8 Facts About Falmouth

January 08th, 2021

Falmouth is a beautiful town on the River Fal on the south coast of Cornwall. As a port town, Falmouth has a rich maritime history and a strong connection to the sea. Here we take a look at some of the most fascinating facts about this area of Cornwall.

Henry VIII Built Pendennis Castle

Perched upon the hillside, overlooking the bay stands Pendennis Castle- a strong and dramatic castle that adds an element of charm to the scenery around Gylly Beach.

However, its purpose couldn’t be further from adding scenic wonder. It was actually erected in 1540 on the instruction of Henry VIII to defend the Carrick Roads.

Together with the castle situated in St Mawes to the east, the Falmouth estuary was well defended from potential attacks.

Sir John Killigrew Created Falmouth Town

It wasn’t much time after the completion of the castle that the town of Falmouth was created in 1613 by Sir John Killigrew.

In 1665, the town was bestowed with a new church entitled the “King Charles the Martyr” and soon after, a few hundred homes were built around the area for church-goers.

Great Tourism Rates Since 1863

With the development of Falmouth Docks in 1858 and the introduction of railway services to the area in 1863, the town was thriving with business and tourism.

Falmouth currently has three railway stations to service the town – Falmouth Docks Railway Station, Falmouth Town Railway Station and Penmere Railway Station. Falmouth is noted as one of the key resorts in the UK’s number one tourist destination, with Cornwall attracting an average of 4 million visitors a year!

Falmouth is an Award-Winning Town

In 2016, the town was credited with the highly prestigious accolade of GB High St Best Coastal Community.

Falmouth is a Hub of Creativity

Falmouth is home to one of the leading art universities in the UK, but in addition to the creativity the students bring to the town, there are many creative industries located in Falmouth. With a host of shows and exhibitions, Falmouth arguably holds the title for the most creative town in the UK!

Falmouth Has the Third Deepest Natural Harbour in the World

Falmouth’s harbour is the third deepest natural harbour in the world. It measures up to 34 metres in depth. It is only beaten by Sydney Harbour and The Port of Mahon.

Maritime History

Many notable events have taken place on Falmouth’s waters – and has been the starting or finishing point of many sailing achievements, including Robin Knox-Johnston’s in 1969, who was the first person to sail around the world non-stop and single-handedly.

In addition to that is Ellen Macarthur, who also completed this challenge in 2007, and is the fastest person on record to do so.

There are 111 steps up to Jacob’s Ladder

Something that catches the attention of tourists is the steps from The Moor in the heart of the town up to the Jacob’s Ladder pub. There are 111 steps in total and they were built by property owner and builder, Jacob Hablen, to link his business to the tourists and locals who gather in the town.

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