Penzance

Discover Penzance

Famous for its pirates, well the singing variety anyway, Penzance is a historic port on the south facing shores of Mount’s Bay and has one of the mildest climates in the UK. One of the striking things about the town is the abundance of palm trees and gardens full of sub-tropical plants, a sure sign that you have arrived somewhere unique made even more special by the sight of St Michael’s Mount out to sea that seems to hover magically over the water. Wander the town’s streets and you’ll come across the fabulously decorated Egyptian House, the statue of local hero Sir Humphry Davy (pioneer of mine safety) and art galleries, book sellers and new age shops which add a slightly bohemian feel to the town while down at the harbour boat trips, sea safaris and fishing excursions provide some great seaborne activities.

Reasons to visit Penzance

  • Close to the famous St Michael's Mount
  • Fantastic beaches nearby including Perranuthnoe, Lamorna Cove, Kenneggey Sands and Praa Sands
  • South West Coast Path - St Ives to Penzance route
  • Easy access to the beautioful Isles of Scilly by ferry
  • Top notch restaurants for foodies
  • Shopping

Things to do in Penzance

  • The Penlee House Museum gives an introduction to the artistic side of Cornwall through its well-known collection of paintings by the Newlyn School of Artists as well as interesting displays of local antiquities and artefacts. On site there’s a pretty good cafe renowned for its gorgeous cakes
  • If the tide’s out walk across the causeway, or take a boat over to St Michael’s Mount home to a fairytale castle, tropical gardens with oversized plants and enough magical mystery to fill a Harry Potter book 
  • Have a wander around Morrab Gardens near the seafront. Landscaped in Victorian times and turned into a municipal park in 1889, it’s full of many subtropical plant species 
  • Take a stroll along Chapel Street, home to a number of characteristic pubs and antique shops. Amongst the row of 18th century houses, look out for number 25 where Maria Branwell, mother of Charlotte, Anne and Emily Bronte once lived and have a drink at the ancient Admiral Benbow Inn, which features in the first few pages of the famous seafaring novel Treasure Island 
  • See cutting edge, contemporary art at The Exchange Gallery. Opened in 2007, the large exhibition space features national and international works, alongside the best of those produced in the local area 
  • For a quintessential Cornish moment, take a walk along the promenade, grab some fish and chips from the Captain Fish Bar, sit on the seafront and enjoy the spectacular view out across the bay
  • Have a plunge in the art deco Jubilee lido swimming pool located on the only promenade in Cornwall which looks out Mount’s Bay. Constructed in the 1930s, the nostalgic design harks back to more gracious times. Open 10.30am-6pm from June to end of August 
  • Showing some of the best independent films from the UK and around the world, the Penwith Film Society screens non blockbuster movies at Penzance’s Savoy Cinema, believed to be England’s longest running cinema 

Accessibility:

Spacious disabled toilet with hoist and trolley for disabled people and those with profound and multiple learning disabilities can be found at Poppies Community Café and Gallery, Knights Yard, Belgravia Street, Penzance.

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Great Western Railways Famous Five train ride to Cornwall

★★★★Visit Britain
West Cornwall
Choose between friendly, top quality bed and breakfast in a warm, comfortable and stylish guest room within our spacious granite farmhouse or choose the freedom of self-catering in a charming, well equipped cottage.

★★★☆☆ Visit Britain
West Cornwall
Near Marazion. Comfortable, detached, traditional stone barn conversion, sleeping 2. A carport leads to a patio overlooking our meadow. Sole cottage, personally supervised. One mile to Prussia Cove superb coastal walks and sandy beaches.

★★★★Visit Britain
West Cornwall > Penzance
The Ship Inn, Mousehole, two miles south of Penzance, is the archetypal Cornish village and boasts what is said to be one of the most beautiful harbours in Britain, once a thriving centre for pilchard fishing.

West Cornwall
Mount Haven Hotel is a boutique hotel overlooking the iconic St Michael’s Mount in Marazion, West Cornwall. Excellent reputation for relaxation, food and views. Boasts a stylish and sophisticated terrace and gardens.

★★★☆☆ AA
West Cornwall
Roselands Caravan and Camping Park is a traditional 4 star family run caravan and camping park which is dog friendly, with resident owners who bring a happy, relaxed and friendly approach to the park. Six miles from Penzance.

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West Cornwall > Penzance
Hotel Penzance is an Edwardian 4 star townhouse hotel situated in West Cornwall in an elevated position looking over the waterfront activity of Penzance harbour and bay.  Welcoming, intimate and comfortable, with only 25 individual rooms.

★★★★AA
West Cornwall
Marazion Hotel, in Marazion, West Cornwall is a small, friendly hotel with 10 contemporary en-suite rooms, some with fabulous views over St Michael's Mount. 100 yards from gorgeous Marazion beach.

★★★★★ Visit Britain
West Cornwall > Penzance
Unique boutique bolt holes with theatrical settings and  If you are able to prize yourselves away from your luxury cottage and explore,  coastal walks, hidden Coves, and stylish restaurants all waiting to be discovered.  

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