Maritime Line

Visit Falmouth's busy harbour, beaches, art galleries and more - all within five minutes' walk of the station.

How to visit by train

With its Maritime Museum and castles, plus a wealth of fantastic places to eat, there’s lots to do in Falmouth.

Falmouth Town station is just a short 20-25 minute journey from Cornwall’s capital, Truro.

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

Hit the beach

Falmouth is home to some great beaches within each reach by train. Gyllyngvase Beach (pictured) is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Falmouth Town station (map) and has a great beach cafe open all year round.

Another beach under 10 minutes’ walk from the station is the family-friendly Castle Beach (map).

Or a little further afield, Swanpool Beach is just 5-10 minutes further along the coast past Gyllyngvase Beach (map). The crystal-clear waters are great for snorkelling, and there’s an excellent water sports centre where you can try kayaking or windsurfing. There’s also an onsite café.

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

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 (booking advised – especially in school holidays). 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 has stunning views and beautiful gardens to explore and is well worth a visit.

Its sister castle, Pendennis (pictured), is 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.

Please buy your ticket on the GWR app or website if you can.

20-25 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.

Great fares from further afield




Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

1h 55min

Approximate journey time




Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

1hr 35min

Approximate journey time


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More Destinations

  • Truro Cathedral


    Truro is Cornwall’s capital and a vibrant centre for shopping, art and culture. This compact little city has a warren of streets in and around its impressive Gothic Cathedral which are home to a variety of independent retailers from bookshops to boutiques.

  • Perranwell station by Mark Lynam


    Perranwell is a rural village midway along the line. There’s a circular walk taking in some of the lovely countryside on our Walks from the Railway page.

    The village pub, the Royal Oak, is on both the Maritime Line Rail Ale Trail and is included in the Maritime Line Foodie Guide.

  • Penryn


    Penryn is one of Cornwall’s oldest market towns and is steeped in history. There are lots of interesting independent shops and cafes to explore and plenty of fine Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian buildings to spot.