Penzance Holiday Cottages
Did you know...Napoleon’s victory at Trafalgar was first announced in Penzance?
Penzance’s blend of dramatic scenery, beautiful coastline and fascinating sites make it one of the most intriguing towns on Cornwall’s south coast. Whether those on Penzance holidays are drawn to the town by its sandy beaches, surf, or variety of nearby attractions and events – they are sure to appreciate its distinctive character and evident history. Blue Chip’s Penzance holiday cottages also make a great base from which to explore nearby Land’s End, Marazion and Sennen Cove.
- Penzance (Pensans) is Cornish for ‘Holy headland’
- Penzance has its own Heliport to the Isles of Scilly
- ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ was based on Penzance raids by Mediterranean pirates
Penzance Tourist Information
Perched on Mount’s Bay, it’s easy to see why Penzance is the inspiration for many a legend – and its past of pirates and mysterious communities are brought to life by the area’s rugged landscapes. Three miles to the east of Penzance, St Michael’s Mount houses an offshore castle worthy of any film set! The island can be reached from the town via the original causeway at low tide or by boat. Tours of the historic castle operate between March and October, and whether those on Penzance holidays opt to take one – the romantic figure it cuts on the horizon will add a dramatic quality to their getaway.
Although larger than many of the towns in Cornwall, Penzance is easy to explore on foot. For those art lovers on Penzance holidays, the town offers the Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange Gallery. Penzance also prides itself on Trengwainton Gardens. The botanic delights to be found beyond the walls of these enchanting gardens include unusual plants, exotic shrubs and remarkable flowers- all in a sheltered setting.
Beach Holidays in Penzance
Penzance Longrock Beach is the most accessible from Penzance town, and its shallow waters and expanses of sand and pebble make it a popular choice with those on family holidays in Penzance. Dogs are not permitted on the beach between Easter and October, and there are toilets and cafes close by. There is also a limited car park and lifeguarding during the summer.
Eastern Green beach consists of sand and shingle, and stretches from Penzance, past Marazion and through to St Michael’s Mount. Access is easiest from Marazion, and Eastern Green Beach’s gently sloping sea bed makes it a safe option for young children. Mount’s Bay includes a number of beaches and coves, some offering perfect surfing conditions and most ideal for families staying in Penzance holiday cottages.
Penzance Family Attractions
The traditional festivals held annually in Penzance’s streets are a huge part of its character. The Golowan Festival celebrates the midsummer feast of St John and takes place during June. Watch tradition explode against the present in a flurry of fireworks, processions, displays by local children and live performances throughout Penzance. The Mazey Day Parade also takes place during the Golowan Festival.
Minack Theatre is a must-see for those enjoying breaks in Penzance holiday cottages. Literally carved into the rocks overlooking the sea, this amphitheatre promises an unforgettable experience – even if visitors choose not to see a production. Penzance’s location on Cornwall’s coastline makes it an excellent base for guests to explore nearby Land’s End, and the Isles of Scilly can be reached by boat from Penzance port, a short flight or Penzance’s helipad for those who fancy going a little further afield.