Places to visit


The most westerly point in mainland Britain. Rugged wave-lashed cliffs and stunning views. Longships Lighthouse and Wolf Rock are off shore and the Isles of Scilly are in the distance. Exhibitions, craft and gift shops. Hotel and restaurant.   From Penzance – accessible by bus.


Penzance is a delightful market town which stands on the south coast on the shores of Mount’s Bay – it grew from a small fishing village to outrival its neighbours. It has enormous appeal with its charming shopping streets, sub-tropical gardens, superb esplanade and busy working harbour. With St Michael’s Mount standing just across the bay it is an ideal centre from which to explore West Cornwall. You are never more than ten miles from the other popular holiday towns, the top beaches, and the “hidden” corners of the peninsula. The wonderful vista of Mount’s Bay from the long Promenade is a classic attraction for the holidaymaker, with a view past Marazion to the Goonhilly Aerial Dishes, and to the Lizard.  The Penzance Town Trail is worth exploring & a copy of it can be picked up in the Tourist Office located near train station.


The picturesque fishing village of Mousehole (pronounced Mowzel) lies on the western edge of Mount’s Bay, approximately two miles south of Newlyn. It was considered to be of significantly more maritime importance than either Penzance or Newlyn in the 13th and 14th centuries. Most of the original village was destroyed by a Spanish raiding party in 1595. A unique surviving building is the Elizabethan Keigwin Arms in the centre of the town. The traditions of Mousehole are maintained by the popular Mousehole Male Voice Choir and by a number of customs and festivals.  Famous for its Christmas lights.  From Penzance – accessible by bus (Western Greyhound No 504 – no service on Sunday).


From narrow cobbled streets to beautiful creations in galleries and craft shops…to stunning and inspiring art in the Tate St Ives exhibitions…to an international centre for the arts, discover the bright and shining southwest tip of Cornwall.  The ancient town of St Ives nestles amongst rich, magnificent coastal scenery which surrounds you with the clearest air, the cleanest beaches and scented, sub-tropical gardens.  Excellent restaurants.  Accessible from Penzance by train or bus.


Porthleven and its enchanting harbour is situated in beautiful West Cornwall between Penzance & Helston and is a delightful place to visit en route to The Lizard Peninsular. With its houses and cottages cramming the hillsides for the best view, the town is unspoilt and steeped in history.  Boats still fish from here, the main catch being crab, lobster and crayfish. From Penzance Bus Station take ‘First’ Bus No 2 to Helston or 2A to Falmouth both stopping at Porthleven. By car – take the A394 east of Penzance and follow road until you reach sign for Porthleven to the right.


Locally known as The Scillies, this archipelago is situated approximately 25 miles from Lands End.  Accessed via Penzance or Lands End Airport by helicopter, boat or aeroplane.  The Scillies is a truly subtropical paradise. The Scillies offer crystal clear seas, golden beaches and the magnificent Tresco Gardens.
Getting There:
Ferry, Penzance Quay – Tel: 0845 710555
Skybus: Lands End Airport, St Just –

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