steep and uneven… from what we saw standing at the top looking down and then later on in the day, after taking a longer but gentler route into town, the bottom looking up. We didn’t attempt the steps but we did see others, assumably locals, go for it – mostly coming down, only a few incredibly fit souls seem to attempt going up them! Either way, a very pretty little feature of Falmouth.
When we travel, we just love to try the food and drink that’s been produced locally. It gives you the chance to try things that you otherwise may not be able to and also enjoy some fresh produce. Over the week we tried:
- Rattler – Cloudy Cornish Cyder. A very lovely cider, it’s becoming more available around the rest of the UK, certainly in the Midlands, but it was really nice to be able to order this on draft in pretty much every pub visited.
- Cornish Pasties – You can’t go to Cornwall and not have a pasty! We visited the ‘Oggy Oggy Pasty Shop’ (Oggy – a Cornish word for Pasty!) which is a chain of pasty shops down in Cornwall that serves a variety of different flavours of pasty. Between us, we had a Lamb & Mint, Pork & Apple, Chicken & Chorizo and of course a Traditional Steak. All of them were so filling and genuinely lovely meals for our lunches.
- Dead Man’s Finger – an appropriately piratey name for some local rum; and certainly strong enough for a pirate to approve! This rum is a Cornish Spiced Rum which was developed by a Cornish Resturant which has some Vanilla and Orange tones. Probably the best rum we’ve had – we’re now looking to order some online.
- Fish and Chips – Harbour Lights, Falmouth – Harbour Lights is a Fish & Chip shop which overlooks, as the name suggests, the Harbour. This restaurant has won a few local awards for it’s Fish and Chips, including being crowned the best in the UK winning the National Fish and Chips Award for best Independent Resturant, and it’s certainly clear why. The fish was freshly caught and the chips were really quite yummy and not greasy in the way that other fish and chip shops produce can sometimes be. They also left us a small piece of rock at the end of the meal which is a novel gesture!
Our Overall Experience
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay in Falmouth. The area boasts some incredible views which we just had to keep stopping to admire. The place is so relaxed, even with tones of other tourists during the height of October half term, and peaceful. We certainly didn’t get to do everything in the area and there are bits that when we return we’d like to do.
Definitely, a recommended destination to visit from us!
*This post is in no way associated or sponsored with or by any of the brands or products that we have mentioned. All views are our own and we were in no way financially, or otherwise, persuaded to review any item mentioned in this post. We genuinely did enjoy all of these places, food items and experiences and want you to be able to trust what we say is all our own views and beliefs.