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Penryn is one of the oldest towns in Cornwall, England.

The town of Penryn has been for thousands of years. It is one of the oldest towns in Cornwall. It was founded in 1216, and then later being incorporated in 1621 by King James I.

Located on the Penryn River, the thriving university town is seeing a new breath of fresh air, combining the old with the new. Buildings throughout the town of Penryn feature architecture which dates back to the Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian periods. Visitors to Cornwall can visit many of these castles and homes located throughout the town. One of the most beautiful sites for tourists is the 16th Century Pendennis Castle built by Henry VIII. This huge dwelling was built as one of a pair of forts established to protect against invasion from Spain and France. Nowadays, the castle is open to the public for viewing.

Penryn’s maritime industry started the 18th Century when the large commercial centre along the river acted as docks for large boats carrying copper and granite. Penryn was a major exporter for granite, actually,  some of the most prominent dwellings and world-renowned monuments were built from the granite stone from Penryn (London Bridge and the South Bank).

Boating life in the community is still prominent throughout Penryn. The National Maritime Museum is a magical place full of boats.

Penryn has several popular fishing spots- nested in coves surrounded by the high cliffs that call Penryn home. For those that like trailing or biking; as well as, walking tours; there are several trails throughout the numerous gardens in the area; as well, there are great paths along the cliffs and harbour area. Many of the students in the area have also found that surfing the seas of Penryn is a great activity, as well.

For those that enjoy shopping and browsing the town square- you’re welcome to come in and visit. The restaurants and pubs throughout the town play host to many local favourite bands and musicians; there’s nothing quite like the great fun, friends, and food found in the downtown area of Penryn.

Most accommodations throughout the Penryn area are century-old homes that play host to visitors on holiday. Regardless, they are all well kept and feature modern day amenities. Most are within walking distance from the university campus and the downtown area. Most of the accommodations feature beautiful views of the seaside and cliffs that surround the mystical town; as well. These Bed and Breakfast accommodations offer visitors well-priced, spacious rooms; as well, most of the establishments are owned and operated by locals- there are freshly prepared meals for all that call the houses home for their visit. For those that prefer sleeping out with nature; there are camping sites and caravanning available for large and small families. There’s even one sheep farm that offers accommodations to families while on holiday. The thought of sleeping out under the stars in such a mystical surrounding is enough to get any avid sportsman excited.

A short or long stay in the town of Penryn has much to offer for couples, small and large families. Because the town is still not a major tourist capital; it offers quiet times spent with those you love- at very affordable prices. If you plan on visiting the Western Cornwall district; consider a trip to the small port town of Penryn; it’s a magnificent place to see. It offers those that visit a look at maritime history at its finest, sports fishing and boating, as well as, fine food and accommodations. It’s a diamond waiting to be found.

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Melbourne Cottage

1 Melbourne Cottages, Potters Lane, Boscastle PL35 0AP, United Kingdom
Melbourne Cottage is a part of a charming conversion of an early 1900’s Coach House.

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