There are a great variety of beaches (from sheltered coves to long open beaches) within a short drive (or train ride) from Penzance. Our nearby favourites are:-
Best for Swimming
Marazion (3 miles); Perranuthnoe (5 miles); Porthminster, St Ives (8 miles); Gwithian/Godrevy, Hayle (11 miles); Porthcurno (8 miles)
Sennen Cove (8 miles); Gwenver (8 miles); Porthmeor, St Ives (8 miles)
Off the beaten track
Portheras (7 miles); Nanjizal (9 miles); Porth Chapel (8 miles); Pedn Vounder, Treen (7 miles); Kenneggy Sands (7 miles)
Although not a beach, mention must be made of the fabulous and recently refurbished Jubilee Pool on the seafront in Penzance, which opens in the Summer.
The Land’s End Peninsula offers some of the best coastal walking in Britain. Even in high season, it is possible to walk along stretches of stunning coastline without seeing hardly anyone.
There are also some good circular walks, which take you inland to beautiful lush valleys, moorland and Neolithic sites.
A little further afield, there is also great walking on the Lizard Peninsula and Helford River.
We can lend ordnance survey maps and give you our views on the best walks (and a packed lunch if you want one).
At nearby Sennen, St Ives and Praa Sands and there are surf schools. There are also many cycle paths/routes around the Land’s End Peninsula and bikes can be hired in Penzance. Boat trips, fishing and marine wildlife excursions can also be arranged in Penzance and you can fly fish at the nearby 65 acres of Drift Reservoir.
There are many beautiful gardens in Cornwall and some of the best lie within 5 – 10 miles of Penzance. First, there are the lovely tropical Morrab Gardens in the centre of Penzance.
(just outside Penzance: www.trewiddengarden.co.uk );
(about 2 miles from Penzance) – wonderful new sculpture garden with a lovely cafe ( www.tremenheere.co.uk )
St Michael’s Mount
(at Lamorna: www.gardensofcornwall.com/site/outdoor-kids/chygurno-p466183)
(about 7 miles away: www.nationaltrust.org.uk )
Further afield (10 – 25 miles)
( www.bonythonmanor.co.uk );
( www.trebahgarden.co.uk ).
We have visited all of these and can provide further advice on opening times and what’s good and when.