Cornwall’s most westerly borough, Penzance is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, peppered with geographical, historical and cultural wonders. It is a place steeped in myths and legends and has been the source of inspiration for artists, writers and poets for hundreds of years. From the perilous cliff top walks to the ancient fishing villages, the sub-tropical vegetation and Bronze and Iron Age places of mystery it is a truly magical place. But uppermost of all Town and surrounding area’s attractions is its inseparable connection with the sea. After all its notoriety as a haven for smugglers and wreckers was the inspiration for Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous production ‘The Pirates of Penzance’.
It is no wonder then that this magnificent strip of coastline is a huge magnet for Sailing enthusiasts and Pleasure Boaters from all over Britain and beyond. Indeed Mounts Bay is celebrated across the globe for the regular Championships held there for a wide variety of classes. The harbour has around 50 (reasonably priced) berths and excellent facilities. There is also a good Sailing Club that offers Penzance calibre hospitality, tuition and all kinds of nautical services.
Mount’s Bay is also home to Penzance’s star attraction, the magnificent island castle of St. Michael’s Mount. Second only to the castle is the Minack Theatre which is has to have the most dramatic setting of any stage in the UK, perched in the cliffs above the sea. Lands End is only 10 miles away and other nearby attractions include the Tate Gallery at St.Ives, Flambards Theme Park at Helston and the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek. The reputation of the beaches in around the Peninsula are the stuff of holiday history and are by far the main reason so many people flock the area each year.
The town itself has a great reputation for its tradition of friendly welcomes; a tradition it is most proud of. It also boasts the very best in Cornish food, drink and entertainment with a great choice of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. During the long summer days there is nothing quite like strolling round the town centre soaking up the atmosphere which can only be described as a relaxed bustle. So whatever you’re looking for from a holiday by the seaside you’d actually be hard pushed to top a visit to Penzance.
Welcome to St Michael's Mount
Castaway for an island adventureâ€¦
Explore the amazing island world of St Michael's Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible historyâ€¦
Stroll across the causeway where a legendary giant once walked.
Follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home.
Stray from the mainland on foot or by boat and get up close to the beguiling beauty of the castle-topped isle standing proud in Mount's Bay. Come ashore for a family outing, a tour of the castle or a garden visit. Scale the fairytale turrets for dazzling views. Listen to live music on the village green. Tuck into fresh local food in the Island Café or the Sail Loft Restaurant.
Address: St Michael's Mount, Manor office, Marazion,Cornwall, TR170EF
Penzance Dry Dock was founded in 1834 and not only is it one of the oldest established dry docks in the UK; it is one of the first in Europe. Over the years the shipyard has had many clients, from local fishing vessels to the Ministry of Defence. The Dry Dock operates a 365 day a year service and together with sheltered wet berths and tidal berths, is ideally located at the crossroads of the world's busiest shipping lanes within the UK Southwest.
The Dry Dock facilities provide a complete range of marine services and the workshops are well equipped to complete all first class marine and land based engineering services, refits and conversions for:
- Commercial ships
- Super yachts
The Dry Dock continues to undertake a wide range of work for regular and new clients. Its skilled and experienced workforce offers both short efficient repair schedules as well as complex long term conversions without the need to support a high cost business infrastructure.
New and returning clients are always welcome to the Shipyard and will be offered:
- Modern techniques
- Low overheads
- Flexible working practices
- Commitment to work with customers individually
- High quality low cost timely delivery
- Guaranteed satisfaction.
The Dry Dock is now operated by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group who have been in existence for 90 years and currently own five vessels, one passenger ferry, one general cargo pallet carrier, one general cargo vessel and two inter-island working boats.
The Steamship Group also operate a scheduled airline â€śSkybusâ€ť. Cornwall's longest serving airline has been in operation for over 25 year.
Skybus have six aircraft (three De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters and three Britten Noman Islanders) and more than 60,000 people fly with Skybus every year from six UK airports; Land's End, Newquay, Exeter, Bristol, Southampton and St Mary's.
Any Time Taxis Penzance was established in 2009 and is Penzance's only 24 hours a day, 365 days a year taxi service. We offer a range of cars including wheelchair accessible vehicles, 7 seater and 4 seater taxis. We have a modern fleet of taxi vehicles which are equipped with the very latest digital radio communication technology, ensuring you arrive on time.
We undertake contract work with business customers and local authorities, for more information on this facility please contact us by telephone or e-mail.
Address: ANY TIME TAXIS, 21 Mount Lidden, Penzance, TR184PA
The location of Sea View Cottage and Apartments couldn't be better. With stunning views over the bustling harbour and bay you are also only a minutes' walk from Penance's most famous historic street directly into the town centre with all its interesting historic side streets and shops.
A minutes walk in the opposite direction, and enjoy Penzance promenade and the largest open air swimming pool in the country (Jubilee Pool), continue the walk along the promenade to be taken to the working fishing village of Newlyn and enjoy the famous daily fresh Jelberts Ice-cream. The golden beach of Eastern Green & Long Rock which leads onto Marazion and St Michaels Mount is also within a short walking distance of the house and apartments.
