Last week I went to Falmouth. My boyfriend, A, started university there this year, so this was only the second time I’ve been here, but I really like it! (And very different from the city-life of my own uni experience.)
Being located in the south-west tip of England (like seriously! Look it up!) in Cornwall, it is obviously a lovely place to visit in the summer, but I’ve not been so lucky yet! Nevertheless, there are still some things to do in the winter.
Explore the town centre
I’ve spent quite a few hours wondering along this town’s high street (when A has been in uni classes), doing window-shopping and munching on some chips along the dock-front! It’s a cute, typical seaside town centre (with plenty of cornish pasties available!). There are also lots of really lovely independent coffee shops – a student favourite being Espressini.
There are a couple of beaches to choose from around Falmouth, and even in the winter it’s a great place to go to just sit and watch the many dog walkers!
Trips out of town
If you have a car, going to visit other Cornish towns and cities nearby is a nice way to spend some time. For example, Truro is a great place for some shopping, as well as to visit the cathedral. My favourite place we have visited (so far) is the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. It’s open summer and winter (although opening times change), located along some winding country lanes. It’s a place for rescued seals and pups to recover and be rehabilitated, before being released back into the sea. With it being seal breeding season September to March, there were quite a few pups there when we visited. I made friends with a boisterous noisy and show-off (but absolutely adorable) seal pup, named Goose.
Yes, it’s not exactly a quick drive or train journey away (4 trains, 7 hours!?), but Cornwall does have perks – like more sun and warmer temperatures! I’m looking forward to some more holidays in Falmouth.