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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Third Light, Minack, What's On, Cornwall 2018

3 Sep 2018 to 28 Sep 2018
West Cornwall
The curtain falls on another season at the Minack with a mixture of shows, popular shows like Chicago and Pirates of Penzance, hilarious comedy with Party Piece and a thought provoking Cornish play about World War 1 that should not be missed.
Porthcurno
PL19 6JU
Penzance
Cornwall
Porthcurno
Penlee Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall, What's On 2018

15 Sep 2018 to 17 Nov 2018
West Cornwall > Penzance
A new exhibition at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, ‘Borlase Smart: A Passion for the Sea’, features over seventy works by the popular St Ives artist, Robert Borlase Smart (1881 - 1947).
Morrab Rd
TR18 4HE
Penzance
Cornwall
Morrab Rd
Proms, Minack, What's On, Cornwall, 2018

29 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2018
West Cornwall
Bring your flags, horns and whistles to help create the traditional Proms ambience. A great party atmosphere brings the curtain down on another Minack season
Porthcurno
PL19 6JU
Penzance
Cornwall
Porthcurno

5 Oct 2018 to 7 Oct 2018
West Cornwall
A screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (with audience live foley) Grab your coconuts and go on a quest for the Holy Grail.. Plus, A special screening of Whiskey Galore! with projection mapping.
Minack Theatre
TR19 6JU
Porthcurno
Cornwall
Minack Theatre

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