What to do in Penzance

A lively contemporary arts scene. Exotic gardens. The highest concentration of ancient sites in Europe. A coastline that’s the envy of the world.

Fitting it all in during your visit to Penzance is going to be tricky. But it’s definitely a good problem to have!

For culture vultures, Penzance offers a chance to soak up the stunning fisherfolk portraits and maritime scenes of the world-famous Newlyn School.
Modern art lovers can seek out contemporary exhibitions from internationally renowned names and local legends.

Meanwhile, beautiful gardens abound, and stunning coastal walks will invigorate the body and elevate the soul.

Then there’s the surfing, kayaking, sea fishing, and historical excursions. And we’ve barely mentioned discovering hidden coves or basking on sandy beaches.

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In Penzance, there’s always something on the horizon – join us for community events, festivals and exhibitions.

Our guides, walks and fascinating local features make it easy to explore Penzance – whether you’re here or at home.

With a vibrant, creative atmosphere and a year-round calendar of events, life is anything but ordinary.

Penzance’s history stretches back centuries and features all the storybook greats: pirates, smugglers, invaders and adventuring heroes.