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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What's on, Penlee Gallery & Museum

4 Feb 2017 to 3 Jun 2017
West Cornwall > Penzance
A new exhibition called A Casket of Pearls: Twenty Years of Collecting at Penlee shows how its marvellous collections have developed over two decades, through fine and decorative art, social history, photography and archaeology.
Morrab Road
TR18 4HE
Penzance
Morrab Road
Masked man, Golowan Festival, Penzance, Cornwall

16 Jun 2017 to 25 Jun 2017
West Cornwall > Penzance
Penzance community celebration of the traditional Feast of St. John. The festival has a packed programme of artists in celebration of music, performing arts & theatre.
Golowan Festival
TR18 4EF
Penzance
Cornwall
Golowan Festival
Lafrowda Festival, St Just, West Cornwall

1 Jul 2017 to 15 Jul 2017
West Cornwall > Lands End > Penzance
An annual event celebrating community arts with twelve hours of free entertainment to suit every taste, with street performers, stalls, refreshments, bouncy castles and three spectacular processions.
Lafreowda Festival
TR19 7HD
Penzance
Cornwall
Lafreowda Festival
Penzance Literary Festival, Cornwall. What's on

5 Jul 2017 to 8 Jul 2017
West Cornwall > Penzance
The Penzance Literary Festival is a festival for everyone who enjoys words – the written word, the spoken word, the recited word and the sung word too. 
Penzance Literary Festival
TR18 4AJ
Penzance
Cornwall
Penzance Literary Festival
Silent Disco, Penlee Park, Near Penzance West Cornwall, What's on July

29 Jul 2017
West Cornwall > Penzance
Hidden deep in the grounds of Penlee Park, there is a secret garden with an achingly good soundtrack that plays deep into the night to keep you dancing amongst the trees.
Morrab Rd
TR18 4EX
Penzance
Morrab Rd
Gin & Jazz in the Park, Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance, West Cornwall What's on

29 Jul 2017
West Cornwall > Penzance
Hand selected flavoursome and unique spirits along with some very fine music and delectable mixers to create a summer garden party at Penzance’s premier summer venue!
Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre
TR18 4HE
Penzance
Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre
Newlyn Fish Festival, Cornwall

28 Aug 2017
West Cornwall > Penzance
Celebrating all things fishy in Britain’s premier fishing port where you can satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you’re likely to find anywhere and help to raise money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen
Newlyn Fish Festival
TR18 5JB
Newlyn
Penzance
Newlyn Fish Festival

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