Penzance-A Walk AroundSkip to main navigation list
There is lots to do in Penzance Cornwall. A beautiful walk taking in many sites can be had along the sea front of Penzance Cornwall giving you an excellent opportunity to view the town and some of Penzance's best features. Start at the train station, bus station or large main car park (opposite Wharf Shopping Centre) and walk right along Mount's Bay towards Newlyn.
Start by passing the Wharf Shopping centre (calling in if you wish!), pass the harbour from where the Scillonian sails to the Isles of Scilly, and then the, claimed to be, most haunted pub in Cornwall the Dolphin Inn before rounding the corner to the promenaded and bench lined sea front. (If your group has any wheelchair uses or people not wishing or able to walk too far then I would suggest you try to park somewhere here along the front to see this and then move to the main car park.) From here, facing the sea, St Michael's Mount can be seen majestically rising from the water to the left and fishing boats sweep into the busy fishing port of Newlyn to the right.
Amongst the many seagulls flying overhead pass the awe inspiring helicopters, which can be seen at close quarters making their regular journeys over to Scilly. Just on the corner is the stunning Jubilee Pool Penzance Cornwall, an excellent example of a 1930s Lido and one of a few still in use. Just looking at it takes you back to the times of Poirot, you can almost see him perching neatly on a white handkerchief at the edge. Stop off at the Jubilee Pool for a swim or relax if you wish (open from the end of May until early September), I recently spent a very enjoyable afternoon here relaxing in the sun and bathing in the pool, although beware it is filled by the Cornish sea so is slightly on the chilly side! When I was there wetsuits and rash-vets were allowed for the not so brave. It is a large pool and excellent for a good swim or a great place for children to play whilst you relax at the side and even enjoy a coffee or snack from the poolside cafe.
Along the promenade and around the harbour are plenty of places for refreshments. Across the road is a row of traditional old cottages where in the higher seas waves have been known to crash right over their roofs, look out for the beautiful dolphin fountain in one of the gardens. The famous painting 'The Rain it Raineth Every Day' by Normwan Garstinby, of a lady struggling in the rain with an umbrella is set at the bottom of Penzance promenade (which is now owned and can be seen when displayed at the Penlee Gallery and Museum Penzance Cornwall- well worth a visit if you are an art or history lover and free to enter on a Saturday, reasonable charge on other days).
The Queens Hotel stands at the end of the road still looking splendid and sharing memories of past decades of happy holiday times. You will then pass the excellent children's play ground, a fun place (and free!) to stop off with children, there are lots of imaginative things to play on and climb, a small picnic area, toilets and benches. Behind the playground are Tennis Courts and further along the sea front a free skate park and a bowling green. Carry along the front to or retrace your steps and take one of the many winding roads or paths up to the market town centre.
My favourite route to the town is along the road leading past St Mary's Church Penzance and onto Chapel Street, which starts just opposite the pool. Please not this hill is quite steep. Gallery lovers can take a peak at the ultra modern PZ Gallery before making their way up the quite steep hill, past St Mary's Church, whose gardens are worth a detour and along past the many individual shops, pubs and galleries. You will pass the Egyptian House, chocolate house and my favourite shop Kitts Boutique which takes you back in time specialising in collectable clothes and costume jewellery from various decades of the 1900s.
The road then takes you directly onto Market Jew Street Penzance and into the main shopping centre of Penzance, where you will find all the regular high street shops such as Boots, Superdrug, W H Smiths, The Works and Jessops, together with many individual and bespoke shops, galleries and places to eat. The Wharf Shopping Centre is found at the bottom of the main street Market Jew Street where New Look, Thorntons and Game are a few of the shops to be found alongside individual stalls. If you walk through here and down the steps you will find yourself back where you started, opposite the car park and near the train station.
For those wanting to go in the other direction and towards Marazion there is a scenic bike track and footpath almost all of the way. From the main car park head towards the corner and the bus station and find the path running near the train line and along the coast. I do not think there are refreshments along the way, but plenty of pubs and cafes awaits you at Marazion.
There is much more to Penzance than many people think and it is well worth a visit to the places mentioned, I am sure if you wander you will find more.