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Getting around Falmouth

We will be arriving on a cruise ship (Princess). Do we arrive in town or will we need transport to town from the ship. Also, is Falmouth small enough to walk around or will we need taxis. Thanks so much.

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1. Re: Getting around Falmouth

Not sure where cruise ships dock, but was in Falmouth last year and everything is very walkable, so unless you are not very fit, you won't really need taxis.

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There is a shuttle bus that runs round town on a 1 hour cycle. I think there is a one-off charge of £3.50 (about 6 USD) per person per day. You could ride this round its route to get a view of beaches, castle, port, shops, etc. I don't know how close to the ship it will pick up but last month we walked from the town rail station into and round town. There is another rail station nearer to the port. You may need a taxi to town for speed and convenience but after that the main street is only about a mile long.

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3. Re: Getting around Falmouth

Hi the Cruise ship will be arriving just on the edge of the town - but it's within a short stroll (2 mins) to the start of the town and Yes it's a small town and it is easy to walk from one end to the other with lots of small individual shops to browse in on the way :) depending on how long you have here, you could visit Pendennis Castle which is just a 6 mins walk up to the headland or visit the Maritime Museum located just on the waterfront near the docks. Hope this is of help and hope you have an enjoyable trip here. Caz

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4. Re: Getting around Falmouth

Thank you all so much. We are looking forward to visiting Falmouth and your input helps a lot.

Someone suggested we may want to hop on a train and go down to Land's End. Is it possible?

Thanks again.

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5. Re: Getting around Falmouth

You can't get a train all the way to Land's End - the line only goes as far as Penzance. Falmouth is on a branch line so I think you'd have to get a train (or a bus) to Truro and change there for the line to Penzance. From Penzance you can get a bus to Land's End, but one of the locals will have to tell you which one, I don't often find myself that side of Penzance!

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6. Re: Getting around Falmouth

Just re-read your message - do you have just a day in Falmouth? How long? I probably wouldn't bother with the Land's End bit, to be honest, not in that time. It would take a while...

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7. Re: Getting around Falmouth

Hi, I agree i wouldn't bother with Lands End its too tacky and the best way to see the End of Cornwall would be to walk around it - which to be honest you wouldn't be able to do in a day. Why don't you visit Marazion, Nr Penzance and go to St.Michaels Mount - you could catch the branch train from Falmouth which would take you to Truro and then go down to Penzance (Marazion is within walking distance of the Station along the beach front - or you could catch a bus). Or go to The Lizard Point a beautiful place (like Lands end used to be before commercialisation took over!) - im not sure if Falmouth have any bus tours to take you there otherwise you would have to catch a Truronian Bus to helston and onto the Lizard from there?!? If you want further info i'll find out for you. Caz :)

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8. Re: Getting around Falmouth

The bus I mentioned is on firstgroup.com/ukbus/…

- I was wrong about the frequency, its only every 2 hours though !

Trains leave Falmouth Docks about once an hour for Penzance, taking 80 minutes (change at Truro), see thetrainline.com and remember for dates we put the day first and the month second ! Or just go to Truro and look at the cathedral.

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9. Re: Getting around Falmouth

Thanks to all of you - it is really helpful. Think our trip will be great because of the news.

We will probably do the town, Pendennis Castle and St. Mawes or St. Michael's Mount.

Thanks again - I'm new to TripAdvisor. It is really a good service.

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10. Re: Getting around Falmouth

If it is just the one day ashore I'd recommend staying local. Ie Pendennis or St Mawes Castle.

Penzance station is walkable to Marazion but it's a bit of a step so with 3 hours of train journey and at least an hour of walking won't leave long for actually seeing the Mount.

Restricted to one full day I'd suggest getting the train to Truro ASAP. It's a nice ride, couple of viaducts that cross valleys so nice views.

Have a little wander in Truro - perhaps see the cathedral if that's your thing. Bite of lunch somewhere perhaps.

Then take the river boat back to Falmouth (if you've not had enough of being at sea already). http://www.enterprise-boats.co.uk/

Depending on tide it'll leave from Town Quay or Malpas (maybe if it's Malpas have lunch at The Heron?) There is a free bus between the two.

If you're got a bit more time you could even use the boat to go to St Mawes and then take the ferry to return to return to Falmouth.

Have a good time.

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