St. Just in Penwith

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St Just is the Great Britain's most westerly town on the main island. It has a population of around 3000. In Cornwall, it was traditionally a mining town, but the last mine closed in 1996. St Just now makes the majority of its income from passing tourists.


Penzance Tourist Information Centre, (Between the rail and bus stations in Penzance), 01736 362207. Can help with information and accommodation.  edit

Get in[edit]

The main way to get to St Just is by travelling via Penzance, 7 mi from the town.

By bus[edit]

From Penzance, here are a couple of bus services (First Bus Cornwall route 10/10A) which takes 30-40 min and runs every 30 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday but less frequently in the evenings and on Sunday.lternate buses run via Pendeen.

By road[edit]

St Just is at the end of A3071, which runs to Penzance and the A30 to England. There are also local B-class roads to Sennen (and Land's End) to the south and St Ives to the borth.

By train[edit]

The narest National Rail station is Penzance. A taxi costs around £20, or you can catch the bus.

By coach[edit]

The nearest stop is in Penzance.

'Jesus of the Trades,' one of two old paintings found in the church during repair work

Get around[edit]

The town is very small and easily walked. The is plenty of free parking as well.

See[edit][add listing]

Sights are largely outside but near. Anywhere on the north Cornish coast near here is great with Cape Cornwall as the scenic highlight. Sennen Cove to the west and St Ives to the east have excellent beaches.

Nearby Beaches[edit]

  • Cape Cornwall - rocky beach with a bathing pool (Priest Cove), used by small day fishing boats.
  • Cot Valley - SSSI beach with a unique raised beach.
  • Porth Nanven - over the saddle to the South of Cot Valley - body rock beach with great swimming and snorkeling.

Various other beaches dot the coast near to the town.

If you have a car, you could try these tourist-orientated beaches:

  • Sennen Cove - nearby car park - very busy during the summer.
  • Gwenver - great surfing beach - half a mile walk from the car park.
  • St Ives town beaches - good selection, but busy and situated in the town.
Cape Cornwall down the Kenidjack Valley

Industrial remains[edit]

The whole area is full of mining remains but the following are outstanding.

  • Geevor - see Cornwall page.
  • Botallack - off B3308 towards Zennor; particularly The Crowns
    Botallack Crowns
  • Kenidjack - off B3308 at TregesealKenidjack
  • Levant mine and beam engine (National Trust.)
  • Ding Dong Mine[1]

Prehistoric remains[edit]


  • Chysauster
  • Carn Euny - there is a fine fogue here.


  • Merry Maidens - stone circle Grid ref: SW433245
  • Boscawen Un Circle (Nine Maidens) stone circle SW412274
  • Men an Tol - holed stone with upright on each side SW427349
  • Lanyon Quoit - dolmen - SW 430337

Round Barrow

  • Ballowal Barrow at Carn Gloose, a fine viewpoint overlooking Cape Cornwall - SW355312

Granite churches[edit]

Although the granite churches here have much in common, they all have distinctive features.

  • St Just has ancient frescoes
  • St Buyan has a splendid rood screen
  • Zennor has a mermaid bench, a squint a sundial and an old font - as well as being by a splendid piece of coast and a great pub, the Tinners' Arms.
  • St Levan has a remarkable stone and shaped coffin rests.

There are plenty more.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Go to Geevor, an old tin mine. You can go on an undeground tour.
  • Walk up to the moors above the town.
  • St Just is good placed for an overnight stop on the Coastal Path (from Penzance, Land's End and Sennen to the south and Zennor and St. Ives to the north).
  • Scenic flights or trial flight lessons from Lands End Airfield 2 mi from town.
  • Visit Cape Cornwall - 2 mi down Cape Cornwall Road (past the grey grim-looking secondary school). Once thought to be the most westerly point in the UK, that has proved wrong with modern mapping. Stunning scenery and a welcoming Coast Watch Station [2] on the sea facing slope of the cape. A good circular walk (3 mi) is down Cape Cornwall Road to the cricket club. Turn left and follow on to Carn Gloose. Carry on down the track to Cape Cornwall. On the way back, follow the road for 100 m and turn left 45° along a footpath track. Follow it round past the house on the left before and turn left onto a footpath. Follow the valley all the way back to the town.
  • Visit the ancient stone circles around the town.
  • Coasteering: This exciting adventure activity gives you the chance to explore the stunning cliffs of Penwith, with caves, hidden coves and cliff jumps [3]


  • Lafrowda Festival - performing arts festival with (free) live music into the night.
  • New Year's Eve - fancy dress night. Normally, every one spills out from all the pubs and dances round the Christmas tree in Market Square (the one with the Co-op) just before midnight.
  • Market Jew Day - early April every second year, another excuse for a party, traditionally the day when the Jews would be shipped out but luckily, it is now celebrated only in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • A large steak pasty from McFaddens butchers, the best pasty in Cornwall (and therefore the world).
  • Have lunch at the Cook Book - a cafe downstairs, second hand books shop upstairs. Sometimes does evening meals.
  • Jeremys Fish and Chips - locally-caught fish, takeaway and, during the summer, restaurant upstairs.
  • Red Star - Chinese takeaway.
  • Kegan Teg - cafe with decent evening meals and allowing you to bring your own bottle of wine.

Drink[edit][add listing]

St. Just is a small hard-drinking town, expect good chat from locals as long as you avoid saying that Cornwall is part of England.

  • The Star Inn (live local music on Monday nights, open mike on Thursday nights and a good croud on Friday and Saturday nights)
  • Commercial Arms
  • Kings Inn
  • Wellington
  • Rugby Club (with a bar) 5 min walk out of town.
  • The Royal Legion (open to nonmembers)

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Various B&Bs in and around the town. Contact the Penzance TIC for booking and more information.
  • The Commercial Hotel, attached to the Commerial Arms.
  • Lands' End Youth Hostel is a 1.5 mile walk (partially down an unlit hiking path so take note if arriving late in the evening) from the town, but is pricey compared to a B&B if you are a group of 2 or more.
  • Cape Cornwall Golf & Leisure. Suprisingly good converted barn accommodation with really friendly staff and a lovely laid back attitude. Forget the golf, a great place to stay and a short walk to St Just centre or the coast and footpaths.  edit


Stay safe[edit]

St. Just is a safe place with low rates of petty crime. Be sensible, and leave no valuables on display in your car overnight.

St. Just is a major gateway for narcotics dropped off by small speed boats in the middle of the night, at the large number of coves dotting the coast. There is a significant organised crimal network operating, but it should be of little significance to the visitor. Here are some of the lowest street prices for illegal drugs in Western Europe.

Get out[edit]

  • Visit the Isles of Scilly - a 15 min flight from Lands End Airfield 2 mi from the town or a 2 h 40 min sea crossing from Penzance.
  • St Ives - drive (or take an open top bus in summer) the 15 mi along the North Coast road (B3306) to St Ives, with spectacular scenery and various pubs to stop at along the way.

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