The Maritime Line
Truro - Falmouth (Truro - Perranwell - Penryn - Penmere - Falmouth Town - Falmouth Docks)

Cornwall's major city and mainline railway junction, Truro is a fascinating place to explore. It boasts specialist shops in winding narrow streets and splendid Georgian architecture in Lemon Street. The Royal Cornwall Museum has a superb collection of minerals, paintings by Cornish artists and displays from many periods of Cornwall's history.

Dominating the city from almost every angle, the Cathedral was built for Cornwall between 1880 and 1910. Its interior is majestic and light, and well worth seeing.

Just to the north of Perranwell, the line crosses a high viaduct over the Carnon Valley, once a busy tin mining area. Perranwell is now a peaceful village and is about half a mile from the station.

A walk is a good way to discover the area, and refreshments can be obtained at the Royal Oak pub, which serves food.

Steeped in history, Penryn was founded in 1216 and flourished as a medieval port long before Falmouth existed. The Cornish tin trade in the 1600's and the granite trade in the 1800's both brought short-lived prosperity.

Today Penryn is an historic town with many fine granite buildings, mostly 17th century with Georgian fronts. Leisurely exploration will reveal Penryn's special character.

Falmouth is a premier holiday resort with excellent beaches, public gardens with sub-tropical plants, picturesque shopping streets and a magnificent natural harbour.

The Post Office's packet ships sailed from here. This maritime past is celebrated in The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, located just a two minute walk from Falmouth Town station. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall offers a unique range of experiences whether for old or young, seafarer or novice.

Pleasure Cruises depart from the Prince of Wales Pier, and provide superb views of the twin castles of Pendennis and St Mawes. Both castles were built by Henry VIII and make a wonderful visit for all the family.

Close to Pendennis Castle, the Ships and Castles Leisure Pool has a fun-packed swimming pool with a wave machine, a fitness suite and a full licensed bar.

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