Please leave your car at home if you can!
Falmouth is expected to be very busy during the Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta, with many visitors attending from outside the county and from throughout Cornwall. If you can, please leave your car at home and walk, use the extended and increased train and bus services, car share or use Park & Ride. You could even make a day of it and use one of the Fal River ferries to Falmouth, or just take the ferry from Prince of Wales Pier to the Docks.For travel information during the event, please listen to updates on BBC Radio Cornwall and check social media and this website.
Trains from Truro will operate a half-hourly service throughout the day with later trains and three coaches per train. A special timetable is available on First Great Western’s website. Falmouth Docks station is a few minutes’ walk from the ships.
Due to the longer length of the train, Falmouth Town station will be closed from 28 – 31 August.
For further information please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 08457 484950.
Usual bus services will operate with additional capacity where required. The Falmouth Shuttle bus will operate a special timetable and amended route.
First Cornwall will operate some later services, as well as a service from Penzance to Falmouth on Sunday 31st August, see information on their website here. You can download an overview of all bus services here: Buses 28 – 31 August.
Contact Traveline South West www.travelinesw.com or call 0871 2002233 for details of bus times.
There will be a ferry from Prince of Wales Pier to the Docks during the docks opening times.Adults £4.00 RTN and £2.00 SNG; Child £3.00 RTN and £1.50 SNG; Family Return only, £10.00 (up to 2 adults and 3 children).
St Mawes Ferry will operate as usual, and will provide an extended service from Custom House Quay until 2030 from Thursday to Saturday.
Enterprise Boats provides 5 ferries per day from Truro, but will not operate on Sunday 31 August.
For more information about ferry services see http://www.falriver.co.uk/today or call 0905 3254534 (31p per minute plus network charges).
Note: private boats cannot land in the Docks.
Park & Ride
Ponsharden (TR10 8AB) – Bus operates 0900 – 1900 daily. Car Park open until 2300. Ride only (no float). £5.50 parking including transport for up to 7 people. Drop off location: The Moor
Penryn Rugby Club (TR10 8NT) – Bus operates Thursday 28 – Saturday 30 August 1100 – 2300 daily. Sunday 31 August 0900 – 1800. £7 parking including transport for up to 7 people. Drop off location: bus stop Melvill Road near Falmouth Hotel.
Road closures and Parking Restrictions
Roads in Falmouth’s Town Centre will be pedestrianised on all four days of the event from 1100 to 2300. In addition, the area around The Moor is closed Thursday – Saturday evening 2000 – 2300.
There is no vehicular access for visitors to the Docks or to Tinners Walk.
Castle Road and Pendennis Point are closed from Saturday 30 August 1800 to Sunday 31 August 1900. There will be access to car parks only, see below.
To assist with traffic flow, extensive No Waiting restrictions will be put in place. Please note that Blue Badge holders are NOT exempt from this and cannot park within the restrictions. Signs will be put in place to show where and when the restrictions apply, and details will be available from this website. Please park responsibly, leaving roads clear for emergency vehicles.
For information about all road closures and parking restrictions download our pdf: Tall Ships Road Closures and Parking Restrictions.
Falmouth Car Park closures
Church Street Car Park and Custom House Quay Car Park will be closed from 1800 on Wednesday 27 August to 2200 on Sunday 31 August.
Bar Road Car Park will be closed from Thursday 28 August 0800 to Saturday 30 August 2000.
Pendennis Point will be closed from Saturday 30 August 1800 – Sunday 31 August 1900, but will have limited spaces for blue badge holders (NOW FULLY BOOKED).
Other long stay and short stay car parks will be open as usual.
Disabled Parking (Falmouth)
Ships & Castles (Castle Drive, TR11 4NG). Pre-booked tickets (£8) available from Ships & Castles on 01326 212129. A shuttle bus into the docks is provided for less mobile visitors during Docks opening hours. On Sunday, drop off will be at Pendennis Point (0900 – 1700).
Pendennis Point Sunday 31 August. Limited pre-booked tickets available from Ships & Castles 01326 212129, strictly Blue Badge only. FULLY BOOKED.
Other car parks have a limited number of disabled bays. More information for disabled visitors see Tall Ships Accessibility FAQ.
Viewing Car Parks 31 August
The Parade of Sail on Sunday 31 August can be viewed from places around the coast. There will be temporary car parks at the locations below. Toilets (including disabled facilities) and first aid facilities are available at all these sites.
St Mawes Football Club (TR2 5UJ): Field, £5. Shuttle service to village centre (donations).
St Mawes Newton Farm (TR2 5BS): Field, £10. Panoramic views over the estuary and entrance to Falmouth Bay.
St Mawes Castle (TR2 5DE): Limited parking available for visitors to the castle, £3 payable by all users. Available on a first come, first served basis.
St Anthony Head (TR2 5HA): Field, £10.
Note! The National Trust car park is closed because it will be used for viewing. Parking is being provided on private land so there is NO free parking for Trust members.
Due to the narrow roads there will be traffic restrictions between Gerrans and St Anthony Head. West-bound traffic only (towards the car park) between 9am and 1pm, and East-bound traffic only (from the car park) between 1.30pm and 4pm. Strictly no returns before 1.30pm!
Pendennis Point (Ships & Castles, TR11 4NG): £8 pre-booked only 01326 212129.
Ten minutes’ walk to Pendennis Point, or shuttle service 0900 – 1700.
Note! Castle Road and Pendennis Point are closed to traffic Saturday 30 August 1800 – Sunday 31 August, car park access only. Limited spaces for Blue Badge holders only at Pendennis Point car park, pre- booked 01326 212129 (£2.50 booking fee). Limited spaces at Pendennis Castle (English Heritage) car park for EH members only (bring proof of membership).
Rosemullion (Mawnan Smith TR11 5HU): Field, £10.
Car parks at Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth are available as usual.
Falmouth’s usual coach car park at Gyllyngvase Beach will not be available for coaches during the event. Coach parking is at nearby Swanpool Car Park (TR11 5BG). Please book your space through email@example.com. Charge is £15 plus VAT per day.
Coach set down points
Coaches are not allowed to enter the Docks. Set down points are adjacent to the Maritime Car Park on Bar Road (Sat Nav TR11 3QY) and Berkeley Vale (town centre, TR11 3PH). For set down for ferry trips from Prince of Wales Pier, please contact the Pier Master on 07544 669228.
Please be aware that there is no coach access through the town centre.