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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
This magnificent 26-acre Cornish ravine garden features a rich collection of rare and exotic plants, trees and shrubs.
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Ranked #2 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Owner description: Falmouth Lifeboat Station is one of a number of stations around the coast designated as an 'Explore Station'. This means that... more » Owner description: Falmouth Lifeboat Station is one of a number of stations around the coast designated as an 'Explore Station'. This means that the station is open to visitors for most of the year, subject always to operational requirements. A team of volunteers provide free guided tours of the station's B class Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat and Severn class all-weather lifeboat. There is no need to book, just go into the lifeboat shop attached to the station. Group visits can be booked in advance. The lifeboat shop is open at the following times from 3 Match until 20 December: Monday to Friday: 10am - 4pm Saturday: 10am - 1pm Sunday: 12pm - 4pm Please visit the station website for more information. « less
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Ranked #3 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Voted the UK's most family friendly Museum 2014, Cornwall's best Museum 2014 and silver winner of UK Heritage Attraction of... more » Owner description: Voted the UK's most family friendly Museum 2014, Cornwall's best Museum 2014 and silver winner of UK Heritage Attraction of the Year at the 2013 British Travel Awards, the Museum features a number of stunning exhibitions dedicated to the sea, boats and Cornwall. The multi-award winning Museum has 15 galleries, over five floors beautifully illustrating the past, present and future of this island nation. With hands-on activities, talks, lectures, workshops, rotating events and exhibitions, there's so much happening, don't miss your chance for a visit. « less
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Ranked #4 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Category: Castles; Cultural
Owner description: 450 years of history can be experienced from Henry VIII's coastal stronghold to a secret Second World War base. A Discovery... more » Owner description: 450 years of history can be experienced from Henry VIII's coastal stronghold to a secret Second World War base. A Discovery Centre packed with hands-on activities allows visitors to really get to grips with history plus the restored defences complete with their sounds and smells show what life was really like. The drama of Pendennis at War is recalled in the Barrack Block displays and museum, including the famous ‘Butterworth Cartoons’. A day out worth talking about whatever the weather. « less
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Ranked #5 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: Lose yourself in the three valleys of Glendurgan Garden - full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Discover giant... more » Owner description: Lose yourself in the three valleys of Glendurgan Garden - full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Discover giant rhubarb plants in the jungle-like lower valley and spiky arid plants basking in the sunny upper slopes. Wander through the garden down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River: a place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sand-castles.Find a boat-seat, gigantic tulip-trees and ponds teeming with wildlife. Learn about the Fox family who created this 'small peace [sic] of heaven on earth.' « less
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Ranked #6 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
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Ranked #7 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Ranked #8 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #9 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Category: Art Museums; Museums
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Ranked #10 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
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Enys Gardens (Penryn)
Ranked #11 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
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Potager Garden (Constantine)
Ranked #12 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Penryn Museum (Penryn)
Ranked #13 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Category: Museums
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Ranked #14 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
Category: Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: A Whistle-stop Visit… The aquarium is located in a four-storey town house in the heart of Falmouth teeming with colourful... more » Owner description: A Whistle-stop Visit… The aquarium is located in a four-storey town house in the heart of Falmouth teeming with colourful marine life including lionfish, clownfish, frogfish, moray eels, seahorses, garden eels, shrimp, starfish and pipefish --- The first floor -- emphasising the history on our doorstep – including a tank replicating a pier and what lives below it. This area currently displays tanks with sea bass, mullet as well as a 5ft adult sea porpoise skeleton as one of the feature exhibits, along with a large crawfish, large than you've ever seen! -- The second floor focuses on marine education and conservation issues around the world, complete with a life sized loggerhead turtle - demonstrating their grandness yet vulnerability around the world - as well as fossils, bones, artefacts and multimedia. We have two real shark jaws displayed, along with a loggerhead turtle skull. Make sure to watch the movie about unsustainable fishing around the world, and read on the walls about the history of the ocean through different prehistoric periods. ---- The third floor ---- is an open space ideal for classes, training, workshops, films and lectures. This is where you will find the Ocean Today multimedia exhibit, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institute.Ocean Today enhances museumgoers' understanding of the ocean realm through an enticing multi-media experience that illustrates both the ocean's influence on them and their influence upon the ocean. This enhanced understanding is called "ocean literacy."You will also see the exhibit of 30 x-ray photographs, from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, includes large mammals to small fish - portraying the beauty of fish and demonstrating why marine conservation is so important. « less
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Ranked #15 of 16 attractions in Falmouth
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Owner description: With its sandy shoreline, clear shallow water and a treasure trove of rock pools, the beach at Maenporth is brilliant place... more » Owner description: With its sandy shoreline, clear shallow water and a treasure trove of rock pools, the beach at Maenporth is brilliant place for a picnic - but so is Swanpool beach, for all the same reasons, and it has the added advantage of a nature reserve behind with an abundance of wildlife. This short 1.7 mile stroll on the South West Coast Path links the two beaches: walk back the same way, or catch the bus. « less
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