It was an important tin mining centre.
St. Just's Church dates from the 15th century. It has a fine wall painting and an inscribed stone from the 5th century.
The town square has impressive granite buildings. Just off the square is the Plain-an-Gwarry, a round, or amphitheatre, which was used for games and performances of miracle plays.
All around the area to the North are the stark remains of abandoned tin mines, the best known of which is at Botallack.
A short distance to the West is the headland known as Cape Cornwall, and just offshore are the dangerous Brisons Rocks.