The gateway to The Lizard, Helston is the second oldest town in Cornwall, and its long history has left it with character and some architecturally interesting buildings that visitors will appreciate. An unspoilt town to wander around, Helston has plenty of shops, bakeries, and pubs, and if you happen to visit on the 8th May, you can enjoy the town’s annual Flora Dance.
Helston is an old market town, and in fact dates to Roman times. Of course, this ancient history is only really evident in the display cabinets of the highly rated Museum of Cornish Life, situated in Market Place, but some of the historical flavour of the town can be enjoyed as one explores the town on foot. Buildings such as the 15th century Blue Anchor Inn (here you can enjoy a pint of their famous Spingo beer, brewed on site), the Angel Hotel, and a surprising number of Georgian, Regency and Victorian buildings hint at the towns former prosperity, and indeed it still thrives today. The aforementioned Flora Dance, or Furry Dance, is when Helston is at its busiest – this is a colourful event where the townsfolk dress up and dance all through the day, all through the town.