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Places to stay in Penzance

Penzance is a town bursting with history, from the geological wonders of the craggy coastline to the museums and exhibitions dedicated to the area's mining industries. Cornwall is known for having a very distinctive heritage, boasting its own legends and even its own language, and stories from these can be seen across Penzance and in the surrounding area.

Whether you're looking for an activity-packed holiday in the countryside or just a quintessential seaside break with the family, Penzance offers a peaceful alternative to the busier destinations, with a quiet buzz that keeps it entertaining and easy access to all of Cornwall's major attractions.

Hostels in Penzance
Hostels in Penzance

YHA has a number of hostels in Cornwall, making a family break to the Penzance area simple and affordable. Situated on the most south-western point of England, these hostels provide a warm, family-friendly environment with self-catering facilities and private rooms, ensuring you and your family can explore Penzance at your own pace.


Five Free Things To Do In Penzance

Land's End
The very tip of England, Land's End promises beautiful views and an unforgettable afternoon out. Head to the Visitor's Centre for tales of smugglers and piracy throughout the area's history!

Sennen Cove
Perfect for little explorers, Sennen Cove is a small beach sheltered by the Pedn-men-du headland, promising beautiful views and a great coastal walk for all ages.

Porthcurno Beach
With soft golden sands and summer lifeguard cover, this is the ideal beach for sunbathing, paddling and playing. Promenade facilities include cafés and ice-cream parlours, perfect for ducking out of the sun!

St. Michael's Mount
Take a walk along the causeway to see rare wildlife and spot local birds and flowers along the way. Especially good if you have an identification book with you, to turn the walk into a nature trail!

Saint Ives
Head to the famous Saint Ives in Carbis Bay for the afternoon, where you'll find a beautifully kept town and stunning beaches, as well as a number of craft shops and excellent views from the seafront.

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