Penzance has long been hailed as West Cornwall’s foodie rival to Padstow; it certainly has its share of fantastic restaurants and bars, but it has so much more to offer. Often overlooked for its better-known rivals, St Ives and Falmouth, Penzance really is worth a visit if you are considering a trip to Cornwall this summer. Having lived near Penzance for over 17 years, I wanted to share my guide for you to discover Penzance, an historic coastal gem.

Start your day with a refreshing dip from one of the town’s beaches or the iconic Victorian open-air lido, The Jubilee Pool. After an exhilarating swim in the saltwater pool, warm up in the geo-thermal area (pre-book your session here) . Enjoy morning coffee in the café with panoramic views over Mounts Bay and the pool. The café offers breakfast, light bites, homemade cakes, great coffee, a licensed bar, and relaxed vibes.


Jubilee Pool - Outdoor Pool with Geo-Thermal Pool | Discover Penzance: A Guide
The Jubilee Pool, a Victorian open air lido, with geo-thermal pool.

Explore the historic streets, where Chapel Street and Causeway Head are packed with wonderful independent shops. For a lazy lunch, choose from lovely cafés or pick up treats from Cornish Hen Deli, fresh bread from Toms Bakers, and local produce from Thornes and enjoy a picnic in Morrab Gardens; with exotic plants and a Victorian bandstand or Penlee Park; with a quiet memorial garden, children’s playpark, and an art gallery with a café. During summer, Penlee Park hosts outdoor theatre events; see details here.


Colourful shopfront Egytian House Penzance | Discover Penzance: A Guide
The colourful Egyptian House on Chapel Street, Penzance

For a scenic stroll, head to the promenade and walk to Newlyn to explore the fish markets and grab a famous Jelbert’s Ice cream. Continue to Mousehole, a picturesque village with a beautiful harbour and winding streets, perfect for relaxing with a cold glass of rosé in the Old Coastguard’s garden. Alternatively, from Penzance train station, follow the coastal path to Long Rock Beach, a dog-friendly spot ideal for swimming. Walk further to Marazion Beach and, at low tide, cross the causeway to explore the majestic St Michael’s Mount.

In the evening, enjoy great bars and relaxed restaurants like 45 Queen Street, The Artists Residence, or Ministry of Flavour on Chapel Street. Visit Pocketful of Stones distillery for spirit tastings of locally crafted products (book in advance. For wet weather options, Penzance offers a four-screen cinema, an art house cinema in Newlyn, a public leisure centre with a large swimming pool, and an amusement arcade.


Relaxed Interior at 45 Queen Street Penzance | Discover Penzance: A Guide
Fun, relaxed Interior of 45 Queen Street, Penzance

Without a car, you can easily explore nearby attractions by foot, bus, or train. Take a day trip to St Ives for the Tate St Ives or Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden and Museum, or to Truro for shopping. Feeling adventurous? Catch the Scillonian or a helicopter for a magical day trip to the Isles of Scilly.

Penzance is a fantastic base for exploring West Cornwall. If you have read this guide and would like to discover Penzance for yourself, then why not come and stay? We have a beautiful cottage available on the outskirts of the town with summer availability. Trevarrack Row is a mid-terraced Victorian cottage located in a quiet residential area, within walking distance of Penzance, the coast, and the small village of Gulval with a good local pub, The Coldstreamers, and the wonderful Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. Trevarrack Row sleeps four people, with two bedrooms, a large living room with an open-plan kitchen and dining area, private parking, and a private garden.

Book your stay today and experience the charm of Penzance firsthand!

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07798 624214Trevarrack Row | Family Cottage Penzance