A ten minute drive from Sea View Cottage takes you to some of the best surf breaks in Cornwall if not the world, Sennen and Gwenver beaches offer golden sand and world class waves. Also within 15 mins. drive are St Ives, The Tate Gallery, The Minack open air Theatre and Lands End.
Cornwall is renowned for its gentle climate, influenced by the Gulf Stream, but just to be sure; all our accommodations are centrally heated. All of our properties are appointed to a very high standard and include all the fixtures and fitting you would expect from modern accommodation i.e. fully fitted kitchen inc dishwashers, fridge freezers, washer dryers etc. All properties also have large TV ( inc free view) and DVD as standard. There are also free wifi facilities available .All guests also benefit from a 10% from meals taken in our harbourside restaurant 'The Boatshed'. Café Bar.
For more information on all of our properties please visit our website.
Our stylish hotel in West Cornwall is situated within stunning sub-tropical gardens leading onto the beautiful Cornish coastline and the historic fishing village of Mousehole. ,br>
Whether you use the Old Coastguard Hotel in Cornwall as a base to explore the beautiful Penwith coastline or as a romantic break to escape and unwind, you will find our superb facilities will cater for all of your needs during your holiday in Cornwall.
Address: Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole, Penzance, TR19 6PR
If you like good food with friends in an open, airy,stylish restaurant with a happy atmosphere, the Bay's the place to eat in Penzance for you. A special place to celebrate and relax.
We open onto an outdoor deck with magnificentviews across Mount's Bay, over the rooftops to the Penzance Harbour waterfront.
Our food is regional and modern European cuisine, fizzingly fresh
with a light touch, and fine attention to detail in an unstuffy atmosphere.
Staff will help you choose the best from the local fish markets,
farms & gardens washed down with wine from everywhere round the world including Cornwall.
Sunday to Friday lunch from 12, Afternoon tea from 3pm
Dinner 7 days a week from 6.00pm.
Address: THE BAY RESTAURANT, BRITONS HILL, PENZANCE, TR18 3AE
All our rooms are en-suite with baths or showers, and centrally heated with all the facilities one would expect. We would ask guests to note that our bedrooms and restaurant are non-smoking and that we are unable to accommodate domestic pets!
Twelve of our fourteen bedrooms have stunning sea views; many of our frequent visitors claim the panoramic views of Mounts Bay from the Hotel are the best of any hotel in the United Kingdom.
The sub tropical garden leads to a the seashore with rock pools to explore and Mousehole harbour itself has a small sandy beach where children can play safely.
The star inn is a bit of a tardis of a pub, small from the outside but surprisingly large inside. They are big on sport with 12 screens showing sky tv plenty of football,rugby and even the darts.
The pub has lots of nooks and crannies so there are plenty of quiet areas to escape or join in with the crowd. They do food from 12 o'clock its good pub grub, good size value for money meals.
Families are more than welcome with a children's menu and designated family areas.Brand name house doubles and a wide range of soft drinks on tap, pepsi,lemonade, vimto,irn-bru, orange juice and cranberry.Also a range of cocktails and shooters.
Free wifi, quiz night on a tuesday, jukebox, 2 pool tables, dart area and a lively weekend night life. Also private parties can be catered for christenings, birthdays even weddings at very reasonable prices.
Why not pop in and give us a try.
Address: The Star Inn, 119 Market Jew Street, Penzance, TR182LD
Newlyn is one of the largest fishing port in the UK and is the first 24/7 harbour available to boats fishing the Southwest Atlantic waters.
The new Newlyn Pier and Harbour Commissioners have been appointed to supervise the development and running of the port and fish market in the interests of the fishing industry and the broader Newlyn community. The Commissioners have been offered substantial funds to support a new fish market from the European Union Fisheries Fund and the European Union Regional Development Fund to help regenerate Newlyn as a port and town. Important decisions now need to be made regarding this funding, the proposed developments and the additional funding required and the new Harbour Commissioners Board are determined to consider the shipping industry and related industry and the local community in their discussions.
Experience the unique atmosphere of place in history that is steeped in intrigue and mystery. Imagine yourself taking a drink in the same place that Pirates and Smugglers once used some 750 years ago. This is one of the oldest pubs in Cornwall. An underground tunnel leading from the harbour was used to secretly transport their bounty just before their evenings rest at the Public Bar. This can still be seen from our courtyard.
Allow your imagination to wander as you decide what to do. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in the comfort of the bar area. Ponder over the selection of the finest food in the area from our extensive menu or simply enjoy the ambience of a local friendly pub.
Our restaurant serves the freshest, finest local produce. Our food has been recognised by numerous awards. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy. Take in the Cornish sun while eating your meal Al Fresco in our covered seating area.
Address: The Turks Head, Chapel Street, Penzance, TR18 4AF
Fat Fish Café and Take Away serving you the best tasting fish and chips in Penzance. Whether you enjoy traditional fish and chips or prefer your fish simply grilled with new potatoes and vegetables, this is the place to eat.
