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Holidays in Penzance

Beautiful beaches, an ancient harbour and a pirate legacy that lives on

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Penzance harbour

Known for its prime location near the Minack Theatre, the historic port of Penzance is a perfect blend of the eclectic and traditional. Whether you’re exploring the historic Chapel Street or indulging in some fine dining at one of the town’s many restaurants, Penzance is a truly unique holiday destination.

Chapel Street is a hidden jewel of this beautiful port. Imposing architecture, independent shops and galleries make this the perfect place to spend an afternoon browsing.

Penzance is home to some of Cornwall’s most beautiful parks and gardens. Morrab Gardensis a stunning traditional garden, full of features to explore and enjoy. It is also home to a vast collection of sub-tropical plants. If you’re looking for peaceful parkland in which to relax and indulge in a picnic, then this is the place for you. If a lazy afternoon in the park doesn’t appeal and you’d rather take a bracing dip, Penzance’s Jubilee Pool is an excellent choice.

Nearby St Michael's Mount

Walkers will be delighted at the broad spectrum of routes on offer from and around the town. Set on the South West Coast Path, you can walk all the way to St Ives from Penzance. For a beach day, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Some of the fantastic beaches close by include Lamorna Cove, Kenneggey Sands and Praa Sands.

Just a short distance from the centre, you’ll find the iconic St Michael’s Mount. Wander over to this historic landmark via the sea path and take the boat back at high tide. It’s a truly unique experience and makes for breathtaking views of Cornwall.

“The historic port of Penzance is a perfect blend of the eclectic and traditional.”

The remarkable Minack Theatre is also just 25 minutes away, showcasing regular performances perched high above the Atlantic Ocean.

Penzance’s cuisine is every bit as varied as the town. From Mexican cantinas to fine dining seafood restaurants, bring your appetite on your visit. First on our hit list is Mackerel Sky. This fresh and vibrant restaurant specialises in seafood. Serving up prime local catches such as Newlyn crab and Doom Bar beer-battered monkfish, you’re in for a treat here. For something a little different, Coco Loco is an outstanding Mexican establishment. For classic British pub food, Penzance is home to numerous traditional pubs serving delicious local fare. Try the Dolphin Inn or The Pirate Inn.

While you’re there

St Michael's Mount

A visit to this unique island is a truly magical way to spend an afternoon.

The Bakehouse Restaurant

A well recommended steak house which only uses local produce.

Marine Discovery

Take a boat trip around the coastline. Look out for basking sharks and seals.

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