Penzance - jewel of Mounts Bay

Being just a short drive from Kenegie Manor, Penzance offers you an easily accessible holiday centre with great shopping and dining. Forget preconceptions of a sleepy port town at the end of the London to Cornwall railway line. Penzance has thriving Arts and restaurant scenes, is popular among sailing enthusiasts and, along with picturesque neighbouring Newlyn, makes a perfect base for exploring West Cornwall.

Penzance attractions and highlights

  • The Arts - including the recently refurbished Newlyn Art Gallery and Exchange Gallery
  • The Jubilee Pool (one of the UK’s most unusual and pleasingly designed Art Deco lidos)
  • Perfectly located for exploring Cornwall’s rich history
  • Penzance National Lighthouse Centre, one of the finest collections of lighthouse equipment
  • Major market town with Wharfside Shopping Centre and wide range of shops
  • Day trips to Isles of Scilly from Penzance heliport or ferry from harbour
  • Excellent road and rail links to the rest of England
  • West Cornwall’s famously mild climate

Penzance, Cornwall - a home of Cornish sailing

Penzance is situated on Mount's Bay, home to some of the UK’s finest sailing. Each July, the Penzance Sailing Club hosts a major race to the Isles of Scilly and back. And every second year this popular Penzance yachting club hosts a class championship - in 2008, the Laser 2000 and Laser Vago Nationals.

Penzance gardens

Penzance’s location gives it a temperate climate that makes it warmer than most of the rest of Britain. Gardens are famous for their spectacular displays of colour and rare tropical plants. Explore the natural beauty of Trewidden Gardens, and enjoy over 300 varieties of camellias, some from India and China. Or marvel at the enormous tree ferns (giving it a Jurassic feel) at Trengwainton Gardens, owned by the National Trust. Penzance is richly blessed for gardens!

Penzance restaurants

Penzance is packed with eateries for all tastes. Not surprisingly, restaurants such as The Bakehouse specialise in freshly caught Cornish seafood and local produce. Others cater for tastes as diverse as Asian (the Thai Moon, featured on Eating Out in Cornwall) or classic European dining (The Queens Hotel, with views of St Michael’s Mount). And if you’re self-catering, there are plenty of well stocked supermarkets too.

However you plan to enjoy Penzance - you’ll be surprised by what it’s got to offer. For Penzance accommodation why not choose one of our 4 charming cottages in Kenegie Manor.


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