Please note that all chips are cooked in palm oil making them suitable for vegetarians. If you follow a gluten free diet, you can still enjoy traditional fish and chips by requesting our celiac batter.
It’s not all about fish and chips though. We do have varied breakfast, daytime and evening menus for you to choose from as well as our daily ‘Specials’. Children have their own ‘all day’ menu with dishes like ‘Pickers Platter’ designed specifically to cater to their tastes. At the weekend, try something from our special breakfast menu and enjoy a glass of Prosecco with your smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
Private parties and events can be catered for, just give us a ring or call in to discuss your requirements.
If fishing is your passion and you want to ‘Eat what you Catch’ without cooking it yourself, then we can do that for you. When you drop off your freshly caught fish, discuss with our chef how you would like it served then come back later to enjoy local food at its freshest. No fishing gear, no problem – ask us if we can organise a fishing trip where all tackle is supplied. Please note that there are a limited number of places available each day for our ‘Eat what you Catch’ dining.
You will find Fat Fish Café on Wharf Road opposite the harbour car park a minute’s walk from the railway and bus station.
We are open all year round with free wireless and both indoor and outdoor seating. Whether you want just a coffee, a glass of wine or a three course meal, you can be assured of a warm welcome from Lorraine, Jody and their team, so do come along and see us!
Winter opening hours
Fat Fish Cafe 10.00am – 4.00pm
Fat Fish Take Away 12 noon – 8.00pm
Summer opening hours
Fat Fish Cafe 8.30am – late
Fat Fish Take Away 12 noon – late
A VISIT TO THE BOATSHED CAFE BAR PENZANCE
IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST A DINING EXPEREINCE.
Located on the picturesque harbour side of Penzance town in the South West of England. We pride ourselves on using only the best fresh local ingredients. We offer a range of dishes to suite the whole family or business party from locally caught seafood to the finest West Country Steaks.
We have a full selection of popular starters/sharers which includes items such as Nachos, Moules Mariniere, Grilled Goats Cheese, Seafood and Vegetarian Tapas. Our chef has a regular and ever changing specials menu to tempt you with. We also have an excellent selection of local and new world wines to complement your meal.
Coming to the Boatshed is much more than just a dining experience. This is one of the oldest parts of town where much of the original maritime commercial activity that helped to establish Penzance started from. The Boatshed is an authentic old wharf side building located on the harbour front in Penzance. As you dine beneath great beams and masts of old sailing vessels the atmosphere wreaks of a bygone era of smuggling and shipwrecking. With trading connections and seafaring links with all parts of the continent as well as the new world it has been mentioned that beneath the timbers of the old store and restaurant room, Masters of Neapolitan brigs our of Rio, or homeward bound East Indiamen transacted a bargain or two amidst the rich aromas of Geneva Gin, Schnapps and Turkey Twist. The romance of this past era is still prevalent today when you visit us.
During the season, the Boatshed Café bar is open throughout the day and evening â€“ with the main first floor restaurant being open in the evenings. The Cafe Bar has a distinctly continental feel in keeping with its original heritage. If you care to take a stroll around the harbour to take in the general boating scene you may today be tempted by the rich aroma of freshly ground coffee or to sample one of our splendid wines or beers and watch the world go by from the outside terrace. We have a range of tapas or light bites throughout the day as well as the full dining experience. Children are very welcome and we do indeed provide a children's menu.
We have a fully licensed bar and can cater for private parties including buffets. Our bar and functions room is an ideal venue for birthday parties. We also have free Wi Fi facilities for our customers.
To view the restaurant or download menus please visit our website
We also provide holiday accommodation all year round. For more information on our holiday accommodation please visit www.bosuns.org
If you wish to reserve a table or have any further enquiries to make please do not hesitate to call us on
RESTAURANT : 01736 368845
OFFICE : 01736 366746.
The Penzance Harbour Users Association exists to give its members a collective voice. At a time when there is the potential for lots of change in the harbour area it is more important than ever that the people who use the harbour for business and pleasure have representation. The association has monthly meetings up to date issues are discussed and members get a chance to meet on a social basis. These meetings can involve illustrated talks on a variety of topics, by visiting speakers and harbour users. If you are new to the harbour it offers the opportunity to meet other boat users and to keep abreast of current developments.
This Edwardian townhouse hotel is in an elevated location high above the Penzance rooftops looking over the waterfront activity of Penzance harbour and bay.
Welcoming, indulgent and comfortable, with 25 individual rooms - a superb base for short breaks exploring Marazion to Mousehole, the rugged cliffs of land’s end and the golden beaches and galleries of St Ives.
Hotel Penzance is where the guest is king, we want you to feel it's yours for as long as you stay. That's why we take time and care to provide everything we think you need... attentive service, help with planning your day, tickets, picnic baskets or onward bookings... Come and let us indulge you the Cornish way!
Stephen & Yvonne Hill