Penzance West Cornwall - Cliff top, beach and sea

Places to stay in Penzance

Welcome to Penzance

Discover this historic port town in Cornwall.

Perhaps best known for its pirates, Penzance has one of the mildest climates in the UK and so it's perfect for a British seaside break. The presence of tropical plants and palm trees is an indicator of just how good the weather down here is.

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Things to do in Penzance

Five free things to do in Penzance

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Visitors can find a treasure trove of fine art, natural history and archaeology exhibitions in this museum. Admission is free on Saturdays.

National Dahlia Collection

Home to an incredible variety of dahlias in almost every colour imaginable, this is a great experience for flower lovers. As their growth is seasonal, it's best to visit in spring or summer.

Stone circles

The mysterious stone circles of Boscawen-Un, the Merry Maidens and Tregeseal East all have interesting stories attached to them - ask the locals to find out more!

Carn Euny Ancient Village

These extremely well-preserved Iron Age ruins are testament to the ancient history that's all around Penzance. Visitors can see the foundations of stone houses and an underground passage.


A trip to this pretty and charmingly-named fishing village is a must while you're in Penzance. Don't forget to sample the local stargazy pie!

It's not just pirates that love Penzance

The vibrant coastal town of Penzance is a fantastic destination for a holiday - scenic, rich in history and filled with great places to eat and drink. Its position at the south-westerly tip of England has led to a long association with pirates and plunder, but there are even older stories to discover in its Celtic monuments and stone circles.

Penzance is also home to the Wharfside Shopping Centre, the largest retail centre for miles around with a variety of fashion, toy and homeware shops. With the Eden Project only a short journey away, there truly is something everybody can enjoy on a visit to Penzance.

Lands End

Land's End

The most south-westerly point in mainland Britain, with spectacular views, iconic signpost and a range of visitor attractions.

An arty fish textured facade outside a cornish fishmarket in Cornwall

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

The only Cornish gallery specialising in the Newlyn School artists, the museum also covers West Cornwall's social history. Visit the Gallery's website

Sennen Cove Beach

Sennen Cove Surfing School

A long sweeping beach, ideal for surfing. The school has an excellent reputation offering lesson for all abilities.     Visit the website

St Michaels Mount

St Michael's Mount

From monks to a Cornish giant, the history and mythology that layer up on this rocky tidal island near Penzance is richly diverse.