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Explore Falmouth and Pendennis Castle

Take a beautiful ferry trip, explore a beautiful maritime town and a dominating castle.



Plan your day...

  1. Take the St Mawes Ferry to Falmouth - 30 mins
  2. Stroll through Falmouth up to the castle - 1 hour
  3. Explore the castle - 1/2 hours
  4. Stroll down to Gylly beach - 20 mins
  5. Lunch - 1 hour
  6. Head for the ferry - 30 mins
  7. Return ferry - 30 mins

Total day out: 5-6 hours

Top Tips

For a perfect day...

  • Wear good walking shoes.
  • Take a camera, you might see some Dolphins.
  • Grab a guidebook with info for ferries, lunch and the castle.

Find the Ferries

Pendennis Castle

Gylly Beach Cafe

Visit Falmouth and Explore Pendennis Castle

Visit Falmouth and Explore Pendennis Castle.


Pendennis Castle is one of the finest Henrician Forts in the country.

Head to Falmouth on the beautiful classic wooden ferries and then stroll through Falmouth up to the majestic Pendennis Castle and explore its grandeur.

If thats not enough, head down to Gylly beach cafe and enjoy Falmouth's most popular beach!

1. Jump on the St Mawes Ferry

Hop aboard one of our beautiful classic wooden ferries from St Mawes Quay.


Use your Fal Mussel Card Visitor and cruise across the Fal River in stlye.

Along the way, enjoy the panoramic views of the Carrick Roads and see the fortresses guarding the roads.

You'll also be able to the working docks at Falmouth and if you're lucky, some Dolphins and sea birds.

Use a Fal Mussel Card  | Timetable | Meet the Fleet

2. Walk to Pendennis Castle

Stroll through Falmouth.


Falmouth has a rich maritime heritage with its iconic harbour.

Walking past the docks up to Pendennis Castle will show you the beating heart of industry in Falmouth. The magnificent walk will offer uninterrupted views of the Carrick roads as you climb up to the castle.

Falmouth | Pendennis Castle

3. Explore the Castle

This stalwart of the Cornish coast overlooks Falmouth and is a place where history comes alive.


Built on the Pendennis headland by Henry VIII in 1545, it affords spectacular views of the Fal Estuary.

Later additions include the huge Elizabethan rampart. Pendennis Castle displays a range of artillery defences from the early years of the use of gunpowder to the Second World War.

A lively Discovery Centre, finely detailed room reconstructions and regular tours to the underground magazines help bring to life the complex functions and history of Cornwall's greatest fortress.

Pendennis Castle | Falmouth

4. Get some lunch

Head down to one of Cornwall's best beaches.


Gylly beach is Falmouth's favourite. It's lush sand is popular amongst locals.

It's a great spot to grab a bite to eat, it has Gylly beach cafe which with it's beach side spot, is a great place to take in the fantastic views.

It's local sourced food friendly atmosphere makes it a relaxing place.

Gylly Beach Cafe | Falmouth

5. Return to St Mawes

Head for home...


Stroll back to the ferry and head back home.

Simply head back down to Prince of Wales Pier or Customs House Quay and head for home.

St Mawes Ferry Timetable

Check the Ferries...

Grab a Guide Book...

Pick up a Mussel Card...

Did you enjoy your day?