Self Catering in and around Penzance

Penzance is perfectly positioned as a gateway to some of Cornwall’s most famous tourist destinations, including the Isles of Scilly. It’s only a few miles from places such as St Ives, Land’s End, and of course St Michael’s Mount.

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Penzance has one of the mildest climates in the UK, and one of the striking things about the town is the abundance of gardens full of sub-tropical plants, a sure sign that you have arrived somewhere unique.

Chapel St, Penzance

As you wander around the heart of Penzance you’ll encounter art galleries, second-hand book sellers, new age shops, and bijou boutiques, all of which add a slightly Bohemian feel to the town.

On Chapel Street you will find plenty of places to eat and drink including some of Penzance’s most iconic pubs. At the bottom stands St Mary’s Church, in a position that gives the town its name in Cornish, the Holy Headland.

For a quintessential Cornish moment, grab some fish and chips, take a walk along the promenade, and enjoy the spectacular views out across Mount’s Bay. The more adventurous might fancy a plunge in the art deco Jubilee Pool, which now uses 21st century technology to pipe warm water from beneath the ground to heat a section, letting you swim all year round.

For more details on self-catering in and around Penzance, click on the link below.

  • To the east of Penzance the sandy beaches of Mount's Bay stretch along the coast to St Michael's Mount. It's a shallow bay, fine for swimming but also a favourite with windsurfers.

    Infront of Penzance promenade there is a sand and shingle beach, often covered at high tide. People swim off of the Battery Rocks, whilst the Jubilee Pool now offers the luxury of geothermally heated bathing all year round.

  • Yes, it's the name of the local rugby club!, the Cornish Pirates, who play at the Mennaye Field in the town.

    The Pirates of Penzance was a comic opera written by Gilbert and Sullivan in the 1890's, and was entirely ficticious, as far as we know!

  • No, not unless you are a National Trust member. Also, you now have to book in advance, even to get on the island. (November 2022)

  • It will take you around 10 to 15 minutes to walk across the causeway from Marazion to the ticket station at the entrance to the Mount. The National Trust recommend three hours to visit all there is to see, including the gardens.

    Access to the castle itself is via a sttep and uneven path. This is difficult for visitors with limited mobility although there are some benches along the route to the summit which can be used as a resting stop.

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to take wheelchairs or pushchairs up to the castle and even going across the causeway can be difficult.

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