Helston

Flora Day, Lismore Gardens, Helston, Cornwall
Helston Boating Lake, Coronation Park, Cornwall
Flora Day, Meneage Street, Helston, Cornwall
Hal an Tow, Flora Day, Helston, Cornwall
Helston, Coronation Park and Lake, Cornwall
Goonhilly, Helston, Cornwall

Discover Helston

Helston is situated at the northern end of the Lizard Peninsula approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of Penzance and 9 miles (14 km) south-west of Falmouth. The former Stannary and cattle market town is best known for the annual Furry Dance (known locally as the Flora Dance), said to originate from the medieval period. 

Helston’s timeline stretches back a long way. The Saxons were here in the 6th century, King John granted a charter in 1201, making the town the second oldest in Cornwall, and through the centuries Helston, as so many major towns in the country, prospered on the back on tin mining and later with the coming of the railway and the boom in early tourism. 

Reasons to visit Helston

Today the town has a lively, friendly atmosphere with a busy main street and plenty of historical attractions that keep the town’s heritage alive and as you walk past the thick set miner’s cottages, numerous pasty shops and old pubs, there’s nice traditional feel to the place. The boating lake and park are great for families, plus there's a skate park and cafe.

Take the fascinating town trail and go back in time. Twelve points of interest illustrate Helston’s heritage from the old well where townsfolk used to wash their clothes to the centrepiece monument erected in celebration of local hero Humphrey Millett Grylls whose benevolent actions kept a local tin mine open saving 1200 jobs. There is a free guide leaflet available from museum or library.

On the road to Porthleven, you'll come to the Penrose Estate where you can talk the 7 mile circular walk down to the coast skirting Loe Pool, the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall separated from the sea by a long sandbar. Start from the free car park in the Amenity Area.

The nearby Goonhilly satellite station, currently closed, is to be given a new lease of life soon when government funding will turn it into a space and communication centre, plans are afoot to upgrade the existing antennas and reopen the visitor centre. Watch this space. 

Things to do in and around Helston

  • Visit the Helston Museum a treasure trove of memories and curiosties 
  • Follow the Helston Town Trail and discover more about the history of the town. Starting at The Guildhall, the trail passes by all the local landmarks and reveals the fascinating and varied history
  • Explore the Penrose Estate (National Trust), a beautiful place for families to walk, cycle and explore - with woodland, stunning coastal paths and views over Loe Bar. It is also an area of Special Scientific Interest and a haven for wildlife and birds. Paths are tarmaced and accessible and begin in the car park opposite Coronation Park 
  • Take a ride on the Helston Railway - an ongoing restoration project with regular steam ups

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Great Western Railways Famous Five train ride to Cornwall

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Gunwalloe is an attractive south-west facing cove on the Lizard with a stream running through the sandy beach that is ideal for paddling. A seasonal dog ban is in place.

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: South west facing long stretch of golden sand considered to be one of the finest beaches to be found in the UK. A seasonal dog ban is in place.

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Three glorious miles of sand and steeply shelving shingle where it is possible to walk in an easterly direction, when the tide is out. 

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Poldhu Cove, also known as Black Pool Cove, is a lovely west-facing sandy beach. A seasonal dog ban is in place.

West Cornwall
Loe Bar beach is a half mile shingle bank which separates the Loe, the largest natural fresh water lake in Cornwall, from the sea.  Loe Bar was originally the mouth of the River Cober which led to a harbour in Helston.

West Cornwall
Mullion Cove on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula is a small sandy beach, mostly covered at high tide, beside the historic lifeboat station and picturesque Mullion harbour. 

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Kennack Sands, near the village of Kuggar on the Lizard peninsula, is comprised of two beaches with some grassy areas which are divided by the small hill of Carn Kennack

West Cornwall
Just one of many secret beaches on the south coast of Cornwall, Kenneggy Sands offers a sandy beach reached at low tide from Praa Sands.  Ideal if you have a keen sense of adventure, this beach is also accessed along a winding clifftop footpath with final descent using chained ladders. 

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