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History & Heritage

The Falmouth Hotel commanding an unrivalled position and superb views since 1865

Grande Dame of Falmouth

Steeped in history

Known as the ‘Grande Dame of Falmouth’, The Falmouth Hotel first opened in 1865 as Isambard Kingdom Brunel expanded the Great Western Railway into Cornwall. Its castle-like Victorian architecture, spacious interiors, fantastic seafront location, and award-winning food have ensured its place as one of Cornwall’s best-known hotels.

A Pivotal Role

Moments in history

The Falmouth Hotel has played a pivotal part in the dramatic growth since the mid-19th Century of the town after which it is named. In the process, it has “seen it all.”

To re-phrase an old newspaper slogan, all human life is and has been here. Behind its imposing facade, The Falmouth Hotel has played host to royalty, military supremos, famous authors, film and pop stars, sporting icons plus a Prime Minister or two.

Stays to remember

Famous Faces

Royalty, singers, film stars, authors, political figures and sporting icons, The Falmouth Hotel has played host to a list of famous names. One of the most fascinating of all the hotel’s links with fame came about in its earlier years – with the first known picture letter by Beatrix Potter being written here.

Present Day

Richardson Hotels

The Richardson Hotel Group is a collection of four very individual hotels, situated in the most stunning locations on the South Devon and Cornwall coasts. All offer striking period architecture, breath-taking views and award-winning dining.