Penryn, near Falmouth, is one of the oldest market towns in Cornwall. Steeped in history, with a fascinating timeline of architecture, a labyrinth of side roads, woodland to explore, beautiful scenery to take in and a dynamic community of people to meet including a thriving art community. Plus, there are some wonderful cafe’s, bars and shops to enjoy.
Once the main port on the river with a thriving trade in fish, tin and copper, Penryn became overshadowed by the huge growth of Falmouth. Today, Penryn is a quiet town that retains much of its heritage with buildings dating back to Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian times. The town has been designated as an important conservation area. Penryn is also home to University College Falmouth.
Things to do in Penryn
- Ennys Gardens A 30 acre garden complete with waterwheel and ponds plus the New Zealand garden is part of the Enys Estate. It's a secret garden which not many people know about, even the locals are often not aware of it's existence. Great tea rooms with home-made cakes is in the cobbled courtyard. Top tip: Visit during May/June to see the magnificent displays of bluebells in the woods and meadow.
- Loe Beach Watersports Centre Loe Beach encompasses Loe Beach Boat Hire, Loe Beach Watersports Centre and Loe Beach Cafe. Loe Beach Boat Hire offers hire of several types of craft including: motor boat hire, kayak hire, sailing dinghy hire, row boat hire
- Penryn Town Museum A small museum rich in local history and heritage. Discover the fascinating story of Penryn with artefacts from the 13th century Glasney College, Cornwall's famous medieval monastery. Open weekdays only.
- Penryn Water Taxi Take a trip on the river to Flushing, Mylor, Falmouth and St Mawes. Top tip: Book in advance to guarantee your places
- Raze the Roof - Indoor Play & Laser Tag Great place for the kids to unwind with great play facilities and comfy sofas for muma and dads to relax in. There's also a cafe. Top tip: Recommended for an odd rainy day
- Kernow Wake Park Wakeboarding is a new, fast-growing watersport that uses a cable tow system. It's similar to snowboarding or skateboarding, except on water, and has become a modern alternative to water skiing. Located in Kessel Quarry, Halvasso, three miles from Penryn on the Helston Road, you can wakeboard in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment. Beginners are always welcome. Top tip: Check out the best deals online and details of kit hire
- BF Adventure This outdoor centre at Halvasso three miles from Penryn on the Helston Road, offers watersports, climbing, zip wire and bushcraft among its wide range of activities.
Beaches in the Penryn area
- Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth
- Maenporth Beach in Falmouth
- Swanpool Beach in Falmouth
- Trefusis Beach in Flushing
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