Falmouth is a nice blend of bustling port, holiday resort, and student town. Surrounded by the third deepest natural harbor in the world, the city made its fortune in the 18th and 19th centuries when trading vessels from around the world stopped off to unload their cargoes. The National Maritime Museum houses one of the largest maritime collections in the UK, second only to its sister museum in Greenwich in London. At the heart of the gallery is the huge Flotilla Gallery, where boats dangle from the ceiling on slender steel wires. You can’t miss the Lookout, which offers a 360 degree panoramic view of Falmouth Bay. Overlooking Falmouth harbor is the Pendennis Castle, built 460 years ago by Henry VIII as a fortress. Inside you can enjoy a Tudor gun collection, a WWI guard house, and a recreation of a WWII observation post. The nearest beach town to Falmouth is Gyllyngvase, where you’ll find plenty of sand and a nice beach café.