In the 19th century this market town was the hub of the mining industry, and today many of the historic commercial buildings remain such as the Victorian Theatre and the Mining Exchange. Nearby beaches include Porthtowan, Chapel Porth and just 10 minutes away is the pretty coastal village of Portreath. No stay in the area is complete without popping by the Cornwall Gold centre, on site are 18 acres of gardens, a jewellery workshop and fun childrens activities such as Pick a Pearl and The Bear Works. You can also watch the tin streaming process at the Tolgus Tin Mill. Other nearby points of interest include Wheal Peevor and Gwennap Pit.
Stithians Lake is popular for windsurfing and sailing, there are a range of water sports available with qualified instructors to hand. Another great day for all the family is Heartlands, with indoor play areas and botanical gardens. This World Heritage Site is also the key gateway to other mining sites such as Poldark Mine, East Pool Mine and Geevor.
The visitor centre at Alma Place has interesting records of the parish and local heritage, the Tregellas tapestries are also a lovely display of culture and Cornish history. The Moseley Toy and Train Museum has hundreds of operational models and vintage trains. There is a skating rink locally, a pirate themed soft play area and laser tag arena in case of a rainy day.