The 10 Best Things to Do in Penzance, United Kingdom (UK)

August 3, 2017 Elouise Mccaul

Penzance (/pɛnˈzæns/ pen-ZANSS; Cornish: Pennsans) is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. It is the most westerly major town in Cornwall and is about 75 miles (121 km) west of Plymouth and 300 miles (480 km) west-southwest of London. Situated in the shelter of Mount's Bay, the town faces south-east onto the English Channel, is bordered to the west by the fishing port of Newlyn, to the north by the civil parish of Madron and to the east by the civil parish of Ludgvan.
Restaurants in Penzance

1. Minack Theatre

Porthcurno | Cornwall, Penzance TR19 6JU, England +44 1736 810181
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5 based on 4 reviews

Minack Theatre

This open-air theatre is dramatically situated on the cliffs at Porthcumo, near Land's End, and hosts a season of plays and musicals from May to September.

Reviewed By Mark A - Burford, United Kingdom

A cold wet and windy March afternoon couldn't spoil the beauty of this place, an amazing story and a must see for anyone in the area, it's well worth the death defying drive and £5 entry fee1

Morrab Road, Penzance, England +44 1736 363625
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4.5 based on 541 reviews

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Penlee House Gallery & Museum is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists (c.1880 - c.1940). This popular museum and art gallery is set in a building that was originally a Victorian family home, surrounded by a delightful sub-tropical park formed from the original garden. Changing Exhibitions throughout the year celebrate the rich artistic heritage of West Cornwall.Winner of the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2011-12 and of the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2009, 2010 and 2011 as Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. Open Monday to Saturday (Closed Sundays) throughout the year, including most Bank Holidays (closed Christmas and New Year), opening hours are 10am - 5pm during the summer (Easter to September) and 10.30 to 4.30 in the winter, with last admission half an hour before closing.

Reviewed By PaulWuE - Wotton-under-Edge

We were 'between' Exhibitions in the main galleries, but the part that was open was very interesting with its smallish collection of mainly portraiture painting and LOTS of local interest offerings in a varied and wide-ranging exhibition of the delightful minutiae of Penzance. The coffee shop downstairs was perfect for a much-needed refreshment break, too. Gardens surrounding certainly worth a stroll-through.

3. Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Trenmenheere Sculpture Garden Tolver, Penzance TR20 8YL, England +44 1736 448089
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4.5 based on 477 reviews

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is a major attraction in West Cornwall. In a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting. Interwoven with this there is also an evolving programme of contemporary artwork. The very favoured micro climate of kindly winter temperatures and shelter from the wind allow exotic and half - hardy plants to flourish. The planting schemes are appropriate to the varying individual habitats but carry a unifying theme of sculptural forms, textures and colours, complementing what nature has already provided. Dramatic landscape and planting provide the backdrop to contemplative but inspirational artworks. Internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell, David Nash, Richard Long and Tim Shaw have interacted with the setting to create site-specific permanent work, which harmonise with the landscape.

Reviewed By vebeus2017 - Northampton, United Kingdom

We called in here on way back from Mousehole and weren't expecting much, however arriving at the car park, we soon realised that this showed promise. We arrived at 2.30pm and were lucky to find a seat in the cafe. We only had coffee but it was a very nice place to sit. Aware that we hadn't a lot of time though, we headed off into the Gardens through a magical glade with babbling stream and hidden sculptures. As the ground rises, the garden opens out and you get your first glimpses of the stunning coastline overlooking St Michael's mount. As you head upwards there are several treats in the way of views, sculptures and follies and the planting is superb. There is even a Chelsea Flower Show design here. We looked around the Art Gallery, housed in an amazing barn-like structure and bought a couple of plants at the reasonable priced nursery. I honestly found this a much better place to visit than The Eden Project, and would have spent more time here had we arrived earlier, though it was nice to have the place almost to ourselves by the end. They are expanding the Gardens so there will be even more to see next time.

4. Tanglewood Wild Garden

Newbridge, Penzance TR20 8PL, England +44 7581 339501
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4.5 based on 137 reviews

Tanglewood Wild Garden

Cornwall's No 1 picnic garden, 9 acres woodland and ponds A magical place for all ages Open 10am until 8pm every day (Easter until October) Adults £5.00 Children over 5 years £2.00 Dogs welcome on leads.

