For a bustling seaside town with a vibrant historical centre, nowhere beats Penzance, where the roar of the sea combines with culture and history in the far west of Cornwall, with so much to see and do nearby.
We have chosen for you some very special places for your holiday in and around Penzance, from a high-spec central apartment to a woodcutter’s cabin.
Enjoy being in the heart of the historic centre, or opt for a revitalising country retreat in the beautiful Cornish sunshine. Let us make your holiday dream come true.
Look out for pirates when you stay at one of our luxury cottages in Penzance, the eco-friendly capital of west Cornwall. These days, it is a cool south-facing tourist destination with activities for the whole family. Prepare to be bewitched.
A place steeped in the history of secret myths and legend, from smugglers to adventurers, a staycation at Penzance offers all the facilities you would expect from this lovely lido town stretching from the authentic, bustling working fishing harbour at Newlyn in the west out towards magical Marazion to the east.
You are never far from the inviting view of St Michael’s Mount here. On a fine day, take a family outing to Marazion via a level seawall walk , cross the causeway on foot or by boat trip (depending on tides) to see the beguiling cobbled streets, leading to the dreamlike fairy-tale castle on the rocks..
On a sunny day, you won’t be able to resist a dip in the splendid Jubilee Pool, a large triangular art deco open-air lido where you can even paddleboard. Safe swimming and paddling for children makes this a family favourite. Walk along the sea front to Newlyn to visit the renowned art gallery there, for the light here is an artist’s dream. In Newlyn, take a break from cooking to try out the Tolcarne Inn, renowned for its fresh fish, obviously.
Penzance is a town of many curiosities and secrets for you to uncover. Once a tranquil Georgian sea resort, it has literary and cultural, as well as seafaring, connections. Walk along Chapel Street to see the exquisite art deco Egyptian Revival House, and while there, check out the brick-built Rotterdam-style Branwell House, home to Maria Branwell, mother of the world-famous Brontës. The centre has a host of historic pubs, antiques, independent shops, such as The Edge of the World Bookshop, and restaurants but all only a 10-minute walk from the energising spray of the seafront. Or simply visit the varied art exhibitions in the genteel Penlee House Gallery and Museum in the town. The Exchange , a contemporary arts space with glass running the length of its façade is also worthy of your attention.
Meanwhile, relax in the beautifully designed Morrab Gardens, an oasis in the heart of the town, providing delightful secluded walks among sub-tropical trees and shrubs, many unique to Penzance. If you really enjoy beautiful gardens, prepare for something special at Tremenheere sculpture gardens, set in a sheltered valley awash with inspirational eco-friendly sculptures by renowned artists, with the bonus of a bright, modern restaurant of some renown.
Nearby check out Porthgwarra, the cove where actor Aidan Turner took a dip in the sea in Poldark. You are only 10 miles from Land’s End, while the superb surfing beaches of Sennen are a stone’s throw nearer. Blow away the cobwebs by driving to Lamorna and walking the coastal path to Mousehole, or drive to the cliffside theatre Minack for a truly spectacular experience.