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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    Polgoon Vineyard

    Rosehill Mdw
    TR20 8TE


    A family-run vineyard and orchard in Penzance where visitors can sample wines, ciders and juices.

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  • Porthgwarra Beach

    Porthgwarra Beach

    S W Coast Path
    St Levan
    TR19 6JR


    A picture-perfect fishing cove with rockpools and tunnels to explore.

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  • Praa Sands Cornwall

    Praa Sands Beach

    Parking Available

    Wheelchair Accessible

    This glistening, white sandy beach perches itself along the South Cornwall coast. With excellent facilities nearby and sublime views, this is a hot spot for families and surfers alike.

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  • Praa Sands Cornwall

    Sennen Cove

    Dog Friendly

    A sandy, mile-long beach within a stone’s throw of Land’s End, a real hit with both surfers and families. Sennen Cove rests along the Penwith Heritage Coast, surrounding your visit with natural beauty of the highest standard.

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  • South West Paintball, Penzance

    South West Paintball

    Chysauster Cottage
    New Mill
    TR20 8XA


    An adventure company offering paintballing in Penzance and Scorrier for groups of 10.

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  • St Agnes Heritage Coast

    St Agnes Heritage Coast

    7 Beachfield Ct
    TR18 4NQ

    An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty situated on Cornwall’s north coast with spectacular beaches and walks.

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  • Tin Mine in Cornwall

    St Just Mining District (UNESCO)

    St Just Mining District (UNESCO)
    St Just
    TR20 8PX

    Clifftop engine houses perched high above the Atlantic a stone’s throw from Land’s End where visitors can discover Cornwall’s mining heritage.

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  • st michael's mount

    St. Michael’s Mount

    St Michael's Mount

    01736 710265

    The rocky tidal island linked to the town of Marazion is home to a medieval church, castle and picturesque harbour that visitors can tour and discover more about the island’s vivid history.

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  • Tanglewood Wild Garden, Penzance

    Tanglewood Wild Garden

    TR20 8FP

    07581 339501

    Known as Cornwall’s top picnic garden, this enchanting, nine-acre green space features plenty to enjoy. Children under the age of five years old can visit for free, so all the family can easily come and spend the day here.

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  • The Exchange, Feature

    The Exchange Gallery

    Princes St
    TR18 2NL

    01736 363715

    The Exchange Gallery is an award-winning contemporary art space resting in Penzance. Here, you can find changing exhibitions that feature artwork by local, regional and international artists.

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