For centuries the town of Pendeen bustled with miners and fishermen that kept the small community alive; in the late eighties, the town’s mines shutdown- leaving much of the town at odds with itself. The quiet treasure that lays in Pendeen, however, now- is its people; a very close network of families and friends that share common ancestry and bonds that nothing could possibly come between. Today, hometown folk welcome visitors to their small town with open arms; although small- the town offers tourists a site into a rich past.
Sitting nestled in the Southwest end of Cornwall is the beautiful town of Pendeen; a parish name meaning “headland of a fort”. The town was once a thriving tin and copper mining town and many of these great mines still sit today and are open to visitors. In fact, if you’ve never journeyed below sea level before; the town mines of Pendeen offer tourists a tour through seemingly endless underground tunnels. One of the most famous mining incidents in history occurred at the Levant Mine in October of 1919; over 30 miners were trapped in the underground tunnels and lost their lives.
Pendeen offers visitors other tours of famous dwellings from centuries ago including the ability to visit several of the area’s engine houses; one of which contains the oldest working beam engine in all of UK. For many, these old engine houses hold stories of days past; for others, it’s a great view into the world of history.
For those that love nature; you’ll revel in the views offered by the beautiful cliffs that surround the coastal waters. There are famous ancient ruins and a natural rock formation known for its wind whistling music; often called the hooting carn by hometown natives. Ancient sites surrounded by hills of beauty that date back to 4000 BC are also popular sites to see when visiting the area. As well, there are many burial sites and one famous granite stone marked with the inscription commemorating the death of a fallen royal Celtic warrior.
Other famous sites to see in the town of Pendeen include the famous lighthouse; still a beacon for ships that stroll in and out of the harbor. The famous lighthouse sits atop a slate promontory at Pendeen Watch. The site itself once served as a marker for the shipwrecked, Liberty; although, most of the ruins from the shipwreck has eroded over time. Still, the lighthouse is nothing a visitor to Pendeen should miss; the sunset views from the Pendeen lighthouse are spectacular. As well, many locals brag of great fishing just below the lighthouse along the cliffs.
Throughout the town of Pendeen sits quaint homes surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and fields of green. These homes are places where families have spent generations; dating back for centuries. As well, the town of Pendeen features many homes open to visitors. These homes are spectacular in beauty; many featuring rock exteriors and balconies that overlook the seascape. If staying in an old castle dating back hundreds of years is more your idea of holiday fun; consider one of the many bed and breakfast accommodations; many that sit atop cliffs that overlook the Pendeen coastline, others sit in quietly nestled coves that feature boating and fishing for all that visit. Even the overnight accommodations stand out to those that visit; it’s wonderment to all- the beautiful homes that feature modern amenities, including television, satellite, and Internet access. If you’re one of the lucky visitors that decides to stay in one of the many Bed and Breakfast establishments located throughout Pendeen; you’ll enjoy freshly cooked meals- made to order. If you’re looking for nightlife; there are several pubs; many that feature live local music and clean good fun. As well, there are several local shops that offer great deli items and many restaurants throughout the area that feature daily catches and gourmet meals. Many of the homes, inns, Bed and Breakfast accommodations offer families a great place to stay- there’s plenty of space and beds for all. Most of the accommodations throughout the town of Pendeen are open year round for visitors; many offering discounts for off-season stays and last minute get-a-ways.
For those that enjoy beaches; you’re welcome to journey to any of the quiet and calm sandy shores that make their selves open throughout the year to visitors. The town of Pendeen has several beaches that are open to the public; the golden sand allows for sunbathing or boat watching; as well as picnicking and napping. For those that enjoy strolling along the water; there’s miles of beach. As well, there’s hiking and trailing available through some of the most beautiful landscaped areas known to man. There’s nothing as breath-taking as trailing through the cliffs located high above the town of Pendeen. Pendeen welcomes you to view her hidden treasures; smell the fresh sea air and walk her sandy beaches.
The historical town of Pendeen has so much to offer its tourists; the history, the views and of course the hometown atmosphere of days gone by. Regardless, if you are a historian or just infatuated with the century old relics that call the area of Pendeen home; there’s always something for everyone to do and see in this charming little town. Days can be spent visiting the lighthouse, picnicking on the infamous shores that once called itself home to many a reckon ships. Or visiting the underground mines that once served as a thriving business for generations of fathers and sons; Pendeen has something for the young and the old. The town has long been noted for its community like atmosphere; welcoming newcomers and visitors with open arms. Allow the town of Pendeen the opportunity to welcome you and your family; it’s a great place to visit and rekindle a love affair with man, history and nature.
Pendeen gives you an array of choices, when it comes to accommodation. You can stay in any of their self-catering cottages, Bed & Breakfast homes and even camp out.
Chypraze Farm, Ivy Cottage, Little Quiddles, Treplevna & Berrymede Cottage, Trevellard Manor Farm, 5 Carn Ros, Haddocks End, Secret Garden Cottage, The Long Barn, Foxglove Barn, and Bowjy Coth, will ensure that you have a comfortable stay.
Bed & Breakfast
The North Inn, The Old Count House, St.Johns House, Belerion, The Old Manse, and The Trewellard Arms Inn will warmly welcome you to their cosy space.
You can bask in the unspoilt beauty of Pendeens countryside by opting to camp out. The North Inn Camping Site will be happy to rent out their caravans.
You can tickle your taste-buds by savouring the delicious flavours that this little hamlet offers. Hearty meals cooked from the fresh sea-catch, farm-grown vegetables and chilled beer is quite the norm here.
Visit The Trewellard Meadery and The North Inn, and youll be pleasantly surprised.
This little wonder, with its unspoilt natural beauty and veiled mood of mystic and mystery, is an inviting haven for artists, adventure-seekers and holiday-makers.