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 > Helston
Love your plants? Experience euphoria amongst three acres of exceptional quality flora, grown and nurtured on site across 32 acres of traditional nursery. Choose something unusual or exotic to take home – or have it delivered to your door.

West Cornwall > Helston
Something for everyone on the Helston Railway – a delightful ride through the Cornish countryside on a re-constructed GWR branch line as it was in the 1950’s featuring a vintage steam engine and period carriages. 

West Cornwall > Helston
Flambards is the West Country's leading family attraction with rides for everyone, family fun and entertainment. Do not forget to visit the award-winning and unique exhibitions including the Victorian Village and the Britain in the Blitz.

West Cornwall > Helston
Only a short stroll from the centre of Helston is the large Coronation Park with its huge boating lake (boats for hire), childrens play amenities, skate park and cafe.

West Cornwall > Helston
Poldark Mine is the only complete tin mine in Cornwall open for underground guided tours and is regarded as one of the most historic locations in the annals of Cornish Mining.

West Cornwall > Helston
A treasure trove of memories and curiosities! Explore our 1950s kitchen, the Victorian schoolroom and the village shop, discover Helston’s famous inventor Henry Trengrouse and much more in this gem of a local history museum.

 Kernow Adventure Park is a flawless fit for family days out in Cornwall. It’s an outdoor adventure centre, a social sanctuary and a safe playground set on a secret, freshwater lake sunk deep into the earth. 

West Cornwall > Helston
Experience animal welfare in action at Cornwall’s only Seal Sanctuary and rescue centre. Hear about dramatic rescues and meet the seal and sea lion characters whose individual stories are brought to life during your visit.

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