The Parish of Constantine is one of the largest in Cornwall. It stretches from the granite ridge of Carmenellis in the north to the banks of the Helford River in the south.
Employment over the centuries has centred on the river, farming and granite quarries. Now with very little quarrying done, and no schooners and barques using the river, tourism is very important, with lots of vessels enjoying the river with its beautiful creeks and small beaches. Walkers, garden lovers and golfers all recharge their batteries in this lovely area.
The Parish consists of Constantine village, and the hamlets of Port Navas (home of the Duchy Oyster Fishery) and Seworgan. Constantine’s Fore Street is made up of traditional granite cottages, with a 13th Century Parish Church, and a 19th Century Methodist Chapel which has now become a unique arts centre and museum known as the Tolmen Centre. The village also has a popular Silver band, as well as Garden, Art and Agricultural Societies.
Within the village there is a Spar grocers (8am to 9pm) and a Post Office & General Store with very large off-licence (including 500 different whiskies). There is also a Craft Gallery with a local Information Centre and Internet access.
There are Doctor’s and Dentist’s surgeries; a village pub (The Queens Arms), and a Social Club. Just outside the village, a fifteen minute footpath stroll away, is the Trengilly Wartha Inn, which was awarded “Pub of the Year” in 1998 and ’99, with real ales; an excellent restaurant, and bar food.
The village is served with regular bus services to Helston and Falmouth (both about 7 miles away) and Truro (14 miles). The village taxi service is operated by the Constantine Carriage Company (01326 341291 / 07890 489040).