Reviewed By Tracy D

We tried to visit while in Cornwall but when we arrived there was a sign that stated cash only, which would be fine, but then the sign said exact money needed. We didn't have this so were unable to go in. We were disappointed not...MoreI am so sorry about your visit yesterday, we do have it on our website that cash only is required , I do hope you will give us another try

5. South West Coast Path - Penzance to Marazion

Penzance Station Car Park, Penzance TR18 2LT, England +44 1752 896237
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4.5 based on 294 reviews

South West Coast Path - Penzance to Marazion

An easy 2.1 mile walk along the South West Coast Path from Penzance that gives great views across Mounts Bay to St Michael's Mount, the Lizard and Mousehole. In autumn, the Bird Reserve at Marazion attracts rare migrants such as bitterns and water rails. The flocks of swallows hunting flying ants sometimes draw the attention of a passing hobby, an unusual bird of prey.

Reviewed By Cornish-Mandi - Penzance, United Kingdom

This is a walk my husband and i do as often as we can throughout the year. Such beautiful scenery along the way with St Michaels mount in view for the whole walk. Lots of walkers and cyclists use this path.

6. Chapel Street

Penzance, England
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4.5 based on 153 reviews

Chapel Street

Reviewed By shane s - Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

We like Penzance but we particular enjoy wandering Chapel Street which is situated a short distance from the main shopping street.
We really enjoyed lunch at the Admiral Benbow,a pub full of character and furnishings to match and enjoyed the many quirky little shops that litter this street.There are a few restaurants,pubs and antique shops and at the bottom end of the street is the beautiful church.
Really worth a look....
Visited October 2017.

7. Trengwainton Garden

Madron, near Penzance, Cornwall, Penzance TR20 8RZ, England +44 1736 363148
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4.5 based on 545 reviews

Trengwainton Garden

Reviewed By NoahBirmingham - Stourbridge, United Kingdom

Called in for a walk and a look around, great views from the front of the house, Gardens are looking good this time of year, all the buds are ready to flower. The Gardens are kept really well, it must have been difficult with the amount of rain that we have had, well worth a visit

8. Morrab Gardens

Morrab Road, Penzance TR18 4HD, England +44 1736 351960
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Morrab Gardens

Morrab Gardens is a public park, with luxuriant sub-tropical planting established over many years, in the centre of Penzance. The quality of a public space gives a strong impression of an area. It is part of what gives a town its identity, and local residents a sense of civic pride. By the late nineteenth century, Penzance had become a popular seaside resort and required a park for visitors’ recreation. To this end, Penzance Corporation acquired Morrab House, along with its grounds, in 1888 for £3,120. The villa was leased by Penzance Private Library and the Gardens were designed and set out to the scheme of paths and borders which can be seen to this day. When the Gardens were established, in the 1880s, unlike today there were no nurseries selling exotic plants, the original planting was the result of gifts from local estates.

Reviewed By Deetee100 - London

Lovely little oasis in the centre of Penzance with a great variety of subtropical plants and a winding path leading through the different planting zones. Visiting in November is perfectly nice, but this place clearly shows itself off better during the summer months.

Near The Madron-Morvah Road, Madron, Penzance, England
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4.5 based on 129 reviews

Men-an-tol

Reviewed By jsinglehurst2017 - Penzance, United Kingdom

Such a shame that cattle are grazing around this ancient monument. Poo everywhere, paths churned up and quite worrying if you have a dog. It was never like this before and so sad that the farmer needs money so badly to ruin this place.

10. Merry Maidens

Lamorna, Penzance, England
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Merry Maidens

One of England's best-preserved and complete ancient stone circles consisting of 19 granite stones that form a perfect circle nearly 78 feet in diameter.

Reviewed By Midlandsman56 - Mansfield, United Kingdom

driving from Penzance through the country roads, we came across a pull in and found this place by accident. The only shame is there is no information at the site or we couldnt find it, also a man was letting his dog run riot and also wetting all over the place, it should really have been on a lead, but sadly you also get the odd one bad owner

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