Explore Penzance

Discover the most westerly part of the Duchy, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and designated Heritage Coastline. Home to iconic Cornish attractions, Minack Theatre, Land’s End and St Michael’s Mount and the quintessentially Cornish towns and villages of St Ives, Porthcurno and Mousehole.

Penzance and the Penwith Peninsula

Ride the waves at surfing hotspot Sennen Cove on the north coast, where the beaches are vast expanses of golden sand. The south coast has a long list of charming Cornish Coves, hidden secrets with smuggler’s tales and panoramas you’d find in the National Geographic. Navigate the South West Coast Path from our door and hop on a boat to the Scilly Isles down in the harbour.

The most up and coming cultural destination in Cornwall and top for water sports.

It’s true to say, you won’t be stuck for something to entertain, educate, excite, or relax you when you explore the Penwith Peninsula.

Traveller's Tips

We have our very own guest host who has made Cornwall home and is eager to share the best of what the County has to offer. Whether it’s the best time to visit, travel tips or the latest events, they are here for you to max your stay.

If you are a National Trust member remember St Michael’s Mount will be free and we’re delighted to say all our guests receive 40% off trips to the Isles of Scilly (off-season, please enquire).

Ever thought of asking for a snack for your day out, busy work schedule or onward journey? Let us know the day before and one can be freshly prepared for your departure. As the food is made to order, please ask what scrummy sandwich fillings and snacks are available during your stay.

For special events and festivals exclusive to West Cornwall check our Local Events Page.

Cornwall has over 300 beaches rated the best in the world with West Cornwall having its fair share. There’s a beach for every occasion, and all within easy reach. Mount’s Bay with Marazion, Perranuthnoe and the popular family beach at Praa Sands can all be seen from the hotel. Venture west for the simply beautiful Porthcurno Beach and North for the Blue Flag beach of Porthmeor.

Coastal walks and inland walks, both offer amazing viewpoints, routes through wildlife havens and access to more ancient monuments than anywhere else in Britain. Prefer two wheels? The National Cycle Network in Cornwall cuts right through Penzance and revels in the longest traffic-free route in Cornwall.

From walking to whale, dolphin, seal and bird watching (all five if you’re lucky) the Penwith Peninsula is the place to be for those who love to explore the outdoors.

The historic port of Penzance and Newlyn Harbour are hubs of maritime activity and won’t disappoint if you’re looking for a day out fishing, a sea safari or trip to Tresco and the Isles of Scilly. A little further afield in Falmouth you can join the skipper of an historic working boat for a day sail with the Cornish Maritime Trust and contribute towards maintaining some of Cornwall’s heritage.

South West Coast Path
Walks in West Cornwall
Land’s End
St Michael’s Mount
Secret St Ives
Isles of Scilly
Day Trips to the Isles of Scilly 
Cornwall Beach Guide
Cornwall Blue Flag Beaches
Whale Watching
Gardens of Cornwall 
National Cycle Network
Cornish Maritime Trust 
Mermaid Pleasure Trips
National Trust Lizard Point
Porthcurno Beach
Nanjizel Beach Sunrise
Kynance Cove
National Trust Days Out in Cornwall

 

 

 

The Cornish landscape makes for the perfect playground for thrill-seekers and adrenalin junkies.

Activities for all abilities on water, land and air! Take to the water for Waveski, kayaking, coasteering, diving and of course surfing. You can even hook-up with a wild swimming group.

On land enjoy go-karting, sea cliff rock climbing and abseiling, speedsailing and blokarting or take to the air for the ultimate view of Cornwall in a microlight, plane or helicopter.

Watersports in Cornwall
Speedsailing and Blokarting
Sea rock climbing and Abseiling
Kennack Diving
Sennen Cove Surfing
Cornwall Wild Swimming
Stithians Lake Watersports
Kernow Coasteering 
Cornish Coastline and Lands End Helicopter Tour
Cornwall Flying Experience
Cornwall Microlights Flight
Go Karting
SUPing & Kayaking
Cornwall Swimming Horses

If you’re always seeking out life’s pleasures, be they simple or more obscure, then drop the pin on Cornwall.
Singing sea foraging, sun salutations beachside with drop-in Yoga classes, life drawing classes from award-winning artists and fish, game and vegan cookery days.

You can even visit a working farm, brewery, cider press or distillery. And although Kelly’s are the Cornish ice-cream champion, the West of Cornwall has its own legendary and award-winning homemade ice-cream makers too. If you can’t visit the farm then seek out the nearest parlour, ours is Jelbert’s in Newlyn, made by the family of Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover and referred to as a ‘place of pilgrimage for ice cream lovers.’

Some more hedonistic treats to whet your appetite for a heady weekend break or some decadent days away…

Polgoon Vineyard
Cornish Crown Brewery
Cornish Mead Company
Verdent Taproom Seafood Bar
St Ives Cider
Roskilly’s Ice Cream
Callestick Farm Ice Cream
Moomaid of Zennor
Willy Wallers Cornish Ice Cream
Wild Walks South West
The Bay Restaurant
Life Drawing Classes
Seascape Painting Courses 
Flow and Yin Yoga
Fat Hen Wild Cookery School

 

 

If music, art or theatre float your boat, The West of Cornwall is the place. A cultural hotspot that celebrates St Ives as the leader on the art's scene. Arts and culture permeate every corner of Cornwall from art galleries to sculpture gardens. You don’t have play spectator either, as St Ives Art School and nearby Newlyn Art School offer a plethora of painting, drawing, printmaking, and stone carving art courses.

Cornwall is steeped in heritage, history and literary notoriety too. Cornwall’s mining past has attracted UNESCO world heritage status. The Poldark Mine and Cornish Heritage Collection is just 30 minutes away as is the Minack Theatre, clutching onto the cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean at Porthcurno. Mythology and legends add mystery and intrigue and the charm of Cornwall has inspired many famous writers and film producers. The most recent being the Poldark novels.

Cornwall’s culture landscape encompasses the traditional and contemporary, abstract to liberal art. Rest assured, you will get your culture fix.

Minack Theatre
Cornish Celtic Way
The Levant Mine and Beam Engine
The Exchange
Mines of Cornwall
Geevor Tin Mine
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
English Heritage Carn Euny Ancient Village
Penlee House Gallery and Museum
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
Poldark Tours
Lamorna Cove
Penzance Savoy Independent Cinema
The Exchange Contemporary Art Space 
Newlyn Art School Courses
St Ives Art School Courses
National Trust Days Out

 

 

Cornwall is a nature lover’s paradise. A subtropical climate akin to the Mediterranean means this part of England bursts with flora and fauna not seen elsewhere and the reason behind there being so many gardens of different genres.

Travel to the coast for seal, whale and bird watching, oh and sharks! There are several species you can spot whilst in and out of the water including basking, thresher and smooth-hound sharks. The Isles of Scilly are home to the curious Puffin and the best place to spot the largest Grey Seal colony and is National Trust’s Godrevy Point, which is second-to-none for dolphins, Basking Sharks, the mesmerising Oceanic Sunfish and seabirds.

Trewidden Garden
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Chygurno Garden
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Tanglewood Wild Garden
Trengwainton Garden
Morab Gardens
Goldolphin
National Garden Scheme - Cornwall
Isles of Scilly Puffin Watching
Marine Discovery Penzance
Whale Watching
Godrevy Point
RSPB Marazion Marsh
St Michael’s Mount Gardens