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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West Cornwall > Penzance
Jeremy welcomes you to visit him in his Open Studio gallery by appointment. Watch him paint using cut up credit cards and chat with him about his art work and career to date.

West Cornwall
Fascinating family-friendly museum. Discover the hub of Britain’s global communications in the secret WW2 tunnels. Re-opened in June 2014 after a major refurbishment with new exhibitions and experiences. 

West Cornwall > Penzance
An elegant gallery and museum set within a Victorian house and park. Changing exhibitions feature famous ‘Newlyn School’ artists (1880-1930).  There is an excellent café and well-stocked shop.  Open daily M-Sa 10-5 Easter-Sept, 10.30-4.30 Oct.

West Cornwall > Penzance
The Jackson Foundation Gallery is an environmentally informed art space showcasing the work of leading British contemporary artist Kurt Jackson and highlighting the efforts of environmental charities and NGOs.

West Cornwall > Penzance
One of the few remaining 1930s art deco lidos in the entire country, jutting out into beautiful Mount’s Bay, and a famous Penzance landmark. 

West Cornwall
An Iron Age settlement originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago. The village consisted of stone-walled homesteads known as 'courtyard houses', found only on the Land's End peninsula and the Isles of Scilly

West Cornwall
Restored large scale valley gardens with stupendous views over St Michael's Mount. Sub-tropical planting with internationally important art works set in beautiful wooded landscape. Check the website for opening times/prices.

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Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims on this gentle walk from St Ives Bay to St Michael's Mount. 

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