Described as a city within a city, Fremantle is one of my favourite weekend locations to visit. Equipped with stunning views, cute cafes, and a variety of fish and chips shops, what's not to love? Every great place deserves some praise, and here is a list of the top five things to do in Fremantle.
1. Fremantle has a rich history, and it is always good to learn more about it. The Maritime Museum has a stunning range of models to look at and is full of great experiences waiting to be made. They also offer a submarine tour, in which they take you into a real submarine and walk you through it, telling you its history and other mechanical details. Your legs might be a bit sore by the end of it, but you're bound to feel enriched and proud of yourself for learning so much new information.
Another museum that is good to visit is the Shipwreck Gallery. Full to the brim with stunning exhibitions, it is definitely a place you should tick off your to-visit list.
2. Guaranteed to give you the shivers, Fremantle Prison is a great place to visit. Depending on your level of courage, you can pick out of a variety of tours. Opened in 1855, this prison is a must-see. It offers five different tours, and they all combine information with a healthy mix of ghost tales. The Torchlight Tour is the only one held at night, so if you're heading down there at night, prepare to get quite a few scares.
3. Food is often thought about when one visits a new place, and it's lucky that Fremantle has a lot of it! Fish and chips are the local delicacies, and I recommend you visit Cicerello's if you want to have some great fish and chips, as it was dubbed "the best fish and chips in Fremantle". Overlooking a boat harbour, it is a great place to eat, especially since kids eat free on Tuesday. There are also other fish and chips – and if that isn't your favourite dish, other places to eat – on the same road, if nothing catches your eye on their menu.
However, if fish and chips aren't your favourite dish, there are plenty of other places to eat , including Little Creatures Brewery, which has more than just beer and a rocking tune, The Raw Kitchen, which has a variety of vegetarian meals, and many more.
4. Looking for something cute and creative? You're bound to find it in the Fremantle Markets. Offering a great amount of stalls to visit, it also has a fruit area as well as a very cute designer cupcake stall, and many other stalls that will keep you happy, hydrated, and grinning. If you didn't find what you wanted, Ed Shed is fairly close by, and you will definitely find your wishes in there.
5. For the arty ones, the Fremantle Art Centre is a great place to visit. Occasionally hosting movies, festivals, and almost always having art exhibitions, it's good to pop down once in a while to see what new items they have. They also host courses so if you're looking for something arty, definitely have a look at them.