In Brief

Classification: Town
Twinned with: Douarnenez in Brittany, France, and Rotenburg an der Wümme, in Lower Saxony, Germany
Population: 21,797 in 2011
Notable former residents: TV presenter Paul Martin, plus novelist Joseph Conrad once lived in Falmouth for just under a year
Films shot in town: ‘World War Z’ (2013) and ‘The Secret Garden’ (2020)
Interesting factoid: Dame Ellen MacArthur started and finished her epic sailing voyage around the world in Falmouth in 2007


Welcome to the world’s third largest natural harbour. And what a harbour it is, right out there on the beautiful Fal Estuary. This is one of Cornwall’s biggest towns, with that fine harbour on one side and some fab sandy beaches on the other. There’s plenty of Tudor history here too, complete with castles like the famous Pendennis, and some of the fab shopping and eating options are among the best that Cornwall has to offer. Add to this Falmouth University, which is one of the top establishments for students in the creative industries in the UK, and you have a seaside town like no other, with attractions, beaches and events galore.