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Visitor Accommodation in Falmouth University and the University of Exeter in Cornwall residences

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  • Cornwall's universities accommodation near Falmouth is a convenient and affordable way to stay in this beautiful county at the southernmost tip of the UK
  • Single and double ensuite rooms which include a full English breakfast, and provide a comfortable and cost effective alternative to staying in a cheap hotel or hostel in Falmouth
  • Rooms are available in July and August, and are ideally located in the heart of Cornwall

Cornwall Visitor information

Cornwall is an area at the tip of the south-western peninsula of Great Britain. It is bordered to the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east of the county of Devon, over the River Tamar.

Activities of interest in Cornwall

There is an enormous amount to attract visitors to Cornwall. From the breathtaking scenery of Land's End to the magnificent Eden Project, this area has something of interest for all visitors. Whether looking to surf in the clear blue Atlantic, take in an art gallery or simply meander through a seaside town, Cornwall is an unmissable destination.

Known for its beautiful shoreline with towns such as Falmouth, St Ives and Penzance to name a few, nowhere in Cornwall is more than 16 miles from the sea.

For botanical enthusiasts, St Austell is home to the Eden Project (above), a visitor attraction which includes the world's largest greenhouse. Inside the artificial biomes are plants that are collected from all around the world. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, rediscovered in 1990 after slumbering for over 70 years and Trebah Gardens in Falmouth also showcase a wide range of spectacular flora and fauna.

Fans of celebrity chefs can enjoy a trip to Rick Stein’s Fish & Chip Shop and Deli in Falmouth or Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Watergate Bay, as well as an array of restaurants, cafes and bars dotted throughout Cornwall to suit all tastes and budgets.

There are many museums, art galleries and castles for visitors to explore. The Tate in St Ives houses its own modern displays as well as visiting exhibits. The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is where visitors can learn the history of the local sea farers and Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, was built in 1539 for King Henry VIII to guard the entrance to the River Fal.

In Falmouth itself there are cycle trails to suit all levels, excellent sailing waters in the Fal Estuary and out to sea, every imaginable water sport including surfing, kayaking, kite-surfing and gig rowing and scenic walks.

Getting to Cornwall

By Road: The M4, M5 and M6 motorways are the routes to Cornwall. Follow the M5 to Exeter, after which you will either take the A30 or A38 into Cornwall, depending on your final destination. Alternatively, you can enter Cornwall via North Devon, then there is the Altlantic Highway, the A39, which you can join at junction 27 on the M5.

By Rail: First Great Western operate high speed services from London Paddington, South Wales and the Cotswolds to Cornwall, including sleeper services also known as the Night Riviera Sleeper Service from London Paddington. First Great Western also operates services on Cornwall's branch lines. Contact National Rail Enquiries for train times and fare information on 08457 48 49 50.

By Coach: National Express serves Cornwall from destinations throughout the UK. Coaches travel to St Austell, Truro, Newquay, Falmouth, St Ives and Penzance. Connecting services to Cornwall are available from Bristol, Birmingham and London. National Express provide an extensive network of coach services. Telephone 08705 808080 for information. Coaches depart from Stand B2/B3 from Central Bus Station close to Cardiff Central Rail Station.

By Air: Visitors can fly to Newquay Airport from various regional airports in the UK and mainland Europe.

History of Cornwall

The history of Cornwall begins with the pre-Roman inhabitants, including speakers of a Celtic language that would develop into Brythonic and Cornish. Cornwall was part of the territory of the tribe of the Dumnonii. After a period of Roman rule, Cornwall reverted to rule by independent Celtic chieftains. (There is little evidence that Roman rule was effective west of Exeter.) After a period of conflict with the Kingdom of Wessex, it became a part of the Kingdom of England which was subsequently incorporated into Great Britain and the United Kingdom.

During the British Iron Age Cornwall, like all of Britain south of the Firth of Forth, was inhabited by the Celtic people known as the Britons. The Celtic British language spoken at the time eventually developed into several distinct tongues, including Cornish.

Universities in Cornwall:

The University of Exeter and University College Falmouth are founding partners in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique collaboration between six universities and colleges to promote regional economic regeneration through Higher Education, funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One and Convergence), the South West Regional Development Agency and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall Council.

The two institutions share and jointly manage the Tremough Campus - the flagship hub of the CUC partnership - in an arrangement that is unique in the UK.

Notable alumni:

Newsreaders and presenters Luisa Baldini, Sophie Long and Julia Botfield, artists Tacita Dean and Sarindar Dhaliwal, John Dyer (painter), Liz Fuller, actress, Gerard Woodward, novelist and poet and Anthony Maule, fashion photographer.

Reviews For Cornwall)

Average Score


Based On 199 Reviews

Great facilities, all good. Only bit of advice offered is that a cab into Falmouth is more like £13 before 11pm and £17.50 after, unlike the £6 that the lovely girls in the Porters lodge thought it would be. But Glasnay experience great, made me feel like a student again, albeit a well healed one! Kathy H

(Review Of Penryn Summer Rooms, Falmouth)

Only suggestion, is that upon arrival by car, finding a park space and the visitor reception (small hut at the middle of the campus) is terrible time wasting. Map and instructions beforehand would be very helpful. Otherwise, all very good.

(Review Of Glasney Rooms, Falmouth)

The arrangements about the breakfasts, which we had paid for, were not very clear and it was not exactly enjoyable to have one's breakfast in a completely hall (refrectory) on Saturday.

(Review Of Penryn Summer Rooms, Falmouth)

I thought with the exception of parking, which was limited to say the least, the whole experience was exceptional! Good sized room and I thought it was phenomenal value for money!

(Review Of Penryn Summer Rooms, Falmouth)

Our only complaint is we had to ask for clean towels as no room cleaning was done in the time we were there. Otherwise we had a lovely stay in a beautiful environment.

(Review Of Penryn Summer Rooms, Falmouth)

Overall, very good. I would suggest you leave at least one small bar of soap in the ensuite bathrooms. Similarly, the shower curtain was not good enough for the job and water poured onto the bathroom floor. Could you get curtains that reach the bottom of the shower?

(Review Of Penryn Summer Rooms, Falmouth)

Great place to stay - lovely campus, comfortable rooms and useable kitchen, excellent transport links (bus and train). Plus Penryn itself is a nice place with a great organic/local food cafe (Mrs Peabody's Kitchen).

(Review Of Penryn Summer Rooms, Falmouth)

Very good and clean. Excellent location with bus stop on site direct to Truro or Falmouth. Would highly recommend. Thus was our 2nd stay and would defiantly stay agsin without. Doubt

(Review Of Penryn Summer Rooms, Falmouth)

Fantastic value for money in cornwall with parking. Perhaps consider whether able to hire/rent tv for each room during stay as imagine that would be popular.

(Review Of Penryn Summer Rooms, Falmouth)
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