On our doorstep to explore
Mousehole – a 45 minute walk (2.5 miles)
A paved walk all the way from Penzance to Mousehole with a wee bit of an incline as you follow the coastline with stunning views of the Mounts Bay and the Lizard in the distance
Beyond Newlyn is the picture -post card Cornish village and fishing port of Mousehole. Cobbled street, quant fisherman’s cottages, Cafe’s and bistro’s, harbour pub, art galleries and craft shops.
But be warned do not take your car beyond the Old Coastguard Hotel as the roads are very narrow
What you will love about Mousehole
- Sitting on the quay with an ice cream looking out to St. Michael’s mount in the distance
- The walk from Penzance to Mousehole has breath-taking views of the coastline and the colours of the sea
- Al fresco dining at the Old Coastguard or 2 Fore Street
- A coffee with a view – at the Rock Pool Cafe overlooking the sea
- People watching from the small sandy harbour
- The hidden away cottages and art scene gems as you explore the small cobbled lanes
- The adventure of the Mousehole to Larmorna Cove coastal path- a medium effort walk and uneven surface
- The children’s story of the Mousehole Cat
- The stunning Christmas lights – they are very special
Newlyn – a 10 minutes seafront walk
A short stroll from Penzance, is the working harbour village of Newlyn. Newlyn harbour and fish market is one of the UK largest fishing ports and just a must to visit and absorb the vibrant nature of the Cornish fishing industry. The walk from Penzance is via the sea front, paved all the way so ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs and gentle walkers.
In the late 1800’s Newlyn saw the arrival of a creative artists colony that became known as the New School. The artists that moved to Newlyn were inspired by the day to day life of the harbour, the comings and goings of the fleet and the anxious wait of families who watched for the boats to return safely home. Many of these works can be seen at the Penlee House Gallery.
What you will love about Newlyn
- It’s a bustling working harbour – if you are people, sea, nature or boat watcher, you will be in your element
- The historic “Newlyn Trail” - explore the heritage and unique global connections and artistic roots through a walking trail of Newlyn
- Savouring the art scene - Newlyn Art Gallery and commercial art galleries
- Newlyn has some great restaurants – The Tolcarne Inn & The Mackeral Sky, The Bistro at Newlyn Cinema, The Bridge Pizzeria
- Authentic Cornish Fisherman’s pubs
- Great Ice Cream at Jelberts the oldest ice cream makers in Cornwall
- Some superb pottery, art and crafts & collectibles shops to explore
- Great coffee at Lovetts & Dukes
Marazion & St. Michaels Mount – a 50 to 60 minute walk (2.5 miles)
Is accessed by the surfaced and even coastal path between Penzance and Marazion. It is a lovely walk, cycle ride or jog and certainly one to have on your itinerary.
Marazion is an ancient market town and is a great place to visit any time of the year- sea views, beach walks and stunning views of the impossibly romantic castle of St. Michael’s Mount, perched atop an ancient island, just 500 metres from the coast.
Plenty of galleries, art and gift shops, cafes, puts and restaurant.
What you will love about Marazion
- The walk from Penzance to Marazion – reviving sea air and amazing views
- St. Michael’s Mount and its subtropical gardens and the myths and legends that come to life inside the Castle walls
- Marazion beach – with cafes, peace of mind of high season life guards and water sports equipment hire and instruction
- The intriguing independent gift shops, galleries and cafes along the winding streets
- The onward walk (away from Penzance) from Marazion to Perranuthnoe (approx. 1 mile) Prussia Cove (approx. 2 miles) – it is stunning coastline and sea
- views, which is pretty flat but in parts uneven surface and relatively accessible to all walking abilities
- The good choice of cafes, restaurant’s and pubs to suit all appetites and occasions including the Mexico Inn in Long Rock before you get into Marazion.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
In brief: Set in a sheltered valley near Gulval, just outside Penzance, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens form a modern landscape for art and plant lovers alike. Sub-tropical planting sits alongside installations by artists including David Nash, Tim Shaw and Penny Saunders.
Don’t miss: Travel underground to see the sky from James Turrell’s elliptical viewing chamber; fantastic on a clear winter day when twilight falls early. The Kitchen is a relaxed dining space in the grounds and serves excellent food during both daytime and evening.
Find out more: tremenheere.co.uk
Lands End and Sennen Cove
Lands End or Penn-an-Wlas in Cornish – is the legendry Cornish destination and one of Britain’s best loved landmarks, famous for its unique location and beautiful scenery.
Whether storm watching over Longships Lighthouse or taking in breath-taking views on a sun soaked day it’s a place of real discovery
Sennen Cove is a small coastal village and Cornwalls most westerly surf hot spot. Wide golden sands provide plenty of space for everyone to enjoy. The small harbour with its life-boat station and art galleries is great for those days when the sun is hiding
What you will love about Lands End and Sennen?
- The open top Atlantic Coaster bus journey from Penzance to Land’s End (stopping also at Porthcurno and Newlyn)
- The alternative route to Lands End – take the 1.5 miles Sennen Cove to Lands End Coastal Walk – it’s out of this world views that are sublime. But a heads up the path is uneven and steep in some parts.
