Things to do in Penzance

There is never a dull moment in Penzance. The town itself is a hive of creativity, the streets lined with quirky shops and independent galleries. Penzance is also perfectly positioned close to some of our favourite attractions, including the magical Minack Theatre and the fairytale castle of St Michael's Mount. Add some of Cornwall's pristine coastline into the mix and you've got something for everyone to enjoy.

Jubilee Pool | Penzance

Fancy a dip?

Penzance draws visitors with its unique charm and iconic attractions, such as Jubilee Pool, the largest sea water pool in the UK. Overlooking the beach, Jubilee Pool is a striking Art Deco lido that has been a local treasure since its construction in the 1930s. With the addition of the geothermal pool, it's the perfect all-weather attraction. This historic lido, meticulously restored in recent years, is a must-visit spot for both relaxation and recreation.

Or, if you can brave a few degrees less, why not head to the beach for a dip in the sea?

St Michael's Mount
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Minack Theatre

What to do & see

Penzance offers a myriad of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Begin your journey by exploring the historic Penzance Promenade, where you can take leisurely strolls along the seafront while admiring stunning views of Mount's Bay and Newlyn.

For history enthusiasts, a visit to Penlee House Gallery and Museum is a must, and don't miss the opportunity to catch a show at the iconic Minack Theatre, a breathtaking open-air venue carved into the cliffs overlooking the sea.

There are also a number of glorious gardens in and around Penzance, including the tranquil Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. Simply sit back and relax in nature.

From Penzance, you can also enjoy a trip to the Isles of Scilly and enjoy an island adventure only 28 miles from Cornwall.

It’s not just Penzance’s bustling town, breath-taking views and close proximity to iconic Cornish landmarks that make it such an attractive destination. There’s its history, its gardens, its atmosphere and so much more that end up ensuring it is one of Cornwall’s worthiest visits. Find out more and plan your trip today.

  • To the east of Penzance the sandy beaches of Mount's Bay stretch along the coast to St Michael's Mount. It's a shallow bay, fine for swimming but also a favourite with windsurfers.

    Infront of Penzance promenade there is a sand and shingle beach, often covered at high tide. People swim off of the Battery Rocks, whilst the Jubilee Pool now offers the luxury of geothermally heated bathing all year round.

  • Yes, it's the name of the local rugby club!, the Cornish Pirates, who play at the Mennaye Field in the town.

    The Pirates of Penzance was a comic opera written by Gilbert and Sullivan in the 1890's, and was entirely ficticious, as far as we know!

  • It will take you around 10 to 15 minutes to walk across the causeway from Marazion to the ticket station at the entrance to the Mount. The National Trust recommend three hours to visit all there is to see, including the gardens.

    Access to the castle itself is via a sttep and uneven path. This is difficult for visitors with limited mobility although there are some benches along the route to the summit which can be used as a resting stop.

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to take wheelchairs or pushchairs up to the castle and even going across the causeway can be difficult.

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