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Falmouth in general
Member Name: wxcat
Falmouth in general
Date: 22/09/09, updated on 29/09/09 (52 review reads)
Advantages: Old, Good Museum, Lots of History
Disadvantages: Road network in to Falmouth is poor.
We went to Falmouth for half a day trip after while on holiday in Newquay this July, trying to go to the bigger places in Cornwall. We decided to go into the park and ride outside Falmouth as there seemed a huge emphasis on trying to get tourists to park in it and not go into the town in cars. In the end we decided to do the Park and Float service into Falmouth, which was £11 for 2 of us and a car and a return journey by boat right into the centre of Falmouth. Expensive but a nice experience, and gets you quickly into the centre of Falmouth and journeys every 30 minutes. And I must say a wonderful commentary while we on the boat going into Falmouth.
Once in Falmouth you have the National Maritime Museum in a new development on the seafront with some shops and restaurants, although half the shops there seemed empty, not sure if that's the effect of the credit crunch! As you go the other way into Falmouth the windy main street is full of shops, ranging from the tourist and boutique shops you get in Cornish towns to the High Street favourites such as Boots, New Look, Greggs, among others. There was a Woolworths, still proudly empty on most our High Streets looking forlorn and empty. The small main street wasn't made for two way traffic and now you understand why they put so much emphasis on Park and Ride into Falmouth, as it easily jams up with the amount of people and cars trying to get through.
Near where you get off the boat, there was a shop (can't remember the name!) that sold everything, I don't think I've seen a department store that sold so much random things, from guitars to knitting, pet food to stationery. I expect it's a real asset to local people, as our villages and towns get decimated to out of town shopping.
Overall it took us about an hour to get up and down the main street, Falmouth is pretty small in comparison to other Cornwall towns, and after a trip to the National Maritime Museum we were heading back on boat ride to the car avoiding the rush hour traffic!
I had considered Famouth as one of my choices of univeristy to go to, but decided against going for a vocational qualification and ended up with an academic one, other than being 100's of miles from anywhere big, I do sometimes wonder if I made the right decision?
Summary: A boat trip and a national maritime museum! Not a bad day out!
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