Public galleries


The Penzance area is said to have the highest concentration of artists in Britain outside London and this is reflected in the numerous public and private galleries and artists’ studios in the area. Public Galleries include:-

The Penlee Gallery
Specialising in The Newlyn School of Artists such as Stanhope Forbes ( )

The Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange
The Newlyn Gallery and sister gallery, The  Exchange in Penzance, both with changing contemporary exhibitions ( )

Tate St Ives
Specialising in the St Ives modernists but with great contemporary temporary exhibitions ( )

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Garden
World class museum in the sculptor’s studio ( )

Leach Pottery, St Ives
Former home and pottery of the influential Bernard Leach ( )

The Jackson Foundation
Beautiful new gallery space in St Just (6 miles from Penzance) showcasing work and exhibitions from Cornish artist Kurt Jackson

Museums and Other Attractions


St Michael’s Mount
Stunning National Trust castle (Marazion –  3 miles – )

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno
Interesting museum devoted to the history of telegraph cables laid from Porthcurno during the 19th and 20th Centuries (7 miles –

Levant mine at Pendeen
World Heritage site – 6 miles

 Atmospheric National Trust house and gardens – 6 miles

Nearby fishing villages and coves which make for a great wander include Mousehole, Penberth, Lamorna, Zennor, Porthgwarra and Prussia cove all within 3 – 8 miles from Penzance

Further Afield


Although there is plenty to see and do in the Penzance Area, worthwhile trips further afield include:-

The National Maritime Museum and Pendennis castle
In Falmouth

The Royal Cornwall Museum
In Truro

Trelissick Gardens and Trewithen Gardens
Both near Truro

Trerice Elizabethan manor house
Outside Newquay

The Eden Project

The Lost Gardens of Heligan