Family enjoying Falmouth Haven

About Falmouth Haven

Falmouth Haven is one of the south coast’s premier leisure boating facilities.

We offer deep water moorings and marina options in one of the finest natural harbours in the world, with great facilities for visitors, and easy and direct access to the water from our well maintained and serviced public slipway. Being situated in a spectacular setting in the heart of Falmouth with its restaurants, bars and shopping – it is only moments from world-class sailing waters. Whether you are an experienced yachts person or water-sports beginner, our aim is to provide a safe, easy and enjoyable experience to anyone who wants to get out and try the very best of boating.

We offer nearly 600 deep water swinging moorings for residents, available on a seasonal or annual basis, while visitors can benefit from berthing for up to 100 vessels on our marina, as well as 21 deep water moorings, all located on or near to the main channel. We also have an anchorage area, situated between Custom House Quay and Falmouth docks.

Our experienced staff are on hand to ensure you get the most out of all that Falmouth Haven has to offer, from friendly advice on weather conditions to recommended sailing routes, while off the water we heartily encourage visitors to explore the town’s attractions, from neighbouring National Maritime Museum Cornwall to historic Pendennis Castle.

Falmouth Haven is a service of statutory port authority, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC).


Falmouth’s maritime tradition

Today Falmouth’s waters are buzzing with people enjoying boats of all shapes and sizes – from modern yachts to the distinctive gaff rigged Falmouth working boats – either pottering for pleasure or racing in one of the town’s many sailing events.  The area is a haven for sailors, combining sheltered waters – accessible in all weathers – with a stunning coastline.

As the first and last major UK port of call for ships making the North Atlantic crossing, Falmouth has long been of significant strategic importance. The town became the designated Royal Mail packet station in 1688, charged with carrying mail and messages around the growing British Empire, with Packet ships filling the harbour until the invention of steamships in 1850. In the late 19th century the harbour was filled with ships returning to Europe from around the world, and in the 20th century Falmouth was a jumping off point for historic D-Day.

Today Falmouth is a cruise port of growing importance, thanks to its deepwater facilities and its relative proximity to destinations such as Spain and Portugal.

In recent history, the town has marked the first and last port of call for celebrated sailors including both Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Dame Ellen MacArthur, while the most successful sailor in Olympic history, Sir Ben Ainslie, learnt to sail on Falmouth’s waters.