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Explore Cornwall


Use the links below to plan your trip – we’ve recommended Cornwall beaches, places to eat in Cornwall, suggestions for activites and sightseeing tips. With so much to do, you’ll want to come back year after year!

Castles + Gardens


Nearby Towns + Cities

Food + Drink


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Castles and Gardens

With an array of historical Cornish castles and gardens on our doorstep there are plenty of great day trips to be had. Request at reception for your discount vouchers to:

Pendennis Castle

Built by Henry VIII and steeped in history, Pendennis Castle is a discovery centre packed with activities enabling visitors to get to grips with history. It is located on the headland with superb views across Falmouth and the Harbour.

St Mawes Castle

Located in the quaint town of St Mawes, St Mawes castle is a Tudor-era fortress built to withstand invasion from the continent. It is located close to Falmouth, and accessable via the St Mawes Ferry.

St Michael’s Mount

Walk through 1,000 years of history on this island adventure. Cross the St Michael’s Mount causeway to the historic harbour and village, and scale the mount to view the house and gardens.

Glendurgan Garden

Famous for it’s laurel maze, Glendurgan Garden flows down to the hamlet of Durgan where you will find a small but perfectly formed beach. A family favourite, this National Trust garden includes subtropical gardens, carpets of wild flowers and a giant’s swing.

Trebah Garden

Trebah Gardens is a beautiful and tranquil garden with a Water Garden, Hydrangea Valley and Rhododendron Valley. There is a lovely restaurant for a bite to eat and shops to browse. Children will love the play parks, activity trail – as well as the secluded beach – accessible from the bottom of the garden.

Tremough Gardens

Whilst staying with us, make sure you explore our award winning Tremough Gardens on campus. Discover the walled garden and herbaceous beds,18th Century lime avenue, fruit producing orchard and Italianate garden and terraces. 

Beaches in Cornwall

With over 400 beaches in Cornwall, there are plenty to choose from. Here’s our pick of just a few of the best Cornish beaches – Falmouth beaches and beyond, for you to explore.


Maenporth Beach is a beautiful sandy cove situated just two miles from Swanpool beach. Perfect for sunbathing, exploring rockpools, fishing and all kinds of watersports activities.


Just 10 minutes to Falmouth centre, Gyllyngvase beach has stunning views and a trendy Gylly Beach Cafe. The beach is a Blue Flag Beach status indicating high environmental and quality standards


A perfect family beach with so much to keep the little ones amused. A nature reserve as well as watersports and kayak hire, Swanpool Beach is a great day out for all.


A good beach for families with golden sand and shallow waters, Castle Beach in Falmouth is perfect for playing in rockpools and snorkelling.


One of Cornwall’s finest beaches with three miles of golden sand, huge surf and sea as far as the eye can go.


A mecca for surfers in Newquay. Long and sandy, families will find Fistral Beach just as perfect as those interested in the waves.


Porthcurno Beach has soft sand for families and is perfect for more experienced swimmers with a stream close by for paddling.


Atlantic swells make Watergate Bay a haven for surfers with sweeping sands and open spaces for building sandcastles.

Local Towns

Centrally located, there is easy access to stunning coastlines and beautiful local regions. Whatever the weather, the following towns and attractions have something to suit all tastes.

Penryn (2 miles)

Penryn is one of Cornwall’s most ancient towns and was founded in 1216 by the Bishop of Exeter. Its charming high street comprises mainly of buildings dating back to Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian times. Within walking distance of your accommodation.

Falmouth (3 miles)

Rich in maritime history, Falmouth is the site of Pendennis Castle. Falmouth is a wonderful place to meander around the local shops and soak up the atmosphere in this historic, yet vibrant, harbour town.

Truro (8 miles)

Truro is the centre for administration for Cornwall and boasts a beautiful cathedral, top rated theatre and a fantastic range of shops from well-known names to independent boutiques. if the tide is right, you can catch a ferry from Falmouth to the heart of Truro or a train on the maritime rail link from Penryn.

