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Sightseeing

Local Towns and Attractions

Centrally located, there is easy access to stunning coastlines and beautiful local regions. Whatever the weather, the following towns and attractions have something to suit all tastes:

Penryn (2 miles). Penryn is one of Cornwall’s most ancient towns and was founded in1216 by the Bishop of Exeter. Its charming high street comprises mainly of buildings dating back to Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian times. Within walking distance of your accommodation, why not enjoy a coffee whilst watching the boats sail by along the waters of the beautiful Fal Estuary.

Falmouth (4 miles). Rich in maritime history, Falmouth is the site of Pendennis Castle, built as part of Henry V111’s defence of the Carrick Roads in 1540, it also provided a first line defence against the Spanish Armarda in 1613. In 1805 news of Britain’s victory, and Admiral Nelson’s death, at Trafalgar was landed at Falmouth from the schooner Pickle and taken to London by stagecoach. Falmouth is a wonderful place to meander around the local shops and soak up the atmosphere in this historic, yet vibrant, harbour town.

Truro (8 miles). Truro is the centre for administration for Cornwall and boasts a beautiful cathedral, top rated theatre and a fantastic range of shops from well-known names to independent boutiques. if the tide is right, you can catch a ferry from Falmouth to the heart of Truro or a train on the maritime rail link from Penryn.

Helston (12 miles). Helston is the most southerly town in Great Britain, being 1.5 miles south of Penzance. Nearby Flambards and Poldark theme parks are also worth a visit. This historic market town is famed for Spingo beer.

Newquay (21 miles). Situated upon the Atlantic cliffs, Newquay is a relaxed town, popular for its nightlife.

For more places to explore and things to do, take a look at our Cornwall beaches guide or our guide to activities in Cornwall

  • Views from the Minack Theatre Cornwall

    Minack Theatre

    Cornwall’s famous open air theatre carved into the cliff at Porthcurno. The Minack Theatre presents drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of settings. A must-visit for theatre lovers.

  • Pendennis Castle Falmouth

    Pendennis Castle

    Built by Henry VIII and steeped in history, Pendennis Castle is a discovery centre packed with activities enabling visitors of all ages to get to grips with history. Set on the headland with superb views across Falmouth and the Harbour, it offers so much to see and explore for a truly wonderful day out.

  • Maritime Museum

    Falmouth Maritime Museum

    So much to see and do at this multi award winning Maritime Museum. With hands on activities, talks, lectures, rotating events and exhibitions, there really is something for everyone.

  • Blue Reef Aquarium

    Blue Reef Aquarium

    Based on the beach in the centre of Newquay and well worth a visit.  Blue Reef Aquarium is filled with marine species from the Cornish coast to hundreds of tropical species in a gigantic ocean display. Regular talks and feeding displays make the Newquay aquarium an unforgettable day out.

  • Visit the Tate St Ives and beach

    St Ives

    With something for everyone, a visit to St Ives is a great day out. With its maze of cobbled streets, boutique shops, cultural attractions and beaches galore, you’ll want to return again and again.

  • St Michael's Mount

    St Michael’s Mount

    Walk through 1,000 years of history on this island adventure. Cross the St Michael’s Mount causeway to the historic harbour and village, and scale the mount to view the house and gardens.

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