For centuries, the town of Penzance has been known for its history and culture. Made famous by the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera; the Pirates of Penzance; the capital city of Western Cornwall still stands proud today playing host to many a tourist on holiday. As well, the city has long been associated with the commercial workings of ships that pass through the night bringing in goods to the entire Land’s End Peninsula. Today the town operates daily ferries into its harbor; providing services to and from the Isles of Scilly; some 28 miles beyond Land’s End.

One reason the town of Penzance enjoys calling itself a tourist destination spot is due to its mild and benign weather. Nestled snuggly, the town of Penzance enjoys early springs and late autumns. Anyone whom enjoys the natural beauty of the ocean that surrounds the great Penzance will just as much enjoy the gardens that thrive in the spring time; as well as, the fresh farmed vegetables that are homegrown in the neighboring fields.

Throughout the spring and way into the fall months, you’ll find the town of Penzance a happening place. There’s nightly entertainment for families, couples and singles. As well, winter months offer visitors a much quieter and less active stay; featuring low rent accommodations and family specials. It’s a great place to visit regardless, and let’s face it- the views will always be there- no matter the time of year you visit.

The natural beauty of Penzance continues to amaze those that visit with its mountainous cliffs, coastline coves and caves, and crystal blue water. The picturesque seascape opens its wide arms to all those that dare to wide its waves- and many do. Known for its great surfing and sailing, the seas surrounding the town of Penzance; known as the Mount’s Bay- will make any surfer blush with enthusiasm. The richly embodied coves and seas of Penzance have long been associated with pirates and sea-lovers; inspiring the infamous “The Pirates of Penzance” opera which has become a popular right of passage for the area; today, many a visitor will bring themselves to the edge of the sea- imagining the history and footsteps that walked before them.

The beaches that surround the Penzance community are no doubt known for their breath-taking beauty; but many that visit rebel in the fact that they are so clean and well-kept. The town of Penzance often wins various awards from tourism websites and magazines for their overwhelmingly clean and clear beaches. But it’s no secret- anyone that visits the area knows that Mother Nature created a masterpiece when Penzance was made; it’s only natural to return the favor and keep the golden sand clean for future generations to enjoy. Families often journey to the beaches for their safe atmosphere, as well. Unlike many of the neighboring beaches, those located within the Penzance district are all monitored by lifeguards.

Many that visit the town of Penzance do so for its natural beauty and beaches; still others visit for its culture and heritage. The town of Penzance still revels in its claim to fame, when in the late 1800’s, two men known as Gilbert and Sullivan first introduced the world to the hometown of comical pirates. Today, the music and theatre offered to those that visit is suburb and offers visitors a chance to see live plays, musicals, and independent cinema. For those that love the world of art; there are as well, several galleries throughout the Penzance area that feature local favorites- including works of art by those in the Newlyn School.

If the combination of countryside, history and coastline sounds tempting to you- then you too, should visit the tourist capital of Cornwall. It has much to offer its guests- long walks on the beaches, picnics on the cliffs; not to mention- great culinary arts. Food and fun have long been associated with this town, pubs and restaurants line the streets of downtown Penzance; enjoy a fresh baked bread, dive into a freshly caught maritime treat- it’s all available throughout the charming town of Penzance. As well, many of the pubs that line the cobblestone streets of Penzance feature nightly musicians- there’s dance and dinner awaiting you.

The rich culture of Penzance coupled with its amazing natural beauty makes the town a great place to visit and stay. There are numerous accommodations throughout the city; some along the sea, some on cliffs overlooking the sea, and some in town- close to all the major shops and galleries that adorn the cobblestone streets. Most of the establishments that offer overnight accommodations to those on holiday offer their guests full modern day amenities- with rest and relaxation at the forefront. There are many hotels that feature in-house spas and salons; spoiling is a great past-time for those that choose Penzance as their holiday get-a-way.

For those that prefer a more modest and affordable accommodation, there are several self-catering establishments. Many offer families of varying sizes the ability to enjoy the sea at great reasonable pricing. Most of the self-catering establishments feature state-of-the-art kitchens for preparing meals, balconies that overlook the sea, and spacious bedrooms for large and small families. As well, many of the self-catering establishments offer special last minute discounts for those individuals with open schedules.

As well, many visitors find staying in the neighboring caravanning and camping establishments a fresh and relaxing place to visit. There’s many that offer low priced rents for larger families; offering them the ability to visit and sleep under the stars of Penzance- just like the pirates from centuries ago. The views from many of these sites are unsurpassed; as well, it’s a much quieter atmosphere to stay- there’s no hustle and bustle- just relaxation and nature.

Penzance is a wonderful place to visit; it’s noted for its rich history, it’s thriving arts, and it’s natural beauty. If you are planning a trip to the Western Cornwall area; consider visiting the town of Penzance- where history, sea, and man gather as one.


Beachfield Hotel, Blue Seas Hotel, Hotel Penzance and Tarbet Hotel, are among the best hotels in Penzance.

Bed & Breakfast
You can experience the warm Cornish hospitality at Beechwood House, Madron, Pendennis House, Ednovean House and Quilkyns.

Egyptian House, Puffin Cottage, West Breeze and Old Seamans Vision, offer you a clean and comfortable stay.

River Valley Park, Cardinney Caravans, Lower Treave Camping and Kenneggy Camping will happily rent-out their caravans.

Delicious Cornish pasties, scrumptious sea-food and local beer, are all up for grabs. Harris, The Turks Head, BakeHouse, Bay Restaurant and The Boatshed, will leave you asking for more!

Cornish Celebration
The charm and appeal of Penzance lies with its amazing heritage, rustic relics and bewitching blossoms. It embodies all things Cornish and truly celebrates its rich roots. You cant help but revel in its varied fragrant flavours...

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Penzance in Cornwall, which means holy headland in the Cornish Pen Sans, is a real joy to visit, especially in summer. With an enviable combination of history and the arts, it welcomes thousands of visitors who flock to experience the colourful processions during the Golowan and Mazey celebrations. Penzance is also the proud owner of the oldest Georgian theatre in the country. Sub tropical Morrab Gardens in Penzance are sure to beckon curious visitors and none will leave the premises disappointed. Memories of what used to be a Jewish community can also be experienced at the old closed Jewish Cemetery in this side of Cornwall. Tasting some local brew at Turk’s Head Penzance, the oldest pub in town will definitely keep you in high spirits.