Upriver from Falmouth, Penryn was given its Charter in 1236 and flourished as a busy port in Tudor times, exporting granite from quarries at nearby Mabe until the last century.
The old character of the town has been preserved with some fine Georgian buildings, a cobbled square and many winding "opes" or alleyways.
Today, Penryn has a variety of shops, cafes, pubs and galleries to meet everyday needs. Visitors may also be interested in the Penryn Museum, which houses many artefacts reflecting the town’s varied and colourful past.
The busy port of Falmouth, with its glorious sweeping bay (one of the world’s largest natural harbours), long seafront and excellent sandy beaches is about three miles away.
Henry VIII built Pendennis and St. Mawes castles in the mid 16th Century on opposite sides of the Fal Estuary to protect the anchorage which, today, is one of the great sailing and water sports centres of the world and is home to the highly acclaimed National Maritime Museum.
Leisure activities within easy reach include: fishing, river cruises, cycle hire, golf, horse riding, sailing and water sports, coastal and inland footpaths, historic houses, castles and gardens, mining trails and heritage sites and, of course, the spectacular Eden Project.