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This ancient market town is the largest in West Cornwall and still thrives to this day. As the commercial centre for the Land’s End peninsula there’s plenty going on and lots to see while in Penzance. Due to its location in Mount’s Bay and at the furthest point of the county, you can expect spectacular scenery and endless beaches, as well as being just a stone’s throw away from St Michael’s Mount.
Penzance is brimming with heritage, ranging from tales of smuggling and pirates to being home to one of the oldest surviving art deco swimming pools. The pretty harbour was built in 1512 and is still in use, making it the perfect spot to sit with a portion of traditional fish and chips and watch as the colourful boats return with their daily catch.
This very harbour is one of the reasons that smugglers were able to easily bring smuggled goods into Penzance. As suggested by the name of the famous comic opera, the town was also the inspiration behind Pirates of Penzance, written by Gilbert and Sullivan.
The town’s former main street is called Chapel Street and here you will find both the beautifully decorated Egyptian House and Branwell House, once home to the Bronte sisters’ mother and auntie. If you’re visiting Penzance between May and September, then make sure to take a dip in the open-air seawater Jubilee Pool, located between the promenade and harbour.
Due to its temperate climate during the summer months, the beaches in Penzance and the surrounding area are perfect for spending the day beside the sea. The main beach in the town is a mile long and runs alongside the promenade and Victorian seafront. Only visible at low and mid tide, this shingle beach is great for rockpooling but is also suitable for snorkelling during high tide.
Prefer golden sand inbetween your toes? Make your way down to Penzance’s Eastern Green Beach, which follows the curve of Mount’s Bay, to find a lesser known golden stretch of sand. Gently sloping towards the sea, it is nice and sheltered and takes at least half a mile to get out of your depth in the water, making swimming in the sea safer for families with small children.
If you’re willing to venture further afield then you also have the choice of Mousehole, Marazion and Pothmeor Cove, amongst the many others you could enjoy. Being placed in pretty fishing villages and more remote sections of coastline, several of these beaches are peaceful and secluded, making them perfect for those wanting to relax without the buzz of a busy seaside resort.
One of the best things about taking a holiday in Penzance is that you’re in easy reach of the impressive and breathtaking St Michael’s Mount. Depending on the tide, you can either reach the island by foot or boat and upon arrival you can explore the historic house and sub-tropical gardens, as well as stopping for a Cornish cream tea!
The South West Coast Path has links to Penzance and one route will take you to Land’s End, although this is only suggested for toughened walkers or those that like a challenge. Otherwise, it is a short drive and one that is highly recommended in order to see the iconic signpost. There are also a number of attractions to enjoy at Land’s End, and these are sure to entertain all ages, even on a rainy day!
With a stay in one of our Penzance cottages, you’ll be perfectly placed for exploring some of the fantastic scenery that West Cornwall boasts. Whether you’re looking for a dog friendly cottage or a property for the entire family, our collection of cottages in Penzance is sure to include something to make your Cornwall holiday one to remember.