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Falmouth is not Cornwall's most exciting town, but has an interesting castle with a youth hostel in its grounds. There are also several worthwhile boat trips from the pier. The port came to prominence in the 17th century as the terminal for the Post Office Packet boats which took mail to America. The dockyard is still important for ship repairs and building.


Pendennis Castle, on the end of the promontory, is Cornwall's largest fort, worth visiting for the displays inside and the superb views from the ramparts. It was an operations centre in WWII.

The Tourist Information Center is at 28 Killigrew St, by the bus station in the town centre. From the Prince of Wales pier, there are ferries to St Mawes. In summer, boat trips travel to Truro and there are excursions to a 500-year-old Smuggler's Cottage upriver.


Getting There & Away National Express has buses from Falmouth to numerous destinations, including London (6 hours). There are two-hourly buses to Penzance (one hour). For St Ives, you must change at Penzance or Truro; this also applies to Newquay (except on Sunday). Falmouth is at the end of the branch line from Truro (20 minutes). In summer, you can also travel by boat to Truro (one hour); at low tide, when boats can only get as far as Malpas, there's a bus service to Truro.



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