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Things to do in Penzance

Idylic seaside town surrounded by stunning scenery

Are you looking for things to do in Penzance? We've got plenty of great ideas for you and places to go in your leisure time.

Known for...   Fishing and Pirates

Did you know...

  • Penzance has one of the oldest surviving art-deco swimming pools in the country, dating back to the early 20th century.
  • Penzance is the home of the pirates in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance.
  • Penzance's 'The Savoy' is reputedly the oldest continuously used cinema in Britain.



Kernow Coasteering

The UK's most westerly coasteering centre offering coasteering around Penzance and St. Ives.
2 Orchard Court
TR18 4SX

Recommended by Matthew, Penzance
“It was great fun and a fantastic day out. Matt was an excellent guide and tutor and he is good value for money. Our group was five adults and Matt was able to take us out along a section of the more rugged north Cornish coast which was quite spectacular! Not only was the scenery brilliant but the route Matt takes you along is adventurous, thrilling and full of fun. We even saw a seal at one point. We were out for about 3 hrs and it flew by.”


Jubilee Outdoor Bathing Pool

Jubilee Pool is one of the few remaining Art Deco 1930s Lidos that has now become established as one of Cornwall’s landmarks.
The Promenade
TR18 4UU


Mên An Tol FREE

This iconic and highly photogenic site is one of the best known megalithic structures in Britain.
TR20 8NX


Lanyon Quoit FREE

Lanyon Quoit is the best-known Cornish quoit, as it stands right beside the road leading from Madron to Morvah.
TR20 8NY


Chysauster Ancient Village

English Heritage - The houses line a 'village street', and each had an open central courtyard.
TR20 8XA


St Michael's Mount

National Trust - Enchanting island with medieval castle and church.
TR17 0HT

Recommended by Alison Dawes, Worcester



Princess May Recreation Ground FREE

An attractive green open space. It has a modern skate-bowl, playground, trim trail and large open green space.
Rosevean Terrace
TR18 2AT


Morrab Gardens FREE

These lovely public gardens are situated just off the town centre and have been looked after by the Council since they were bought.
TR18 4DA



Mounts Bay Little Hogus FREE

The beaches are formed by an expanse of hard sand backed by coastal protection walls of granite.
TR17 0AB

Recommended by C Davis, Penzance



Penlee House Gallery And Art Museum

Charming art gallery and museum with beautiful gardens and a lovely cafe too.
Morrab Road
TR18 4HE


Recommended by Lindy Hine, Cornwall


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St Ives, Cornwall (7.2 miles)
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Redruth (16 miles)
Truro (23.7 miles)
Scilly Isles (36.4 miles)
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