Penzance is a historic port that sits on the South Coast of West Cornwall. This area of the UK has the mildest climate, and you’ll notice palms trees and gardens of sub-topical plants on your visit. The town has a thriving art and music scene, new age shops, and fine restaurants, which lend a more bohemian atmosphere. There a number of great beaches, and the sight of St Michaels Mount across the water makes for some stunning views.

If you want to admire the fruits of Penzance’s unique climate, take a stroll around Morrab Gardens near the seafront. This tropical oasis was turned into a municipal park in 1889, and features many sub-tropical plant species. It’s a wonderful place to take a quiet walk, or spread a blanket and have a picnic on the grass.

For art, visit the Penlee House Gallery & Museum. The galleries have a programme of changing exhibitions that celebrate the artistic skill of painting in West Cornwall during the 19th and 20th centuries. They showcase work from the renowned Newlyn School.

There is also a variety of seaborne activities available, including boat trips, sea safaris and fishing excursions. If you’re just looking to relax by the sea, Perranuthnoe, Lamorna Cove and Kenneggey Sands are fantastic beaches to visit.

Penzance and the surrounding area contains a plentiful supply of accommodation, from hotels to camping, there is something for the families, couples, and for those visiting on business.

Useful Info

Main Attractions: Harbour, Morrab Gardens, Penlee Gallery, Great Restaurants

Accommodation: Hotels, B&Bs, Hostels, Camping, Caravans

Food: Restaurants, Cafes, Bars and Takeways

Accessible Via: A30

Coast: South

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