Helston is situated at the northern end of the lizard peninsula approx. 12 miles east of Penzance and 9 miles south west of Falmouth. It is the most southerly town in Great Britain. It has a population of approx. 11,700 in 2011. Helston is best known for its annual flora dance. The name comes from the Cornish “Hen Lis “or old court and “ton” to denote Saxon manor
Helston castle was a medieval castle built in the 13th century – but was ruined by the 15 th century
Helston is situated downstream from Cornwall’s largest natural lake approx. 120 acres.
On Flora day the streets are full of thousands of visitors.
Helston town has a mixture of Georgian and Victorian architecture.
Things to do around helston
- Poldark mine
- Godolphin house and gardens
- Flambards theme park
- Helston railway
- Helston museum /museum of Cornish life
- RNAS culdrose air show
- Coronation lake and park
Helston was the birth place of Bob Fitzsimmons – Britain’s first heavyweight boxing champion
Beware of the local brew in the Blue anchor tavern –SPINGO!
Helston is described as the gateway to the lizard peninsula and the second oldest town in Cornwall.
At the heart of helston is a great boating lake it ideal location for a Cornwall family holiday
Helston lies on the river COBER it is built of granite and slate.