The charming maritime port town of Falmouth is one of the
southernmost towns on the British mainland. It is known for its
location at the end of the Carrick Roads, an immense river estuary
that empties into the world's third-deepest natural harbour.
Falmouth's livelihood has always been closely linked with its
Falmouth's prosperity was such that in 1540, Henry VIII built
Pendennis Castle to defend the Carrick Roads and the port from any
potential attacks. In later centuries, Falmouth continued to
make its fortunes, delivering mail and other cargo to the
ever-expanding reaches of the British Empire.
Nowadays, Falmouth remains an important centre for shipbuilding
and repairs, though it is also one of Cornwall's most popular
resorts. Attractions here include the atmospheric remains of
Pendennis Castle, as well as the excellent National Maritime
Museum, which boasts one of the largest nautical collections in the