Falmouth Pier, Cornwall

The then Prince of Wales, later to become King George V, laid the foundation stone for the pier in July 1903, and it was opened in May 1905.

It is quite a modest pier, compared with most in the south, never large enough to have had pavilions built on it, but perhaps for that reason it has stood the test of time and avoided being blown or burnt down.

The Americans took the pier over during World War II and it reopened to the public after some reconstruction work in 1951.  Further restoration work was carried out later in 1987.

Falmouth is picture postcard Cornwall, sailing, surfing, pasties, clotted cream teas and sand castles.

As well as boat trips around the harbour, you can cruise along the River Fal to Truro, the county town of Cornwall, in any one of several boats that take the two hour trip along the river.

Sailing through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the picturesque river trip is truly stunning, passing Tudor castles, deep sided wooded valleys and historic houses.

Painting of Falmouth Pier