Helston was formally a port until the Looe Bar formed across the River Cober forming Looe Pool. The town grew with the Cornish tin mining industry, becoming a Stannary town.
It's well worth walking around to see the Regency houses in the town along Cross Street, the old well, and the Victorian Guildhall. Coinagehall Street has a 1834 monument to Humphrey Millett Grylls, a local man who saved the Wheal Vor from closure, preserving the jobs of over 1000 men. The mine is now, however, closed. You can get a leaflet with a 'Town Trail' at the museum or Town Hall that will take you to the historic buildings.
Its time for the Floral Dance !, through the streets of Helston with the Furry Dance, this event has lots of colour and music, but only on May 8th. Unless that's a Sunday or Monday, when the dance is done on the Saturday before. A great local event to witness.
They say sometime ago a dragon dropped a rock on the town, but the town survived, or so the tale goes.
Don't forget to visit Flambards, one of the best attractions in the area !
Trevarno Estate & Gardens Cornish estate with gardens.
Mullion Gallery 5.4 miles A local gallery.
Godolphin House An interesting house with gardens and an estate to enjoy.
Helston Folk Museum A local museum to visit.
Poldark Mine Visit the tin mine.
The Marconi Centre 5.0 miles The first radio message.
Goonhilly Earth Station 5.5 miles Visitor centre currently closed
Loe Pool Take a walk around the lake and bar.
Gunwalloe Towans 3.3 miles Sand dunes and a coastal walk.
Praa Sands 5.3 miles A popular sandy beach.
Flambards One of the most popular attractions in Cornwall.
National Seal Sanctuary Popular with all ages.
Visit all the things to see around Helston and you will just have enough time for a day trip to Penzance.
Towns Near Helston To Visit - straight line distance:Porthleven (2.27 miles) Mullion (5.28 miles) Camborne (7.82 miles) Penryn (8.77 miles)