things to do in Penzance

Things to do in Penzance

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If you’re wondering what to do in Penzance, find an abundance of things to do all year round.

Penzance is a thriving Cornwall hotspot that features a wealth of seafood eateries, golden beaches and historic attractions. This market town is the last stop on the Great Western rail, one of the most southerly points in Britain.

Beaches in Penzance

There are many Penzance beaches perfect for a summer holiday in Cornwall, featuring golden sands and so much to do. Praa Sands Beach is a sandy haven where you can surf the waves alongside awe-inspiring coastal views. Alternatively, explore Long Rock Beach which allows dogs all year round, whilst Sennen Cove is ideal for families, surfers and nature lovers.

Attractions in Penzance

Our list of what to do in Penzance includes taking a walk along Chapel Street, a charming historic street with several unique Victorian buildings. Men-An-Tol is a popular destination where visitors will see Bronze Age stones sculpted to look like human faces and includes the only pierced stone in the country. No trip to Penzance is complete without a boat trip over to the sensational island of St Michael’s Mount, managed by the National Trust.

Activities in Penzance

Whether you’re here for a long break or a quick trip, there’s plenty of activities in Penzance. Make sure you visit the Minack Theatre for unforgettable performances throughout the year. Visitors who enjoy the outdoors will be enchanted by a day out to Trenwainton Garden or Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens.

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Photo of Chapel Street by Kathryn Yengel

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  • Eastern Green Beach

    Eastern Green Beach

    Eastern Green
    R18 3DU

    Visitors won’t have to walk far from Penzance to reach this sheltered sand and shingle beach that follows the curve of Mount’s Bay to Long Rock.

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  • Eureka Escape Room Cornwall

    Eureka Escape Cornwall

    The Basement
    The Old Telephone Exchange
    43 – 44 New Street
    TR18 2LZ

    01736 366663

    With escape rooms in Falmouth, Truro, and Penzance, you can enjoy a challenge wherever you’re based in Cornwall.

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  • Fraser’s Fish and Chips

    Fraser’s Fish and Chips

    Western Promenade Road
    TR18 4HH

    01736 339581

    A trip to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a plate of fish and chips and there are few better places to sample the dish than this local favourite.

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  • Geevor Tin Mine

    TR19 7EW

    01736 788662

    Head to the key centre within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and learn all about Cornwall’s important mining history.

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  • Golowan Festival Penzance

    Golowan Festival

    The Barbican
    Battery Road
    TR18 4EF

    01736 369686

    Visitors can revel in celebrations rooted in ancient midsummer tradition each year in June.

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  • Guy's Butterfly House

    Guy’s Butterfly House

    Equine Centre
    St Hilary
    TR20 9DQ

    07956 885064

    Visitors can watch as butterflies from South America, Africa, and Asia flutter past at this Cornish butterfly house.

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  • gwynver beach

    Gwynver Beach

    S W Coast Path
    TR19 7BD

    Surfing enthusiasts will love the waves at this secluded beach nestled within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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  • Jubilee Pool
    Image Credits: Hugh Llewelyn - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Jubilee Pool

    Battery Rd
    TR18 4FF

    01736 369224

    Jubilee Pool rests 0n Penzance’s coast and offers swimmers several lidos to make the most of. Where it’s a cool dip or a relaxing soak in geothermal waters, you can relax with ease here.

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  • Kenidjack Cliff Castle

    S W Coast Path
    TR19, UK

    An Iron Age promontory fort perched on the edge of the Penwith peninsula, Cornwall’s most southerly point.

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  • Lamorna Cove Beach

    TR19 6XJ

    Take a dip in the ocean at this picturesque cove situated at the foot of a wooded valley.

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