Explore Cornwall

Sand dunes

While there are lots of things to do in Falmouth and Penryn, you have a whole county to explore during your time here. Cornwall is a corner of the UK rich in history, culture and heritage: its unique folklore and local traditions are sewn into the fabric of the land, and it’s all on your doorstep. 

From camping on the Lizard Peninsula to sailing the open seas, from exploring renowned surfing beaches to trekking wild coast paths, Cornwall offers countless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. 

Here, you can discover all you need to know about Cornwall’s best attractions, festivals and year-round things to do. 

Cornwall's big attractions

The Lizard and Kynance Cove 

If turquoise waters and a picturesque cove float your boat then you have to visit Kynance Cove. It's on the Lizard Peninsula, the UK's southern-most tip. Great all year round, but you will need a car to get there. 


Just a 25-minute train journey from Falmouth, Truro is a city well worth getting to know during your time at university. If you're on the hunt for vintage clothes you should make Enjoy Clothing your first port of call. Music Nostalgia, an independent record shop, is also worth a look-in if you’re into vinyl, CDs and merch. The Old Ale House is the perfect start to any night out. 

St Michael’s Mount 

A medieval castle perched on an island just east of Penzance, St Michael’s Mount is a sight to behold. With plenty of places of eat and bask in the sun, St Michael’s Mount is a summer day trip just waiting to happen. 

Further afield

St Ives and the Tate gallery 

You'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to planning day trips to idyllic coastal towns, but St Ives on Cornwall’s north coast is a must-see. Among the many shops, eateries and seafront attractions, you'll find Tate St Ives – Cornwall residents can get unlimited year-round entry for just £5.00 

The Eden Project 

Discover the world’s largest indoor rainforest, explore an array of eye-catching gardens or take to the skies on England’s fastest zip wire. There’s something for everyone at the Eden Project

Getting around

Much of Cornwall is explorable by public transport. From Falmouth train station you can catch the swell in Newquay or walk the St Ives coastline. Ferries will take you to Flushing, St Mawes and the Roseland Heritage Coast. And local bus and train services run regularly across Cornwall too. 

Stay tuned  

From international sea shanty festivals to St Piran’s Day festivities, there’s always something going on in our part of the world. Keep up to date on all things Cornwall using the links provided below: 

On the water

Revel in the north coast’s bounty of surf spots. Slip into a drysuit and deep dive into clear waters. Hoist the sails or jump into a kayak to explore tucked away bays. Whether you’re swimming, surfing, or coasteering there are plenty of opportunities to make the most of studying by the sea. 

The Students’ Union hosts clubs for all sorts of water sports, including diving, gig rowing, sailing and sea swimming, which are a great way to meet new people too. 

Watersports hire 

Need to hire watersports equipment? There are plenty of places offering watersports rentals, including paddleboard, kayak or boat hire. Here are just a few to get you started.  

  • Wavehunters, various locations 
  • Gylly Adventures, Falmouth  

Cornwall surf schools 

If you're new to surfing, why not join a surf school? You'll build confidence in the water while being supported by qualified instructors.  

A line of Falmouth University students carrying surfboards heading to the beach
Surfers Gwithian walking
Students walking on beach 2017 prospectus

On land

From rambling on Bodmin Moor, walking the dramatic coastal paths to cycling the backroads and pitching a tent in one of the many beautiful campsites across Cornwall, there’s plenty of fun to be had on land too. Why not join the Students’ Union Expedition or Climbing societies, or perhaps you’re more into horse riding? Discover all our clubs and societies for outdoor pursuits

Our top campsites in Cornwall 

  • Treen Farm, Penzance   
  • Treveague Farm, Gorran Haven 
  • Gwithian Farm, Gwithian  
  • Henry Campsite, The Lizard 
  • Beacon Cottage Farm, St Agnes 
  • Trethias Farm, Treyarnon Bay 
  • Treloan Coast Holidays, Portscatho 

Life at Falmouth

You don’t always need to go further afield to have a good time. Make the most of your time in Falmouth and Penryn and check out the many things you can get up to in your local area. 

Discover more
Group of students walking through Falmouth high street.