- An opportunity to ride the ways – surfing lessons at the Sennen Surf School for all levels
- Sun or storms – the coastline and seas are just mesmerising.
Visit the dramatic coastline of the western Land’s End peninsula. From Penzance, it’s around 20 minutes by car to the World Heritage Site landscape of Pendeen and Botallack. Here you can see historic workings and learn more about Cornwall’s mining past, within a celebrated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Once you reach Pendeen, you’ll find that well-marked coastal paths link most of the mining sites. Do stick to these paths – with so many mine shafts and old workings in one place, it’s best not to stray too far.
Isles of Scilly
There are few places in the UK as inspirational as the Isles of Scilly. This cluster of five inhabited islands (and many more uninhabited) has a total population of just over 2,000, and is the most southerly location in Britain. Here, turquoise water and white-sand beaches combine with rare and unusual wildlife to create an environment that’s distinctly exotic. The islands are easily reached from Penzance so why not take a day trip or round off your holiday with a few days ‘overseas’?
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St. Just & Kurt Jackson Art Foundation and Gallery
St Just, is the nearest town to Lands End and was once a thriving mining town. Today St Just is a must to visit - with art galleries, craft shops, antique & collectable outlets to explore with good choice of pub and cafe food.
In the centre of St Just, is The Jackson Foundation which is housed within a massive ex-industrial building. The Foundation hosts an annual programme of quality contemporary exhibitions
It’s an exciting and versatile world class art gallery which is free to the public. Its ideal venue to view local artist, Kurt Jackson’s varied and eclectic range of artistic expression spanning painting, poetry, sculpture, installation and film.
What you will love about St Just
- Hidden gems of art and crafts galleries at every corner
- The Dog and Rabbit for a hot soup or divine coffee & homemade cake
- A short journey to the stunning views of Cape Cornwall – where the Atlantic Ocean pounds the British shores
(6 miles from Penzance)
Cape Cornwall is a small headland near St Just, owned by the National Trust and is one of only two capes in Britain. Its where the Atlantic current divides.
Steeped in history, the Cape Cornwall Mine and iconic chimney stack dates back to 1894. When in operation, tin and copper extraction was done from under the sea. Its now part of the Tin Coast Cornish mining World Heritage Site.
Car park and toilets available.
What you will love about Cape Cornwall
- The stunning views that are sublime
- A great walking start point….Sennen Cove to the south and up the Tin Coast North to Pendeen light house on the coast path with sea views all the way
- Brisons Rocks is an important breeding ground for seabirds, where you may see gannets, fulmars or migrants such as storm-petrels
- The perfect place for a cliff top picnic on a sunny day
- Take a flask of something warm for breath-taking stormy sea watching
- Just up from St.Just is Zennor – beautiful cliff top walks and then a pint at the enchanting Tinners Arms where you could just imagine the olden days of smugglers haunts
(about 6.5 miles from Penzance)
Although Penzance only became a town in the 1600s, people have lived in the Penwith area for thousands of years. Around Penzance, you’ll find many ancient sites of burial, worship and settlement.
Most are in fairly remote locations, reached via winding roads, making them easiest to visit by bike or car.
The Lizard, a National Trust site, is the most southerly point of the British mainland with so much to take in. A must to visit is Lizard Point where since 1751 there has been a lighthouse warning shipping of the dangers of this beautiful but treacherous coastline.
The Lizard has many surprises around every corner, with hidden coves and lovely villages. Mullion village is a lovely stop off and explore with galleries, cafes and many a stories of lost treasure ships.
Kyance, Podhu, Kennack are beautiful coves to visit
What you will love about the Lizard
- The Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre – get behind the scenes and take in the sea faring stories with over 250 years of history
- The famous serpentine stone turners craftmanship at Lizard Point
- Scuba diving in the turquoise waters at Lizard Point
- Boat trips from Porthleven to Mullion Cove
- The open space and sea air to recharge and contemplate the meaning of life
(approximately 24 miles from Penzance)
Is a jewel in Cornwall's crown – a picturesque fishing harbour and seaside town. Wander through the maze of narrow cobbled streets, independent shops and fisherman’s cottages or take in the art vibe & heritage of St.Ives, it’s a great day visit from Penzance
What you will love about St. Ives
- Its great choice Its great choice of restaurants and Cafes
- The stunning views from the Penzance to St.Ives train
- The award winning beaches of Carbis Bay, Porthminister, & Portmeor
- The arty vibe supported by the Tate St.Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum and the many commercial galleries
- Shopping & retail therapy
(approximately 8 miles from Penzance)
Is a lovely harbour town, that has something for everyone – great restaurants and pubs around the harbour, open beaches and a strong art scene, make it a great destination to visit and stroll around the working harbour and watch the world float by
What you will love about Porthleven
- The beautiful views over the harbour
- Choice of relaxing pubs, restaurants and cafes
- The dramatic sight of crashing waves on a stormy day hitting the outer harbour walls
- The coastal walk from Porthleven to Loe Bar
- Bird watching at Loe Bar
- Body boarding and surfing
(approximately 12 miles from Penzance)