The most Westerly market town in mainland UK and has much to offer. Penzance is on a par with St Ives for arts and culture, and is the home of many art galleries. A very large number of renowned artists live and work in West Cornwall, making Penzance a sought after holiday destination.
There are plenty of independent shops, restaurants and pubs serving tasty locally sourced food. The harbour and Promenade – which boasts a large art deco open air swimming baths – and the seafront are a two minute walk away. Just down from Chapel Street are Quay Street and the Harbour front. Here you will find an array of water based activities from fishing trips, diving opportunities as well as day trips by boat to the beautiful Isles of Scilly. The Dolphin Tavern in Quay Street is rumoured to be one of the most haunted pubs in Cornwall and offers a selection of fine food, local ales and maybe the occasional ‘unseen’ guest!! Nearby Chapel street features some unique architecture, such as the Egyptian House, and the historic Admiral Benbow pub, which has seen much pirate skulduggery over the years.
Penzance is the ideal base to explore West Cornwall. Must-see destinations include Land’s End, Sennen Cove (white sandy beach with superb surf!) and Porthcurno Beach, which is the home of the famous Minack open air theatre. St. Michael’s Mount at Marazion is close by, as is St Ives, The Lizard and The Cathedral City of Truro.
Just three miles west of Penzance, is Mousehole, a traditional Cornish fishing village tucked away in the far west of Cornwall. It offers a number of quality restaurants, a fabulous fish and chip shop, a village store, a couple of pubs and galleries, all nestled within the original narrow cobbled streets. Enjoy the serene harbour at sunset as the small fleet of fishing boats return home.
Mousehole harbour, with its two small sandy beaches and larger pebbled beaches with rock pools, is just waiting to be explored! The village has a regular bus service, is on the cycle path and has the most incredible cliff walks. It is a short drive to Land’s End, Porthcurno, Sennen, St Ives and Marazion to name but a few. It is particularly magical at Christmas with its famous Christmas light display which celebrates the story of local fisherman Tom Bawcock. This attracts visitors from miles around to enjoy the views, sample mulled wine on the harbour and take in the atmosphere. Once experienced, you will continue to return year after year.
A lively traditional fishing port of great character and charm, and is situated just one mile between Penzance and Mousehole. The colourful bustling harbour is home to the well known Penlee Lifeboat, and boasts one of the largest shipping fleets in England. Newlyn offers several fish markets which sell fresh locally caught fish and seafood daily. Steeped in history and world renowned for its huge artist community, Newlyn has numerous art galleries and is home to the famous ‘Newlyn School of Art’ and ‘Newlyn Art Gallery’.
The village offers a range of amenities, including excellent local shops, and there is also a good selection of restaurants and pubs. Newlyn has a lovely pebbled beach and a superb children’s park, which is a short walk from the Promenade in Penzance and the famous open air Lido. At Christmas time, the lights on display are simply stunning.
A small, pretty market town, Marazion is the gateway to St Michael’s Mount. At low tide, an almost mythical causeway leads across the beach and on to the Castle. The sandy beach continues all the way in to Penzance, and offers an opportunity for a cycle ride or walk along the coast. Marazion has an array of galleries, shops and restaurants, and is a popular tourist attraction.
Sennen & Porthcurno
Sennen is world renown for it’s amazing surf beach! The cove is set in a pretty village way below the clifftops with a horse shoe of quaint cornish cottages, galleries & cafes overlooking one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches found in the UK. Surfers from all over the world have Sennen beach on their bucket list. An amazing coastal path with a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean will take you to Lands End (just 1 mile away) or back along the Coast towards Penzance. You can try your hand at a spot of surfing & book a lesson through one of the numerous surf schools run from the beach front. For a perfect end to a perfect day, visit The Old Success Inn, just a stones throw from the beach. Sit on their decking with a glass of something nice, a plate of their delicious homemade food & watch the sunset across the Cove. If there is one place you should visit during your stay, it’s this one! A glorious place regardless of the weather and time of year!
Porthcurno, just 3 miles from Sennen, is home to another of Cornwalls amazing white sandy beaches as well as home to the Famous Minack Theatre & The Telegraph Museum. The beach is approx 1/4 mile walk down a rough footpath from the car park but is well worth the trek! Aqua blue seas, white sand and surrounded by amazing cliff top walks, it is popular with locals & visitors. On a sunny day, you would easily believe you were on a beach in the Caribbean – just beautiful!
Nestled within the beautiful St Ives Bay, this original ancient fishing village has fast become one of the most sought after areas to visit in recent years. Ancient cobbled streets are filled with an array of art shops, boutiques, surf shops, craft stores and numerous fine dining restaurants. This is a one town you must visit during your stay.