St. Mawes enjoys being geographically opposite the major port of Falmouth and benefits from being the pretty village across the water which can be reached by ferry. The village is famous for it's maritime history and even today hostes 3 boat yards and the St. Mawes Regatta is one of the most popular regattas in Cornwall. Falmouth is easily reached from St Mawes without having to resort to the car as there are regular passenger ferry crossings across the water into the heart of Falmouth.
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St. Mawes has it's own castle which was built in 1538 by Henry V111 to protect his ships against the marauding Spanish fleet. There is a twin castle across the water at Pendennis point above Falmouth Bay so that any ships attempting to enter the harbour could be attacked from both shores. Although these days its aged cannons no longer roar, the fort has been restored and is open to the public.