Often described as the gateway to the Lizard Peninsula, as well as being the most southerly town in the United Kingdom, Helston is a traditional town with plenty of charm and character. As the second oldest town in Cornwall following Marazion, you can be sure that there’s much history to discover too. Once a thriving port in West Cornwall, a wealth of Georgian and Victorian architecture is found throughout the town, you’ll have an abundance of things to see and do in Helston, including its world famous folk festival held every year.
The ‘Furry Dance’ which is also known as The Flora is one of the oldest traditions in the UK and is really something to behold during a holiday in Helston. The festival takes place annually on the 8th May and sees a celebration of folk music as well as four dances throughout the day that have remained an untouched tradition for centuries. The Helston folk museum also provides visitors with and insight into the rich history and traditions of the town, which gives it the lively feel it boasts today.
As mentioned above, Helston has a great deal of impressive architecture. One of the best examples is captured by ‘The Monument’ which is dedicated to Humphry Millet Grylls whose actions kept open a local tin mine in the 19th Century, saving over 1000 local jobs. If you’re interested in the fascinating buildings and heritage of Helston, then why not take the town trail to discover more?
For those that enjoy a tipple, make sure to visit The Blue Anchor, a former rest house for monks. This is thought to be one of the oldest private breweries and sells famous local ales renowned throughout Cornwall and the world for their strength and taste. You’ll also find plenty of pubs, restaurants and pasty shops to keep rumbling tummies at bay after a busy day exploring all that Helston has to offer.
Many return to Helston again and again for their holidays due to its vibrant atmosphere and variety of attractions. One of the most popular is of course the Flambard’s Experience, where children can not only enjoy thrilling rides and activities, but also learn about Victorian Britain and World War II exhibitions. Head a little further afield and you’ll find the Penrose Estate which offers endless woodland walks, or instead visit Praa Sands for a relaxing day on the beach, perfect for sunbathing and sandcastle building with the little ones.
Many return to Helston again and again for their holidays due to its vibrant atmosphere and variety of attractions
If you’re looking for the perfect Helston holiday, then our selection of B&Bs, cottages and hotels are sure to provide you with a comfortable base. Helston’s winding streets offer a great selection of accommodation, especially if you are looking to explore all that West Cornwall has to offer.