10 places to visit near penzance

All of these stunning Cornwall destinations are 40 minutes or less from our town!


A rich maritime history, a choice of great beaches and an artsy vibe all come together to make Falmouth, or ‘Falifornia’ as it’s known to some, one of Cornwall’s very best days out.

The most southerly spot in the UK offers rugged country, soft beaches, hidden coves and plenty of attractions. It’s a little oasis of quiet compared to some spots, too. Ahh…

It’s gorgeous – what more can we say? With its winding streets, perfectly formed harbour and impeccable little harbour beach, Mousehole has to be seen to be believed.

With its azure waters and towering cliffs, Porthcurno is the award-winning beach that would put many a Greek island to shame. Sample its delights, then hop across to the famous Minack Theatre.

With its many beaches, cobbled streets and artistic heritage, the poster child of seaside tourism needs no introduction. Enjoy the vibe on a big day out, then return to the cultured calm of Penzance.

Meet the Cornish town that combines world-class beaches with a World Heritage-status industrial past. Hayle has a wild, romantic beauty like nowhere else in the county. A must visit.

Marazion. It’s about the castle. But it’s not all about the castle. Visit the ancient town that offers beach days out, watersports, gallery browsing and one of the most iconic sites in the UK.

A fishing village with some proper Cornish character, Porthleven has become a top foodie hub in recent years. Potter the harbour, stop for a pint and a bite – and soak up the local scene.

We save the best until last in Cornwall and, for surfers and sun worshippers, our most westerly beach is an absolute gem. Take a surf, have a stroll, or watch the sunset in this picture-perfect cove.

Situated at the wildest ends of the county, St Just is a historic and atmospheric town surrounded by natural beauty spots. Go on – go west and experience some proper Cornwall!