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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★★★★★ Visit Britain
West Cornwall > Mousehole > Penzance
5 star gold award luxury one bedroom cottage set in a wonderful rural location on the south coast of the Land's End peninsula, perfect base from which to explore this enchanting area at any time of the year.

West Cornwall > Marazion > Penzance
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.

★★★★★ Visit Britain
West Cornwall > Penzance > Film and Literature > Poldark
2 unique, award winning self catering holiday cottages on the edge of Penzance. Both cottages have been beautifully and carefully restored to offer understated luxury with fine décor and complimentary cream tea on arrival.

★★★★★ AA
West Cornwall > Penzance
Camilla House is a guest house in Penzance where friendly welcome awaits you.   An elegant Grade II listed building within a conservation area, graded as 5* Gold by the AA with that personal touch.

★★★☆☆ Visit Britain
West Cornwall > Marazion > Penzance
Gulval Cottages | Chyandaunce accommodates 8 people and Chyancrowse 2. Parking space. Courtyard garden. Pets welcome. Beaches, countryside, cultural activities close by. Suitable for all seasons

★★★★Visit Britain
West Cornwall > Marazion > Penzance
Enchanting 4 star character cottages in a prime coastal location offering charming accommodation with magnificent sea views. Please call to confirm rates for 5 nights or more as discounts may apply.

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West Cornwall > Helston > Penzance
Situated in a quiet and secluded location between Penzance and Helston, west Cornwall, this tastefully converted and quality furnished one bedroom barn is ideal for walkers and cyclists who are looking for relaxation and comfort at the end of the day.

★★★☆☆ AA
West Cornwall > Lands End > Penzance > Sennen > St. Ives
Family run site on the west coast of Cornwall at St Just, close to Lands End in West Cornwall and around 15 miles from Penzance and St Ives. Camping pitches, luxury caravans and cottage available.  

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