Helston (12 miles)

Helston is the most southerly town in Great Britain, being 1.5 miles south of Penzance. Nearby Flambards and Poldark theme parks are also worth a visit. This historic market town is famed for Spingo beer.

Newquay (21 miles)

Situated upon the Atlantic cliffs, Newquay is a relaxed town, popular for its nightlife. With contemporary music and surf festival Boardmasters situated outside of the town, Newquay is a popular summer destination.

St Ives (25 miles)

With something for everyone, a visit to St Ives is a great day out. With its maze of cobbled streets, boutique shops, cultural attractions and beaches galore, you’ll want to return again and again.

Food and Drink

Something to suit all tastes. Cornwall has some of the best food and drink in the country.

Muddy Beach Cafe

Contemporary venue, with a relaxed atmosphere, offering delicious breakfast, lunch and evening menus and panoramic views overlooking the river.

The Thirsty Scholar

A pub with great ales, the Thirsty Scholar is a popular local haunt. It’s vegetarian friendly and it’s about a 20 minute stroll from our Glasney Rooms.


A new family run Indian restaurant – Daaku has opened on Islington Wharf, Penryn offering a range of delicious, fresh, seasonal and local produce for vegan and meat eaters to delight your palate.

Gylly Beach Cafe

Sat on Falmouth’s Gyllyngvase beach and with views of the Lizard peninsula, eat fresh, locally sourced food at the family-run, award winning Gylly Beach Cafe.

The Stable Falmouth

Right in the heart of Falmouth on Custom House Quay, The Stable Falmouth has two private dining rooms upstairs with an open kitchen and views across the harbour. Downstairs has a rustic charm with original wooden beams and exposed brickwork.

Rick Stein’s Fish

In Falmouth’s Events Square and serving Rick Stein’s favourite dishes. Fish and Chips for all of the family. Eat in or takeaway.

Nearby Attractions

Cornwall is bursting with fun attractions. Centrally located, there is easy access to stunning coastlines and beautiful local regions. Whatever the weather, the following attractions have something to suit all tastes.


Famous for its surfing scene, Cornwall offers something for everyone, no matter the level. Come and learn the basics, or for the more experienced surfers, just get out there and hit the waves.

The Eden Project

Combining transformational environmental projects with learning experiences for all and year round events, the Eden Project is a fantastic day out suitable for everyone.

Geevor Tin Mine

Based in Penzance, visit Geevor Tin Mine to explore Cornwall’s rich mining history and culture at this award-winning visitor attraction.

Orca Sea Safaris

Enjoy sailing across the beautiful waters of the Carrick Roads in Falmouth with Orca sea safaries.
See how much of the local wildlife you can spot en route.

The Camel Trail

Running from Wadebridge to Padstow, cycle, walk or run The Camel Trail. Feeling especially energetic?

Head back the other way!

The South West Coast Path

Take in the scenic beauty of the Cornish coast in bite-size chunks exploring the South West Coast Path, enjoying dramatic landscapes and beautiful sandy beaches in equal measure.

Falmouth Week

Falmouth’s annual sailing and yachting regatta has fast become the largest in the South West. Activity on the water during Falmouth Week is matched by a lively shoreside programme of daytime and evening entertainment and finishes with a magnificent firework display over the harbour.

The Poly – Falmouth

The Falmouth Polytechnic is a beautiful 19th century cultural centre with galleries for live performances, film screenings, comedy, cabaret and art exhibitions.

Princess Pavilion

Offering a varied programme of entertainment from concerts to comedians, dance classes, workshops and arts and crafts. The Princess Pavilion also boasts a wonderful bar and bistro situated in the exotic Victorian gardens of Gyllyngdune.


Offering rides and attractions from its Helston base, Flambards offers fun for all the family.

There are special discount rates for groups throughout the year.

Minack Theatre

Cornwall’s famous open air theatre carved into the cliff at Porthcurno. The Minack Theatre presents drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of settings. A must-visit for theatre lovers.

Falmouth Maritime Museum

So much to see and do at this multi award winning Maritime Museum. With hands on activities, talks, lectures, rotating events and exhibitions, there really is something for everyone.

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