Things to see and do - Falmouth
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The Cornwall peninsula: from Falmouth to St Michae :
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The Cornwall peninsula: from Falmouth to St Michae
The Cornwall peninsula: from Falmouth to St MichaeBy car, 49 km, 1 day
In Falmouth you will find Cornwall's biggest fortress: Pendennis Castle, which rises up on the headland of the peninsula at the entrance to the bay. The most spectacular way to take from here is the road going to the most westerly point of the coast. After passing alongside Glendurgan Garden, famous for its maze, you will be astonished to find that England has its own "Mont Saint-Michel" (St Michael's Mount), with a silhouette very similar to the French site!Customise this route and add it to My travel book
The sea front runs for over 1 km from Greenbank Quay to Prince of Wales Quay. The 18C houses and warehouses overlook the river.
This attractive garden with a number of subtropical trees and shrubs leads down to the hamlet of Durgan, on the River Helford. It possesses an interesting bay-tree maze and a beribboned Maypole.
Mediterranean tin merchants are said to have settled on what they called the island of Ictis in the 4C BC. According to Cornish legend, in 495 AD fishermen saw the archangel Michael on the granite rock rising out of the sea. The island became a place of pilgrimage and a Celtic monastery is said to have stood on the rock from the 8C to the 11C. In c 1150 Abbot Bernard of Mont-St-Michel off the coast of Normandy built a Benedictine monastery here, but it appropriated by the Crown in 1425 as alien property, before being finally dissolved in 1539. The rock frequently served as a stronghold from the Middle Ages to 1647, when its last military commander, Colonel John St Aubyn bought the castle as his family residence. It is now a hybrid of 14C-19C styles with a Tudor doorway bearing the St Aubyn arms, a 14C entrance hall with 15C windows and an 18C Rococo-Gothic drawing room.