Things to do in and around Penzance
Glencree House B&B in Penzance stands on the shores of Mount’s Bay, Cornwall’s largest bay located at the far west of Britain’s south-west peninsula. With spectacular views of St. Michael’s Mount and the Lizard Peninsula, great road & public transport links and the mildest climate in mainland Britain, it is ideally situated for those wishing to explore West Cornwall at any time of year.
It is perfect for walkers, birders or those just wanting to relax and unwind from the stress of life! The spectacularly rugged Cornish coastline offers dramatic towering cliffs, secluded sandy coves, incredible sunsets and wild seas.
West Cornwall’s moorlands attract a diverse abundance of wildlife, and from its coastline you can regularly see seals, dolphins and basking sharks. It is no wonder that people return year after year and never tire of its beauty.
Head for the historic market town of Marazion, Newlyn fishing port (the largest fishing port in Cornwall), Mousehole (pronounced Mowzul) or Sennen Cove. Experience one of the performances at the Minack Open Air Theatre, cut into the Cornish coastline with the sea as a dramatic backdrop. Visit Cape Cornwall and the adjacent ancient tin mines, or escape to the dramatic remoteness of the Lizard Peninsula (Britain’s most southerly point) with it’s unrivalled beauty and unique feeling of space. One of the most beautiful seascapes in the British Isles will be on your doorstep.
Epitomising the beauty of a seaside town steeped in history, St. Ives is loved for its’ superb beaches, narrow cobbled streets, flower filled courtyards and warm welcome. Its Mediterranean allure, coupled with its distinctive Cornish character, restaurants and art galleries make it unmissable.
For art enthusiasts, a visit to the Tate Gallery in St. Ives is a must. The newly refurbished and extended Penlee House Gallery and Museum just 5 minutes walk away in Penzance, with its priceless collection of Newlyn School artists provides many treasures not to be missed. Add to these the Newlyn Art Gallery, The Exchange Gallery in Penzance and the myriad of other smaller galleries, and you will find West Cornwall rich in diversity and styles.
Along with the world renowned Eden Project, Cornwall boasts no fewer than 74 gardens to visit, making it a horticulturist’s (and gardener’s) paradise! Trengwainton, Trewidden, Trebah, Glendurgan, Trelissick, Lanhydrock, Trerice and the internationally known Lost Gardens of Heligan to name a few.
A comprehensive clean up coupled with increased life guard cover has made our beautiful beaches both safe and pollution free. Marazion beach is a gently shelving beach ideal for families and those who need easy access. Other popular beaches are Porthcurno, St Ives and Sennen Cove.
If you prefer the less-visited coves, try Porthgwarra, Mullion Cove, Kynance Cove and many others, all delightful, all unique and all within easy driving distance. For those of you who don’t want to get in your car, Penzance beach is only 50 metres away !
Adults and children love Land’s End (we highly recommend the 1 mile cliff top walk to and/or from Sennen Cove to Land’s End) and Flambard’s with their many activities for a wet day. Also a must is the Paradise Park at Hayle with its awards for conservation and the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek where sick and injured seals are rescued and nursed all the year round.
Sadly Penzance’s open air art deco lido (our personal favourite as it’s just a 5 minute walk from home) was badly damaged by the winter storms in February 2014 and is not currently open. Any contributions to the restoration will be greatly appreciated.
The Penwith peninsula has the highest concentration of ancient sites in Britain, many of which are easily accessible such as the remains of the Chysauster iron age village and the standing stones Merry Maidens, Lanyon Quoit and Men An Tol.
Great ways to make the most of your visit include half-day guided tours of West Cornwall exploring the region’s history and mystery, guided walking tours, wildlife watching boat trips, scuba diving & conservation, fishing boat trips , wild food walks and foraging or the more adventurous may enjoy coasteering.
You may also like to attend one of the many festivals and other cultural events held in Cornwall each year, particularly the Golowan midsummer festival in Penzance or the Montol midwinter arts festival in Penzance. Other events close to us include the Newlyn Fish Festival, St Ives September Festival , Sea Salts & Sail in Mousehole, Flora Day in Helston with the Furry Dance, Lafrowda summer festival in St Just and ofcourse the Mousehole Christmas Lights.
Should it rain during your visit, don’t worry as there are still 101 things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall.