Attractions Nearby Penzance, Day Trips and Excursions
(Penzance, Cornwall, England, UK)
A collection of excellent attractions can be found close to Penzance and easily reached by either car, bus and in some cases, train. Many people visiting Penzance choose to take a stroll along the nearby Granite Coast Walk and enjoy its many vantage points presented along the way, while the attractions at the small port village of Mousehole are equally appealing.
Land's End is one of Cornwall's most visited spots and popular with tourists from Penzance. Also close by are the attractions of St. Ives
, home to its very own Tate Gallery. Those looking for excitement will no doubt enjoy a day out at Helston's Flambards Experience, where the roller coaster attractions and fast rides are sure to please.
The town of St. Ives
is sited just 16 km / 10 miles north of Penzance and features a captivating harbourside setting, with endless photo opportunities. With superb beaches, an impressive shopping strip and a good selection of restaurants around its wharf, most visitors to St. Ives are surprised by the town's prominent arts scene, with the must-see Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden both housing many important art works waiting to be viewed.
Address: Mousehole, Cornwall, England, UK
A historic pilchard-fishing harbour with many beautiful cottages concentrated around the coastline, Mousehole is overflowing with character and lies 5 km / 3 miles south of Penzance. As a direct result of its location alongside Penzance, Mousehole can become surprisingly busy during the summer months, with the main attractions including local arts and crafts shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Mousehole is well known for featuring in the story, 'The Mousehole Cat', which is based on a legendary fishing tale, and is also known for its spectacular Christmas lights and local speciality fish dish of 'Starry Gazey Pie'.
Address: Land's End, Cornwall, England, UK
Famous for being England's most westerly location, no trip to Penzance is complete without visiting the attractions at Land's End. Located around 15 km / 9 miles to the south-west of Penzance, Land's End offers some of the most spectacular stretches of Cornish coastline and the views here are quite magical. The Legendary Land's End theme park is a recent addition to the area's attractions, and although a little commercialised, is extremely popular with families.
Granite Coast Walk
Address: Porthgwarra, near Penzance, Cornwall, England, UK
Close to both Land's End and Penzance, the Granite Coast Walk consists of a circular trail, lasting around 90 minutes. Featuring a particularly scenic coastal pathway and many cliff-top views along the route, stretching to Lizard Point and beyond, this walking trail also passes the peaceful Porthchapel Cove and St. Levan church.
Address: Helston, Cornwall, England, UK
Helston is an appealing town approximately 22 km / 14 miles east of Penzance and is known for being the gateway to the stunning Lizard Peninsula. Attractions in Helston are extremely diverse and include a Folk Museum, an annual pagan dance festival and also the Flambards Experience theme park. More than 30 years old and featuring a number of thrilling rides, Flambards is suitable for all ages and live entertainment, landscaped gardens and a Victorian village area, are amongst other attractions.
The Flambards Experience
Address: Clodgey Lane, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0QA, England, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1326 573 404
Open hours: daily, February and March - 11:00 to 16:00; April and May 10:30 to 17:00; June and July - 10:00 to 17:00; August and September - 10:00 to 17:30; October - 10:30 to 16:30; during both spring, autumn and winter, Flambards is closed on some selected Mondays and Fridays
Admission: charge, discounts for seniors, small groups and children, children five years old and under are free