Creativity, Cornish culture and foodie delights unfold in the heart of charismatic and historic Penryn.
Like a moment stopped in time, Penryn is a blend of historic architecture, pretty opeways, and cobbled backstreets. Striking bunting zig-zags above the rise and fall of the town’s undulating pathways and its collection of independent shops.
Once the main port on the river, with a thriving trade in fish, tin, and copper, Penryn draws its name from the weekly medieval fish market, where oysters and other shellfish from the Helford River were sold by the women of the town on wooden stalls.
Historophiles will rejoice at the town’s antiquity. With buildings dating back to Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian times and steeped in history, it is known to be one of the oldest in Cornwall.
Lead your way past the iconic clock tower down the sloping road, towards the enchanting estuary and the rolling fields that border its bank. Close to the water, walking trails to the pretty town of Flushing offer miles to meander.
Follow the river along Commercial Road to discover foodie gems such as Asian-fusion star, Bango Kitchen. Coffee aficionados will find their fix at Situ Cafe, where signature roasts are served in Origin Coffee’s contemporary and plant-filled space, alongside a curated brunch menu.
For those seeking ingredients to cook a fine fish supper, independent fishmonger, Seabourne, supplies first-class fresh fish and seafood caught directly from day boats working out of Penryn, Falmouth, Mylor, and Flushing. When ease, speed, and golden batter is preferred, there’s nothing better than a fast visit to Mariners Fish and Chips, places in the heart of Penryn.
Pop into the characterful pubs for a pint of local brew beside a log-burning fire and peek inside creative hubs such as Jubilee and Grays Wharf, which set the pace for Penryn’s growing artistic society. Stumble upon Bohl’s Yard, a trendy courtyard just off the main high street, and find a happy selection of quirky independent shops and Conde-Nast-featured Pizza Pls.
From riverside abodes that drink in the beauty of the Penryn River, to open-plan Grade II listed buildings with vistas over the wharves, see our collection of Penryn cottages and self-catering holiday homes in this up-and-c0ming Cornish town.
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