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Helston

Among many other things Helston is very popular for its ancient bustling market and the Furry Dance festival. The town lies halfway between the Penzance and Falmouth and is at the junction of A3083 and A394 which is the South point of Lizard Peninsula.  Out of all the main towns belonging to Cornwall, UK this culturally and historically affluent town is today considered as the most unchanged with its atmosphere that depicts of a bygone era.

A local tourist’s destination for the historical and cultural enthusiasts this town offers wondrous experiences for the tourists who simply love to wander around its cobbled alleyways and bustling streets.  The central location of the town proves to be a heavenly stop over point for those tourists exploring the South West Cornwall area.

Helston is a town that attracts all ages and types of tourists particularly with its blend of stunning Victorian and Georgian architecture highlighted by top tourist attractions like the monument located at Coinagehall street which was built in 1834 in commemoration of a prominent town personality and hero, Millet Grylls. The streets have a story of their own to tell with a history dating as far back as the 14th century when the area was popular for mines and tin testing. If you happen to visit this rich historical town do not forget to pay a visit to the country’s oldest private brewery existing from the 15th century or the Angel hotel one of the oldest buildings in the town which was also the town house of the famous icon Godolphins. 

This coinage town was at one point in the history the main trading and mining point of the entire Cornwall area. The spring time is a busy time for Helston locals with the Furry Dance taking place where all the townsfolk decked in their best formal attire take to streets in abundance of joyful dancing. The town takes on a spectacular dreamy outlook during the time of this festival with garlands of bluebells, laurel leaves decorating every town shop and house and children and adults dancing along the streets and alleyways. The pageant of Hal-an-Tow where St George will be slaying the dragon is a highlight entertainment that takes place during the dance festival.

The restaurants and cafes located in the Corn Exchange where coffee mornings, craft markets and jumble sales take place is a truly unique and novel concept allowing tourists to enjoy a totally different dining experience.  The old Butter Market area which also houses the Helston Folk Museum beckons those who yearn to experience the town’s heritage in its true glory. 

The boating lake and the Coronation Park provides ample opportunities in way of recreation and outdoor activities and the beautiful woodland areas are perfect for walking or relaxing. The banks of Loe Pool, Cornwall’s biggest fresh water lake are idyllic for spending a leisurely and happy time with your family and friends.

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