Top things to do in Penzance

Top Choice Modern British in Penzance


This brilliant seafood bistro is overseen by chef Bruce Rennie, a veteran of many a Michelin-starred kitchen. It's all about classic fish and shellfish here, sourced from the Newlyn day boats and served with a stron…
Top Choice Vintage in Penzance


A real dig-and-delve treasure trove, overflowing with all kinds of bric-a-brac, vintage clothes, retro lamps, secondhand vinyl and other bits of who-knows-what ephemera. You could spend hours of happy browsing in he…
Pub Food in Penzance

Coldstreamer Inn

This village inn in Gulval is a real corker. Chef-patron Tom Penhaul has a strong local pedigree, and his stylish food has earned many admirers, including a mention in the Michelin pub guide. It's traditionally deco…
Historic Site in Penzance

Madron Holy Well

Down a muddy track lined by hawthorn hedges, this natural spring has been revered since ancient times, and its waters are reputed to have magical and healing properties. In bygone days people would come here to bath…
Historic Site in Penzance

Chapel Street

The cream of Penzance's heritage architecture can be seen along Chapel St, which is lined with a wealth of beautifully preserved Georgian buildings.
Gardens in Penzance

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden

This inventive garden opened just outside Penzance in 2012. The landscaped gardens sit in a sheltered valley awash with artworks and installations: look out for a 'sky-view' chamber by James Turrell; 'Black Mound', …
Gardens in Penzance

Tanglewood Wild Garden

This secret garden is the very definition of a labour of love. When the owners bought it in 2001, it was little more than a tangle of brambles and overgrown alder trees; it's now been re-landscaped and re-imagined a…
Bistro in Penzance

Cornish Barn

With its exposed brick, scuffed timber, bare bulbs and blazing wood-burner, this bistro on the ground floor of the Artist Residence Penzance nails the hipster aesthetic, but it has substance as well as style. Tuck i…
Cafe in Penzance

Honey Pot

As cosy as your granddad's favourite armchair, this beloved cafe is where the locals choose for morning cafe, a lazy lunch or cheeky afternoon cake. It attracts punters across the Penzance spectrum, from arty types …
Pub in Penzance

Turk's Head

Purportedly the town’s oldest pub; there’s been a tavern here since the 13th century. It was supposedly a favourite hang-out for Penzance’s ‘free traders’ (aka smugglers); a subterranean tunnel once led to the harbo…