Best Things to See & Do in Penzance

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  • Home to a permanent collection of Newlyn School paintings and an exhibition detailing the history of Penzance

  • Located in Madron near Penzance. Woodland garden with views over Mounts Bay. Exotic trees and shrubs including tree ferns create a prehistoric feel

  • Golowan Devil

    In the Cornish language, Golowan (or Goluan or Gol-Jowan) means the Feast of St John and it is on St John’s eve, the 23rd of June, that the festivities begin for this revived tradition in Penzance. (The patron saint of the town, the town hall is...

  • Historic Chapel Street - Penzance

    The oldest part of Penzance is the quay. From here it extended up what is now Chapel Street which is rich in history and contains an eclectic mix of buildings and businesses. Most of the street dates back to the mid 18th...

  • Morrab Gardens. Sup-tropical garendens located between Penzance's town centre and promenade

  • Island castle set in the middle of Mount's Bay, just off the coast of Marazion. The Mount is now managed by the National Trust but remains the home of St Aubyn family.

  • Tremenheere arid gardens

    The Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens are probably the newest addition to Cornwall's tradition of great gardens. Only opened in 2012 the gardens have already become an established fixture on the itinerary of green-fingered visitors...

  • Newlyn Art Gallery

    Public art gallery featuring contemporary art. Located on the edge of Newlyn Green, overlooking the sea, the gallery take full advantage of its position with the recent addition of a glass pavilion.

  • The Exchange Gallery - Penzance

    Contemporary art gallery showcasing the very best of national and international contemporary art. The converted telephone exchange also has a cafe and education space

  • Located on the outskirts of Penzance Trewidden is reknowned for it's collection of camellias and exotic shrubs

  • Newlyn Fish Festival

    Every August Bank Holiday Monday the fishing port of Newlyn hosts its own lively Fish Festival, celebrating all things fish. There are local arts and crafts on offer, along with demonstrations of live cookery, musical and theatre events, children...

  • The Egyptian House

    Located 50 or so metres from the top of Chapel Street is the Egyptian House (Nos 6-7). It's perhaps one of Cornwall's most flamboyant examples of architecture with it's ornate facade of lotus columns and stylized cornices....

  • Established in 1990, the museum has an elaborate collection of lighthouse equipment that helps to tell the story of how an organization, Trinity House, has built and maintained lights around the coast of England and Wales for over 400 years.

  • Lanyon Quoit
    Situated in largely unpopulated and treeless Cornish landscape between Madron and Morvah, Lanyon Quoit, along with other Cornish dolmens, dates back to the Neolithic period (3500-2500BC), predating both the pyramids in Egypt and metal...
  • Montol

    Montol, which means 'winter solstice' in Cornish, is a recently-revived ancient festival that takes place every year in Penzance. The ritual heart of the festival, which has been likened to a Venetian Masquerade, is the huge '...

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