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Jacobs Ladder Inn

Welcome to Cornwall & the Jacobs Ladder Inn. Here in Falmouth we offer a prime location to stay, a friendly and comfortable bar, local ales, fine dining, music & entertainment. We are central for sightseeing the local town and beaches, as well as an excellent base from which to explore Cornwall.


Originally called The Summerhill Hotel, the inn now occupies two old dwellings. In the old days on one side was the hotel and on the other, now the lounge, was a bakery. The hotel changed its name in the 1980s to celebrate the famed Jacobs Ladder steps which were built by the local businessman Jacob Hamblen. He used to have property at the top of Summer Hill and had businesses at the bottom. So he erected the ladder in the 1790s to make his life easier. In 1840, 111 granite steps were added which are still here today.


The pub below the rooms sees locals and visitors mingle over a fresh pint and some home cooked cuisine. We have a great selection of Cornish ales and spirits, as well as wines and Olfactory Cornish coffee. Our menu offers pub classics and don’t forget to try our famed Sunday Roast! We promote local music artists and showcase an open mic night. We also have a quiz night, occasional larger music acts & show major sporting events on our large projector screens.



"We stayed in a newly refurbished double ensuite which was excellent and clean. Friendly staff, good value evening meal, super breakfast."
Phillip, May 2021