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PenzanceUnited Kingdom

Browse shopping arcades and art galleries and enjoy the superb views of Mount’s Bay in this harbor town near the country’s most southwesterly point.

Penzance is a charming market and port town with an interesting history and art heritage. Made famous worldwide by the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Pirates of Penzance, the town has a quaint harbor area as well as picturesque beaches that face the English Channel. Stroll through the town center to admire the Regency and Georgian houses.

The town also has several notable art galleries, among them Penlee House Gallery and Museum. Study works from the Newlyn School art colony, who took inspiration from the daily lives of local fishermen. Head for the harbor that inspired some of the Newlyn School’s art and observe the array of bobbing boats. Continue south along the promenade and connecting walking trail for about 30 minutes to reach Newlyn Art Gallery, which showcases contemporary art.

Learn about the distant past at the Chysauster Ancient Village. This Iron Age settlement comprises the stone remnants of old homes as well as a mysterious underground passage. Imagine what daily life was like more than 2,000 years ago as you explore.

Find the headland of Land’s End, the most southwesterly point on the island of Great Britain, just 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of town. In the Land’s End visitor center ask about activities. Spot seals and dolphins off the coast.

A short drive east from Land’s End is the extraordinary Minack Theatre, an outdoor theater complex carved into cliffs overlooking the sea. Watch a performance from the terrace or visit outside of performance times to see the backstage areas and even walk on the famous stage.

Penzance has a mild year-round climate, with warm, sunny summers and wet winters that are perfect for storm-watching. The town is located in the Penwith area of Cornwall. Drive for about 300 miles (480 kilometers) from London or about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Plymouth to get here. Ride the Cornish Main Line train from Plymouth to Penzance.

With its pirate connotations and historical and cultural attractions, Penzance is a great destination for a coastal getaway.

Top hotels in Penzance

The Land's End Hotel
The Land's End Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £110 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Land's End. Greeb Farm and Maen Castle are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (350 reviews)

"Very comfortable room with a sea view. Nothing was to much trouble, when you needed anything."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

The Land's End Hotel
The Stanley
The Stanley
3 out of 5
The price is £75 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Situated in Penzance, this guesthouse is steps away from Penzance Beach and Jubilee Pool. Penzance Ferry Terminal and Morrab Library are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (11 reviews)

"Excellent position particularly if you wished to use public transport. Friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020

The Stanley
No. 38PZ
No. 38PZ
3 out of 5
The price is £48 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is steps away from Penlee House Gallery and Museum and Morrab Library. Grand Casino Amusements and Penzance Beach are ...

5/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)

"Very warm and welcoming place, great mattress and great location!"…"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2020

No. 38PZ
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Penzance

The Saddle and Stable Rooms
The Saddle and Stable Rooms
4 out of 5
The price is £90 per night from 22 Nov to 23 Nov

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Land's End. Greeb Farm and Maen Castle are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (16 reviews)

"Felt like a treat when we arrived to a basket of goodies, the kids felt at home straight away and the parking and access is great. When the weather is good and you can go to Sennen Cove this is a very special place. Beds could do with new mattresses but overall highly recommended holiday pad. Especially ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2020

The Saddle and Stable Rooms
18 Old Court
18 Old Court
3.5 out of 5

Situated near the beach, this cottage is steps away from Market House, Acorn Theatre and Egyptian House. Morrab Library and Penlee House Gallery and Museum are ...

18 Old Court
The Cove
The Cove
4 out of 5

Situated in Penzance, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Lamorna Cove and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Mousehole Beach. Newlyn Tolcarne Beach and Wherrytown ...

3.6/5Good! (88 reviews)

"The property had really good scenery. The apartment it self was stunning the only problem I had was there was no phone signal they have WiFi but when u leave the hotel and u want to use satnav u can’t unless u connected to the satnav before u left"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2020

The Cove
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Penzance

Minack Theatre
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Minack Theatre

4.5/5(80 reviews)

Find a spot on the grassy terraces and enjoy unobstructed views of the stage and sea in this remarkable outdoor theater carved into Cornwall’s rugged coastline.

Land's End
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Land's End

4/5(115 reviews)

Hike along cliff-top trails above the Atlantic and visit interactive, family-friendly attractions at this charming area on the southwestern edge of the country.

Porthcurno Beach
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Porthcurno Beach

4.5/5(69 reviews)

Stroll along this spectacular bay and admire its turquoise waters, white sand and intriguing rock formations, including a precariously balanced stone.

Pedn Vounder Beach
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Pedn Vounder Beach

5/5(1 review)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Pedn Vounder Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Penzance. Wander the seaside in this quaint area.

Sennen Cove Beach
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Sennen Cove Beach

5/5(36 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Sennen Cove Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Penzance. Wander the seaside in this quaint area.

Cape Cornwall
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Cape Cornwall

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Find remnants from an old industrial age scattered along the coastal nature paths of this scenic patch of headland.

Top things to do in Penzance

Beautiful Cornwall Two Day Private Tour
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Beautiful Cornwall Two Day Private Tour

£1,388
Per adult
Discover Falmouth's unique mindboggling history!
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Discover Falmouth's unique mindboggling history!

£16
Per adult
Cornwall's Wild West Tour 1
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Cornwall's Wild West Tour 1

£368
Per adult
Hot Air Balloon Flight from Cornwall
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Hot Air Balloon Flight from Cornwall

£432
Per adult
Axe Heads - Urban Axe Throwing Session
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Axe Heads - Urban Axe Throwing Session

£18
Per adult
Doc Martin & King Arthur Tour
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Doc Martin & King Arthur Tour

£370
Per adult

Reviews of Penzance

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
86
5 - Excellent 43%
4 - Good
88
4 - Good 44%
3 - Okay
22
3 - Okay 11%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jan 2020

Best pubs ever and so many!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Dec 2019

Penzance has a nice atmosphere, and the Montol festival in particular is excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Nov 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Panzance - really easy to get to by train & the beach was lovely to walk along on a crisp October morning! Looking forward to our next visit!

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

15 Oct 2019

Penzance itself - end of a train line, in a time warp, no sign of vision for the future. Compared ith the rest of Cornwall, a pretty sad failing town

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Oct 2019

Lots of places to visit in the area, including many small villages, seasides, mines and viewpoints.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Sep 2019

We love Penzance and if the opportunity arises would like to live there

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