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.

Continue reading to find more fun Penzance things to do…

Photo of Chapel Street by Kathryn Yengel

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  • Merry Maidens
    Image Credits: Andrew Curtis - CC BY-SA 2.0

    The Merry Maidens

    TR19 6BQ

    Visitors will be fascinated by this stone circle with an interesting legend set just four miles from bustling Penzance.

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  • The Mexico Inn, Feature

    The Mexico Inn

    4 Riverside
    TR20 8JD

    01736 710625

    This welcoming pub has been an important part of Longrock for over 200 years. When visiting the nearby town of Penzance, come here to enjoy meals made with fresh ingredients.

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    The Pirate Inn

    The Pirate Inn
    Alverton Road
    TR18 4PS

    01736 366094

    Located on Alverston Road in Penzance is The Pirate Inn, a superb restaurant and bar with family-friendly service.

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  • Chef pouring gravy over plate

    Tolcarne Inn

    9 Tolcarne Terrace
    TR18 5PS

    01736 363074

    A historic maritime pub and restaurant situated close to one of the UK’s most significant fishing ports in Penzance.

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  • Tregiffian Burial Chamber

    Tregiffian Burial Chamber

    St Buryan
    TR19 6BQ

    A Neolithic/early Bronze Age chambered tomb managed by the Cornwall Heritage Trust where you’ll find an entrance passage leading into a central chamber.

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  • Tremenheere Kitchen

    Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
    TR20 8YL

    01736 448089

    A lovely venue serving wonderful, locally produced produce in a picturesque setting, as well as handcrafted pastries, fresh coffee, and vibrant events.

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  • Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

    Nr Gulval
    TR20 8YL

    01736 448089

    A large tropical garden, filled with spectacular modern art sculptures and stunning panoramic views of the Cornish coast.

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  • Trenance Heritage Cottages

    Trenance Road
    TR7 2HW

    01637 859496

    A group of three Grade II-listed Cornish cottages that have been restored and offer a glimpse of Old Newquay are open to the public and are free to enter. They are the only row of pre-railway era homes located in Cornwall.

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  • Trengwainton Garden

    Boscathnoe Ln
    TR20 8RZ

    01736 363148

    Wander through this National Trust preserved garden and discover a beautiful selection of tropical plants and blooms nestled in a protective layer of pretty woodlands.

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  • Trewidden Garden

    Trewidden Garden

    TR20 8TT

    01736 364275

    An elegant, Grade II manor house set in 15 acres of magnificent spring gardens in Cornwall.

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