Cornwall’s creative culture

From the Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (CAST) to Falmouth’s Independent arts centre The Poly, and live music venue The Cornish Bank, our county boasts a thriving and supportive creative community. You can also explore a plethora of artist and maker studios dotted about Cornwall’s coastline and countryside.

Festivals in Cornwall 

Cornwall is known for its festival calendar. Annual events include Boardmasters, the Eden Sessions, The Great Estate Festival, Tropical Pressure and the Cornwall Film Festival. But you don’t have to go far to get involved, the International Sea Shanty weekender, Fal River Festival and Real Ale Festival all take place in our very own Falmouth town. 

If food is your thing, check out the Porthleven Food Festival, which brings together celebrity chefs, local food stalls and music to the picturesque harbour port, or stay close to home and enjoy the ever-popular Falmouth Oyster Festival.   

The inside scoop

Hear from your fellow students about making the most of living in Cornwall

A line of dance students holding hands on a stage
Dance students on stage in a line

Studying at my second choice university

02 June 2023

Dance student Dorka shares her experience of studying at her second choice university.

Studying at my second choice university
A group of games students smiling and laughing around a computer
Games Academy group shot in studio

How university helped to build my confidence

26 May 2023

Find out how university helped one student to build confidence and individuality.

How university helped to build my confidence
View of Falmouth houses with the text 'Falmouth University Facilities Tour' overlayed
Falmouth university facilities vlog thumbnail

Take a tour of Falmouth University's facilities

24 May 2023

Television student, Zoe shows us around the facilities across Falmouth and Penryn Campus.

Take a tour of Falmouth University's facilities
Film student Jordan with friends at Falmouth Pride 2023
Falmouth Pride - Group Photo - Jordan

"Queerness is togetherness": Falmouth Pride 2023

12 May 2023

Film student Jordan shares her highlights from Falmouth Pride 2023.

"Queerness is togetherness": Falmouth Pride 2023
Students walking towards a gateway between red brick walls on Falmouth campus.
Students walking on Falmouth campus

Fun days out in Cornwall on a budget

10 May 2023

If you’re thinking about joining Falmouth University, then discover what Falmouth and Cornwall has...

Fun days out in Cornwall on a budget
Dark photo of a crowd of people enjoying a live band.
The Cornish Bank - Performance

My top 5 favourite things about student life in Falmouth

07 December 2022

Sustainable Tourism Management BA(Hons) student Lucy shares her favourite things about student life ...

My top 5 favourite things about student life in Falmouth
Orange sunset over the sea in Cornwall
Alice - ho to prepare for uni 2

How to prepare for University

31 August 2022

Third year student, Alice, shares her top tips on how to prepare for university, including what to b...

How to prepare for University
A woman poses in front of the ocean
Lim Jun Hui

Studying at Falmouth as an international student

27 July 2022

When BA(Hons) Illustration graduate Lim Jun Hui made the 8,000 mile trip to Falmouth from her hometo...

Studying at Falmouth as an international student
Two friends splash around in white water
Water Fun

10 Fun and affordable things to do in Falmouth

14 October 2021

Every student living in Falmouth wants to find the best ways to spend their money; luckily there are...

10 Fun and affordable things to do in Falmouth
UG14 instagram skateboarding at Pendennis

The ultimate guide to a great Cornish summer

29 July 2021

Welcome to my ultimate guide to a great Cornish summer! Whether you’re a first-time visitor or an ...

The ultimate guide to a great Cornish summer

Ask our student community

What better way to find out about student life at Falmouth than asking our current students? Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

Students at the beach
Student life

Life at Falmouth

Falmouth and Penryn are vibrant towns with an amazing cultural and social scene.

Life at Falmouth
Students painting the Students' Union mural
Students' Union

Students' Union

The Students’ Union puts your voice at the heart of everything it does.

Students' Union
Students enjoying life at Falmouth
Student life banner 4

Student Life

Our students enjoy a lifestyle a little beyond the ordinary. From exploring the coastline, seek...

Student Life
Student smiling and sitting on wall in Fox cafe.
Student life students sitting on wall internal

Student Support

Discover all the support services and wellbeing resources available to Falmouth University students....

Student Support