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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Montol Festival, Penzance, Cornwall

21 Dec 2018
West Cornwall > Penzance
Arts and community festival celebrating the midwinter solstice and Cornish traditions of the past on Montol Eve on December 21, when beacons are lit throughout the town, parades and street entertainment.
Montol Festival
TR18 2PR
Penzance
Cornwall
Montol Festival
Gibson & Sons Penzance, What's On, Cornwall 2019

12 Jan 2019 to 16 Mar 2019
West Cornwall > Penzance
A new exhibition, ‘Luminaries: Victorian Photographers in West Cornwall’, will give visitors an insight into the lives of the local community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries through rare images of West Penwith from the dawn of the photographic age.
Penlee Gallery & Gardens
TR18 4HE
Penzance
Cornwall
Penlee Gallery & Gardens
St Piran's Play, Perranporth, Cornwall

2 Mar 2019 to 5 Mar 2019
Cornwall
Celebrations take place across Cornwall to honour St Piran, one of the most popular patron Saints. Be it an open air play, a singalong in a pub or a procession through a town, just look out for a black and white flag.
Bodmin, Truro, Redruth, Perranporth & Penzance
Cornwall
Golowan Festival Penzance 2018

21 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019
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
Penzance Literary Festival, Cornwall, What's on

3 Jul 2019 to 6 Jul 2019
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
Lafrowda Festival, St Just, West Cornwall

5 Jul 2019 to 20 Jul 2019
West Cornwall
An annual event celebrating community arts, culminating in Lafrowda Day  when there will be a day of free entertainment to suit every taste, with street performers, stalls, refreshments, bouncy castles and three spectacular processions.
Lafrowda Festival
TR19 7HD
Penzance
Cornwall
Lafrowda Festival
Newlyn Fish Festival, Cornwall

26 Aug 2019
West Cornwall > Penzance
The organisers of Newlyn Fish Festival have announced the cancelation of the 2018 festival to enable them to develop the annual fundraiser into a bigger and better event in 2019.
Newlyn Fish Festival
TR18 5JB
Newlyn
Penzance
Newlyn Fish Festival

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