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* Bus service to Land's End
* Bus service to Land's End
* Fishermen's Memorial statue - Newlyn Promenade
* Fishermen's Memorial statue - Newlyn Promenade
* First's 300 service is an open-topped double-decker tourist bus that travels around Penwith, from Penzance to Land's End via Mousehole and Newlyn and then back to Penzance via Cape Cornwall, Pendeen and Zennor.
* First's 300 service is an open-topped double-decker tourist bus that travels around Penwith, from Penzance to Land's End via [[Mousehole]] and [[Newlyn]] and then back to Penzance via '''Cape Cornwall''', '''Pendeen''' and '''Zennor'''.

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Penzance is in Cornwall. It is a market town and port with a varied and interesting history, famous for its association with Gilbert and Sullivan opera 'The Pirates of Penzance'. Penzance is an ideal base for exploring the Penwith area of Cornwall and is increasingly attracting those interested in 'Cultural Tourism' because of its long association with the arts.

The Market House Penzance.
Penzance is also the home of the major links to and from the Isles of Scilly via Helicopter service and ferry.

Get in

Trains from London Paddington - Plymouth - Penzance (including the excellent Night Riviera sleeper train which runs daily).

Trains from the North of England via Bristol.

National Express Coach Services from London Victoria.

Get around

Penzance and the surrounding area are well served by local bus services. More information is available from the First Bus Cornwall

  • See entry on Newlyn/Mousehole - villages 2-4 miles away on Mount's Bay
  • The Sunset Bus route to St Ives is very picturesque and stops at Zennor on the way. Grand coastal and moorland scenery all the way!
  • Trips to the Isles of Scilly via ship (The Scillonian III) or helicopter
  • Fishing and sailing trips from the harbour
  • Bus service to Land's End
  • Fishermen's Memorial statue - Newlyn Promenade
  • First's 300 service is an open-topped double-decker tourist bus that travels around Penwith, from Penzance to Land's End via Mousehole and Newlyn and then back to Penzance via Cape Cornwall, Pendeen and Zennor.


The Egyptian House

Throughout the town there are numerous examples of Regency and Georgian Architecture. Penzance is also home to a lengthy promenade built in the 1840's. Admire the cool white art deco Jubilee Pool and see the "ballet of the waves" as they crash into the sea wall (particularly spectacular opposite the handsome Queen's Hotel which is worth visiting for its splendid paintings from Newlyn School artists.) Morrab Gardens situated in the centre of the town is a fine example of a 'sub-tropical' public garden. Penzance has an array of interesting buildings including 'The Egyptian House' built in an 'Egyptian' Style, The Market House -described as one of the finest examples of regional architecture in the UK, and many other examples. The walk down Chapel Street towards St Mary's Church and the harbour is a delight! Look out for the quaint Turk's Head Inn and the pirate on the roof of the Admiral Benbow pub! The 'Union Hotel' in Chapel Street was allegedly the first place in Britain where the death of Admiral Lord Nelson was announced. At the rear of this hotel were the remains of a Georgian Theatre but they have not been preserved. St Johns Hall (Penzance's Town Hall) is one of the largest purely granite structures in the world.


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Penzance is the home of Penlee House museum and gallery which is home to a wide selection of paintings from the 'Newlyn School' of painters including Stanhope Forbes. Penlee House

Penzance is home to the Golowan Festival which occurs ever year at the end of June. This festival is part revival of ancient midsummer customs practiced in the Penzance area (and throughout Cornwall) and part arts festival.Golowan Festival Mazey Eve, Mazey Day and Quay Fair Day form the core of the festival and attract many thousands of people. From December 2007 Penzance will be also home to the new Montol Festival Festival website a celebration of the Cornish traditions of Christmas and midwinter, culminating on December the 21st each year with Montol Eve.

Look out for concerts by local choirs including Newlyn Male Choir, Penzance Choral Society, Mounts Bay Singers, Ladies Orpheus Choir.

Penzance is also home to Trereife House, a fine 18th Century manor house set in the grounds of Trereife Parkon the outskirts of Newlyn and Penzance. As well as boasting the availability of a fascinating tour of the house and its history, the grounds also play host to a beautiful parterre garden and walled garden, a children's play area, regular art exhibitions, plus a traditional cafe and tea room (homemade cakes, homemade scones with jam and cream, and homemade pasties, anyone?!). As of 2007, the grounds have also been the venue for a state-of-the-art outdoor lazertag (lazer combat) site called Covert Combat. Cinema - visit the Savoy in Causewayhead. Built in 1912, one of the earliest in the country!

Penzance has a good selection of sports facilities including the Penwith Leisure Centre Penwith Leisure Centre. Excellent Tennis facilities are also available at the Penzance Tennis Club site which has been recently revamped .Penzance Tennis.

Penzance is also home to a large open air art deco style swimming pool called the Jubilee Pool Jubilee Pool Pictures

Tate Gallery has opened at The Exchange. Installation art and smart cafe.

Nearby Newlyn is host to the Newlyn Fish Festival which is held on the last monday of August every year Newlyn Fish Festival

Mousehole and Newlyn are famous for their Christmas Lights.

The Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole town trails are available from the Penzance Town Council offices [1] and local outlets these planned walks are an excellent way to see the unique history of these areas.

For those interested in all things book related Penzance has excellent private library - The Morrab Library [2] includes a Celtic Studies section.


Penzance has a reasonable selection of shops including national retail chains and small independent outlets.

  • Good secondhand bookshops in Causeway Head and Chapel Street. New books from shops in Market Jew Street and Chapel Street.
  • Art galleries (shops) in Causewayhead, Market Jew Street and Chapel Street.


  • Admiral Benbow, 46 Chapel St, phone 01736-363448. offers traditional British food, has a maritime feel.
  • The Meadery There are several meaderies in Penzance. These restaurants started as medieval theme eating places but have evolved into almost a Cornish tradition. Recommended is the Waterside meadery situated next to Penzance Harbour.
  • Cocos, Chapel Street area of Penzance. Tapas and Bar. Be prepared to eat most of you food without knife or fork.
  • Abbey Restaurant, near Chapel Street Area. Expensive but good food.
  • The Ganges, Chapel Street area. Good value and Good Quality Indian Restaurant.
  • Muffins, Bread Street. Excellent range of healthily-made home-cooked meals, cakes and refreshments. Art gallery also!
  • The Sea Palace is Cornwall's No.1 destination for traditional Cantonese and Peking Cuisine, offering an excellent dining experience in a truly unique atmosphere. Reservations recommended to avoid disappointment.
  • The Poolside Cafe Situated next to the open air pool, this is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. The home made cake is a must!!!

For those seeking to eat a Cornish Pasty while in Penzance - The best in town are served in Lavenders, Alverton Street. (Tip - it is correct to eat pasties from the END, not in the middle!)


Penzance and the surrounding area have a large number of pubs. Particularly good is the Turk's Head in Chapel Street.

  • The Dolphin, right by the harbour wall is full of character and has a great jukebox!


  • Blueseas Guest House, 13 Regent Terrace, +44 01736 364 744, [3]. AA 4 diamond guest house/bed and breakfast in grade II listed regency terrace overlooking the Promenade for details.

Get out

Good base for trips to Hayle, St Ives, Marazion, Porthleven, Helston, Truro, Redruth and Camborne.

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