Home to the world’s 3rd largest deep-water natural harbour and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth is the largest, most vibrant town on the Cornish south coast. It has a variety of boutique shops, restaurants, delis, galleries and live music venues as well as 8 public gardens, 4 main beaches and Pendennis Castle. The town‘s maritime heritage is inescapable with a number of sailing marinas and regular events including the Tall Ships Race and Falmouth Regatta.
Penryn is a quiet town right next to Falmouth and is one of the oldest market towns in Cornwall. Penryn has a thriving art community and is home to University College Falmouth, Loe Beach Watersports Centre and Enys Gardens a beautiful 30 acre garden with ponds, woods and displays of bluebells.
St Mawes. A glorious haven loved equally by sailors and foodies. Offering excellent pubs, cafes, restaurants and boutique shops and hotels as well as an historic castle. There’s a foot ferry to Falmouth and it’s within easy reach of Truro via the King Harry car ferry from Feock. From St Mawes, it is 2 miles to St Just in Roseland whose churchyard was described by Sir John Betjeman as “the most beautiful churchyard on earth.”
The Creeks. Nestling on the shores of the Carrick Roads estuary are a host of lovely waterside villages including Penpol, Point, Feock, Devoran and Restronguet Point.
Carrick Roads can also be crossed by the King Harry Ferry over to Feock and Trelissick Garden belonging to the National Trust. This is one of the loveliest corners of Cornwall that include Mylor, Devoran and Restsronguet Point.
St Austell is a bustling market town known for the China clay pits on its outskirts, located a mile in from the sea and the Bay it lends its name to. St Austell had major redevelopment in the 1960s when Cornwall’s only high-rise flat block was built and again at the turn of the millennium. St Austell is close to the Eden Project, Cornwall’s top eco-visitor attraction.
Charlestown is an authentic Grade II Listed Harbour used in the filming of the TV drama Poldark. Tall ships from the great days of sail populate the harbour that faces out into St Austell Bay. There are many excellent pubs, bars and restaurants that make Charlestown an excellent place to live.
Fowey (pronounced Foy) is a beautiful small Cornish town. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its deep water harbour is a haven for all kinds of sailing vessels. Fowey’s narrow cobbled streets of Medieval and Georgian buildings cluster the land as it rises up from the mouth of the Fal Estuary and out to the open sea. Fowey has many excellent restaurants and waterfront pubs. The small village of Polruan is located on the other side of the Fal Estuary.
Looe is a small town and working fishing port on the South Coast of Cornwall only 20 miles west of Plymouth over the border in Devon. Looe is a fresh fish haven, be it top-notch fish & chips or fine dining. Looe is an environmentally conscious town with its marine conservation group, nearby monkey sanctuary and boat trips to see the seals on Looe Island a once holy pilgrimage site but now home to rare plants and wildlife.
Portscatho is a scenic village located on the east side of the Roseland Peninsula overlooking Gerrans Bay. There are many unspoilt beaches close by and top notch dining options including Driftwood and The Hidden Hut.
Looe on the South Coast of Cornwall is best reached by car by turning off the M5 at Exeter onto the A38 towards Plymouth. Turn onto the A374, then the A387 and finally the B3253. Drive time from Exeter: 1hr 15 mins.
St Austell by car is best reached turning off the A30 and heading along the A391. Drive time from Exeter: 1hr 20 mins.
Falmouth by car is best reached turning off the A30 at Carland Cross onto the A39 then onto the B3292 at Four Cross. Drive time from Exeter: 1hr 50 mins.
Direct train services from London Paddington to Liskeard and St Austell run an hourly service. Journey time from London to St Austell: 4hr 12 mins
Air travel to Cornwall is served by Newquay Airport with flights to London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Leeds/Bradford, Teeside, Dublin, and Alicante.