Penzance sits in a sheltered south facing location on the shores of Mount’s Bay, only 10 miles from Land’s End. It is the main centre for west Cornwall and has direct rail links to London, the north of England and Scotland. It also is a hub of the bus network, with routes to Hayle, St Ives, Sennen, Land’s End, Porthcurno, Marazion and the Lizard peninsula.
From ‘Gannet’ it is an easy walk along the sea front in either direction. Head west along Newlyn Green to Newlyn and then on to Mousehole, or east along the promenade, past the iconic art deco Jubilee pool, to the harbour. Fishing and pleasure boats depart from Penzance harbour, as does the Scillonian III, the ferry to the Isles of Scilly.
It is a level walk along the coastal footpath all the way to Marazion, where you can walk, or take the ferry (depending on the tide) across to St. Michael’s Mount. You can watch windsurfers, kitesurfers and paddleboarders, indeed have a go if want!
A pleasure boat in Penzance harbour
Penzance town centre
The Jubilee Pool
Within easy reach of Penzance are the long golden beaches of St. Ives, Sennen and Hayle. The stunning cliff top Minack Theatre is just along the coast at Porthcurno. Many of the locations for the filming of ‘Poldark’, such as Porthgwarra, Porthcurno and Bottallick, are within 10 miles
The town has some attractive parks. Morrab Gardens is very sheltered and has a fountain & bandstand. Penlee Park has an excellent art gallery specialising in paintings from the Newlyn School of Art. There is a cafe/restaurant with outside seating in a sun trap overlooking the park. It is a pleasant walk from ‘Gannet’ through Penlee Park to Penzance town centre.
The Golowan Festival takes place in mid June, more than a week of events and music, culminating in Mazey Day.
Penzance is an ideal out of season location. Come in winter and see spectacular seas and surf from the coastal footpath, or in February and see fields full of daffodils, or at Christmas and see the famous Mousehole lights.
Penzance has an interesting town centre with a number of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
Chapel Street, which runs from the town centre down to the harbour, has pubs, antique shops and galleries and is well worth a visit.
Penzance promenade looking towards Newlyn
Just a few yards from the apartment