Cornwall’s best towns!

Cornwall is full of picturesque and historic towns. Here are just a few of Globe Vale’s favourites.

TRURO

Approximately 15 miles from Globe Vale, Truro is Cornwall’s only city. Attractions include a beautiful Victorian Cathedral and the Royal Cornwall Museum. Truro is the main shopping centre for mid-Cornwall. For more about Truro go to Visit Cornwall.com

FALMOUTH

Famous for its long association with the arts as well its maritime history, Falmouth is situated at the mouth of the River Fal and boasts one of the largest natural harbours in the world. The town is home to the National Maritime Museum, which is well worth a visit for anyone with a love of all things nautical.There are four beautiful family beaches in Falmouth, Castle beach, Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth, not to mention the fabulous Pendennis Castle. Falmouth’s association with its famous School of Art makes it a thriving creative hub, with plenty of galleries and exhibitions of traditional and contemporary art. For more information on Falmouth, see visitcornwall.com

ST IVES

World famous for its long association with the arts, St Ives is home to the Tate Gallery, and the wonderful Barbara Hepworth Museum as well as a plethora of smaller galleries and shops scattered about the narrow, winding streets. The picturesque harbour and its small active fishing fleet are a glimpse into Cornwall’s seafaring past. There are no less than four beautiful sandy beaches, Porthmeor, Porthgwidden, Harbour beach, Porthminster and St Ives is a popular surfing destination. For more about St Ives go to visitcornwall.com

HELSTON

Best known for its famous annual Furry Dance, Helston is situated at the northern edge of the unique Lizard Peninsular. This busy little town was once an important market and Stannary town. Follow the Helston town trail for a tour of local history and don’t forget to visit the excellent little Helston Museum which houses an eclectic and evocative collection of memorabilia. Learn more at visitcornwall.com

PENZANCE & NEWLYN

Famous for its exceptionally mild climate, Penzance faces out onto the beautiful Mounts Bay and the landmark St Michael’s Mount. Penzance is a bustling town with plenty to see and do. Visit the colourfully decorated ‘Egyptian House’ and browse the many galleries and bookshops. Take a boat trip around the bay or even board the ferry for the Isles of Scilly.

The neighbouring town of Newlyn, still a working fishing harbour, is famous for its historical association with the art world. Read More at visitcornwall.com

ST MAWES

Situated on the beautiful Roseland peninsular at the mouth of the Carrick Roads, St Mawes is a picturesque harbour town with a small fishing fleet. The town has two beaches and is a popular centre for water sports. It also offers a range of interesting shops and galleries as well as a good choice of restaurants, pubs and cafes. The mouth of the river is watched over by St Mawes Castle, sister to Falmouth’s Pendennis and built by Henry VIII as part of his coastal defences. For more information go to visitcornwall.com

REDRUTH

Once a prosperous and important town, Redruth was at the centre of Cornwall’s industrial past. In the 19th Century, Cornwall was was the largest and richest metal mining area in the UK. The landscape around the town is evidence of its tin mining history, with several of the iconic engine houses, including the fascinating East Pool Mine, now owned by the National Trust. Redruth is, Globe Vale’s nearest shopping centre and offers a choice of supermarkets and highstreet shops. See more at visitcornwall.com

NEWQUAY

Newquay is a lively town on the North Cornish coast about 20 miles from Globe Vale. Newquay boasts excellent beaches including the famous Fistral beach – Britain’s surfing capital. It also worth checking out Newquay’s bustling night life and shopping facilities. For more information go to Visit Cornwall.com