Maritime Line

Explore this vibrant town steeped in maritime history.

How to visit by train

With its beaches, great array of independent shops and eateries, Maritime Museum and castles, there’s lots to do in Falmouth.

It is just a short journey by train from Cornwall’s capital, Truro.

Photos: Top & footer photos courtesy of Falmouth Town Team.

Hit the beach

Falmouth is home to some spectacular beaches within each reach by train. The wonderfully named Gyllyngvase Beach is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Falmouth Town station as is the family-friendly Castle Beach.

Swanpool Beach (pictured) is just 5-10 minutes further along the coast past Gyllyngvase Beach (see map) and is a great place for all the family. Once there you can easily spend the whole day.

The crystal-clear waters are great for snorkelling, there’s an excellent water sports centre where you can try your hand at kayaking or windsurfing and with the onsite café there’s no need to leave if you get peckish.

Swanpool Beach

Maritime Museum & independent shops

From Falmouth Town station it’s a short walk into the heart of Falmouth with its streets full of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

As you walk into town you will pass the National Maritime Museum (pre-book to visit). Located on Discovery Quay it celebrates the rich maritime heritage of Cornwall and has some fabulous exhibitions and talks throughout the year.

Carrying on down the main street you will be spoilt for choice for places to have a coffee or a bite to eat.

Right in the heart of the town is the great little independent café Picnic which has all sorts of wonderful produce from Cornwall as well as takeaway sandwiches and pasties. You can pre-order a picnic lunch which comes with top tips for the best places to eat it in and around Falmouth.

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Tudor castles

Head to the Prince of Wales Pier where you can catch a ferry over to delightful St Mawes.

This pretty riverside village has a picturesque harbour and small fishing fleet as well as plenty of walks and attractions to keep you entertained for a couple of hours.

St Mawes castle (prebook to visit) has stunning views and beautiful gardens to explore and is well worth a visit.

Its sister castle, Pendennis (pictured – pre-book to visit), is located a 10-minute walk from Falmouth Docks station and is equally fascinating.

Both castles were built at the time of Henry VIII and were part of a series of fortresses protecting against invasion from the Spanish.

The ferries run all day so once you have enjoyed St Mawes, hop back on the ferry to Falmouth and onto the train back up to Truro.

Pendennis Castle

Coming by train

Falmouth has two stations: Falmouth Town and Falmouth Docks. Falmouth Town is the more central of the two, and recommended for most trips.

Latest travel advice (17th May 2021)

Face coverings must be worn on public transport and in stations unless you are exempt. If you can, please buy your ticket online on the GWR app or website. Please also remember to wash your hands and use social distancing. Read more on GWR’s Covid advice page.

24 minutes from Truro

Falmouth town centre is 10-15 minute walk from Falmouth Town station or 20 minutes from Falmouth Docks

Buying Tickets to Falmouth

Truro to Falmouth



Off-Peak Day Return. Valid after the morning peak, and anytime at weekends or Bank Holidays.

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Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

1h 55min

Approximate journey time




Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

1hr 35min

Approximate journey time


Maritime Line

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