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Elemental Watersports Centre, Swanpool

 

Elemental UK - TR11 5BG 

If you've always fancied trying your hand at a range of watersports in a beautiful sheltered bay, now's your chance. Elemental watersports centre is right on Swanpool beach in the midst of Falmouth. Activities offered here include our immensely popular Kid's Club, coasteering, SUP, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and raft building. Our aim is to help you get the most from the coast by immersing yourself in the challenges and thrills of the natural world – all while learning valuable skills and having fun. (5 minutes by car - 15 minutes on foot) For more detailed information click on image.

 

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Princes Pavilion - Gyllyndune Gardens

 

Princess Pavilion - TR11 4AR

The Princess Pavilion is a year-round LIVE music venue and theatre complex offering a wide programme of excellent entertainment with big name visiting professional artists and local productions. The main Pavilion building contains an indoor theatre/multi-purpose hall and the programme features drama, variety and music from most popular musical styles including rock, reggae, folk, blues, indie and a bit of everything in between. It is set in Gyllyngdune Gardens; four acres of beautiful formal and informal gardens leading down to the seafront. With open lawns, beautiful planting, a quarry fern garden, shell grottos, a play area for little ones and an Edwardian bandstand which has seasonal band concerts throughout the summer, it’s the perfect spot to relax and explore. Open daily and admission is free. (4 minutes on foot) For more detailed information click on image.

 
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Pendennis Castle

 

Pendennis Castle - TR11 4LP

A short picturesque walk along the promenade from Gyllyngvase Beach is Pendennis Castle which is a device fort or castle, on the west side of the estuary of the river Fal near Falmouth. Together with St Mawes Castle, its companion fort on the opposite east bank, it was built to guard the entrance to the river Fal from perceived threat of French and Spanish naval attack. The castle has a Discovery Centre, which allows visitors to explore the fascinating history of the castle, complete with interactive displays and activities, including an exhibit on Tudor battles. (8 minutes by car - 25 minutes on foot) For more detailed information click on image.

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Trebah Gardens

 

Trebah Gardens - TR11 5JZ

Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden, explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms and follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to it's very own secluded beach on the Helford River. During the summer months at Trebah there are no shortage of highlights. From the sheer scale of massed plantings of Giant Rhubarb, bamboos, towering tree ferns and stately Chusan palms, there is something for everyone. Waterfalls and pools, bananas and bamboos, thickets of hydrangea covering more than two acres, the great tree fern Dicksonia antartica and Gunnera manicata are just some of the horticultural delights at Trebah. (19 minutes by car) For more detailed information click on image.

 
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Ships & Castles Leisure Centre

 

Ships and Castles - TR11 4NG

Ships and Castles Leisure Centre is located high above Falmouth with stunning views across the bay. There are superb swimming and gymnasium facilities to suit all ages. The swimming pool has lots of exciting features including a wave machine which brings the thrill of the ocean indoors to sweep you along at an exciting speed. For the children there are exciting geyser and bubble effects with places for them to practice jumping in and gain their confidence. In addition there are parent and toddler sessions available most days. If fitness is your fix, there are various classes including, to name a few, Cycle, Circuit, Yoga and Zumba. Most available on a pay as you go basis if required. (6 minutes by car - 20 minutes on foot) For more detailed information click on image.

 
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Glendurgan Gardens

 

Glendurgan Gardens - TR11 5JZ

Glendurgan is one of the great subtropical gardens of the South West. Set in a wooded valley dropping steeply to the hamlet of Durgan on the shore of the beautiful Helford Estuary. The garden is best known for its laurel maze, planted in 1833 and a firm favourite with children. Lose yourself on a walk through the three valleys of Glendurgan Garden - full of fun, informality, natural beauty and amazing plants. A place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sand-castles. On your walk back up from Durgan find a boat-seat, a gigantic tulip-tree and ponds teeming with wildlife. (19 minutes by car) For more detailed information click on image.

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Maritime Museum Falmouth

National Maritime Museum - TR11 3QY

This exciting award winning Museum has achieved wide national acclaim for its architecture, hands-on displays, world renowned boats and associated video footage, maritime heritage and interactive entertainment. With hands-on activities, talks, lectures, workshops, rotating events and exhibitions, don't miss your chance for a visit. (3 minutes by car - 12 minutes on foot) For more detailed information click on image.

 
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Trelissick Gardens

Trelissick Gardens - TR3 6QL

From wildlife watching to hunting for bugs, it really is an adventurer's paradise. Lot’s to see, including the stunning water tower - built in 1820s by Thomas Daniell, the Cornish Orchard containing 68 different apple trees, mainly Cornish varieties, the Celtic cross which legend has it that from here the local priest would preach to the fishermen in their boats and much more. Trelissick sits on its own peninsula in an unspoilt stretch of the Fal River. There are places to sit in both sun and shade, four summerhouses dotted around the garden and gorgeous riverside woodland walks to enjoy. (26 minutes by car) For more detailed information click on image.

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St Michaels Mount

St Michael's Mount - TR17 0HS

From ancient cobbles to castle walls, through time and tide, St Michael’s Mount is beckoning. Striding the causeway, or crossing by boat. Treading medieval pathways or exploring sub-tropical gardens. Climbing to the castle or uncovering stories of harbour, legend and family home. Admire the views, hear the islanders’ tales and unearth a history that lives on in every step. Through time and tide the Mount creates moments to remember. (53 minutes by car) For more detailed information click on image.

 
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Eden Project

The Eden Project - PL24 2SG

The Eden Project has a powerful story to tell and is one of the UK's top gardens and conservation tourist attractions located just outside of St Austell. A living theatre of plants and people, the Eden Project is wholly owned by the Eden Trust, an educational charity. The Eden complex comprises of a number of magnificent domes that house plant species from around the world, with each emulating a natural biome. The first dome emulates a tropical environment, the second a warm temperate, Mediterranean environment. (1 hour 6 minutes by car) For more detailed information click on image.

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Minack Theatre

 

The Minack Theatre - TR19 6JU

The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea. The theatre is at Porthcurno, 4 miles from Land’s End. The season runs each year from May to September, and by 2012 some 80,000 people a year see a show, and more than 100,000 pay an entrance fee to look around the site. It has appeared in a listing of the world's most spectacular theatres. (1 hour 15 minutes by car) For more detailed information click on image.