Weekend Breaks to Penzance
Planning a short break to Penzance? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Penzance. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Penzance. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Penzance on a Short Break
The former Benedictine monastery is located in a spectacular setting on a rocky promatery that becomes an island at high tide. At the peak stands a castle and just below is a church and a full on village(The villagers must be used to the thousands of tourist who tread their streets).
It's a must see and if you stay in nearby Penzance just a short drive down the coast. Interesting history, fine views and splendid gardens.
For more information visit - www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
Located in the centre of town in Morrab Road, This fine 19 the century house is the perfect setting for an outstanding collection of art and crafts of which the area is renowned. Some of the schoolers of the well known Newlyn Art School display their works here.Archaeological finds from the area are also on show and one can learn something about the history of the area.
The centre has recently opened in the heart of town and provides a one stop shopping experience. You will find the usual line shops mixed with specialised local shops, and hunting down a genuine Cornish Pasty has never been easier. The lovely winding streets are full of interesting little shops and as a market town, watch out for the regular markets.
15, Regent Terrace, The perfect location in the quiet part of town, this pretty Victorian terraced house overlooks Mounts Bay and the Promenade. This B & B has won many awards and is recognised as maintaining a consistently high standard. All the rooms are en-suite and have TVs, the front rooms enjoy a sea view. You can be sure of a friendly welcome here and the owners will assist to make your stay enjoyable.
Situated in the harbour in Wharf Road, The Boatshed is a great place for a relaxed snack for lunch or full on evening meal. The decor is remainisant of the bowels of a boat, and the chef specialises in fresh sea food, but also offer a fine meat selection. The whole family will enjoy eating here and it's ideal for a business meeting or a touch of romance.
Go to www.boatshed.info/index
This festival has Celtic origins as it's roots and is basically a celebration of the longest day - 21st June. It is a week of festivities that include parades complete with dragons, floats, bands, bonfires, fireworks, song and revelry. Plenty of events on the go and its worth planning your break to catch the fun.
All the details are on their website; GOLOWAN
These beautiful gardens on the outskirts of the town at Madron, are run by The National Trust.The gardens are nicely sheltered and contain many exotic trees and shrubs. A walk around the gardens will take you to lots of secret corners and the property commands some fine views of the West Cornish coast. After your walk enjoy a cuppa in the Tea Room or browse around the well stocked shop.
Go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk
This is an about 15km southwest of town in the town of Porthcurno, The stunning setting of this open air amphitheatre can't be topped. Set in the rock with views out to sea and of the rugged coastal cliffs. You are welcome to just stroll around the gardens in the day and maybe have a famous Cornish Cream Tea in the coffee shop. The other cream here would be to watch a performance of "The Pirates of Penzance" from here.
For details visit www.minack.com
This intimate club is ideally located in Wharf Street. Great vibe in this popular club with local and guest DJs spinning house, hip hop, R and B and retro as well as theme nights, that sometimes cater for oldies with hits from the past. Great bar, sound system and dance floor.
For what's happening go to; www.bosunsclub.com
Just east of the harbour, the bay sweeps all the way to Marazion at St Michaels Mount. The beach has been awarded a blue flag (A European award for a clean, high standard beach). From there it is perfect to investigate the little coves and villages all the way to the Mousehole(Pronounced Musell).
The kids will love the fine sands and safe swimming/snorkelling
For more information www.penzance.co.uk
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We had a wonderful time on a wildlife watching trip from Penzance round the Land's End Peninsular. The wildlife (seals, basking sharks, porpoises...) and the views are spectacular and the guides really know their stuff. I thoroughly recommend this if you are staying in Penzance.
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