Perched dramatically above the glittering sweep of Mounts Bay, Penzance has been the last stop on the main line from London since the days of the Great Western Railway, and the town still feels one step removed from the rest of the county. With its hotchpotch of winding streets, old shopping arcades and grand seafront promenade, it feels much more authentic than the polished-up, prettified towns of Padstow and St Ives, and makes an excellent base for exploring the rest of west Cornwall and Land’s End.
Penzance destination guides
Cornish Coastal Path West: St Ives to Penzance
Walk on the Cornwall Coastal Path West from St Ives to Penzance.
Cornish Coastal Path South: Marazion to Mevagissey
Walk along the southern section of the Cornwall Coastal Path