Public transport in Cornwall: www.transportforcornwall.co.uk
Penzance is the most westerly town (and station) in England, it is a popular seaside resort with views across Mount's Bay to St Michael's Mount. The Tourist Information Centre and Bus Station are conveniently adjacent to the Rail Station. Penzance PlusBus tickets are valid within the local urban area, including buses to the fishing port of Newlyn and the attractive fishing villages of Mousehole (pronounced 'Mowzel') and Marazion (for St Michael's Mount, see below).
TI Station Approach. Tel. 01736 335530.
The Gallery has many paintings by members of the Newlyn School, artists who were
attracted to nearby Newlyn from about 1880. The Museum collections cover archaeology,
costume and textiles, decorative arts, historic photographs and social history including
the local industries of fishing, farming, mining and tourism. Café.
Open M-S 1000-1630.
25 acres with exotic plants, many brought here when plant-hunting was at its
height in the 1920s. Magnolias, rhododendrons and subtropical species from around
the world. Walled gardens. Stream. Sea views across Mount's Bay. Tearoom.
Open mid Feb-Oct, MTWThSu 1000-1700.
Bus 'Tin Coaster' from Bus Station to entrance, shortly after Heamoor, watch for gate lodges and NT sign at the drive entrance, ahead at a bend and road junction. 12-19 minutes journey, Daily, hourly. Penzance PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.
The only Cornish beam engine still in steam on its original mine site.
The small engine house is perched on the edge of cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Light refreshments. Easy clifftop walks along the South West Coast Path.
Open Mar-Oct, MTWThSu for guided tour (see website).
Bus 'Tin Coaster' from Bus Station to Levant Road (shortly after Carnyorth, there is no marked bus stop, watch for NT sign), then 1 mile walk along Levant Road to the coast. 35-40 minutes journey, Daily, hourly. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.
Levant Mine is about ½ mile along the coast path from Geevor Tin Mine (see below).
Operational between 1911 and 1990, the mine is now a museum with a great deal to
see including mine buildings, heavy machinery, displays of mining tools, social history
of the miners and minerals gallery. Guided underground tours of the mine. Cafe.
Easy clifftop walks along the South West Coast Path.
Open MTWThSu 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Mar), see website for tour times.
Bus as for Levant Mine and Beam Engine above, but to bus stop at Geevor Tin Mine entrance, on the left shortly after Levant Road (for Levant Mine). Then ¼ mile walk along entrance road.
Geevor Tin Mine is about ½ mile along the coast path from Levant Mine (see above).
A 15 acre garden originally planted in the 19th century. Informal paths lead visitors around
the camellias, magnolias, tree ferns and many other trees and shrubs of interest. Tearoom.
Open Mar-mid Sep, Daily 1030-1730, last admission 1630.
Bus 8 from Bus Station to opposite the entrance (shortly after crossroads with B3315/B3317). There are no marked bus stops, wait at entrance drive for the return bus. 7 minutes journey, M-S every 2-3 hours. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.
The woods, stream and dramatic views out to sea and St Michael's Mount
provide the setting for exotic and sub-tropical planting with contemporary art installations. Cafe.
Open Daily 1030-1630.
Bus 16 from Bus Station to entrance on left shortly after Gulval (watch for sign, there's no marked stop), 15 minutes journey. M-S hourly. Penzance PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.
The most westerly point of England and a popular tourist destination.
Heritage trail, RSPB Discovery Centre (open Apr-Sep) overlooking coast and sea.
Shops and various attractions for children. Restaurant and Inn.
Open Visitor Centre Daily 1000-1600, see website for attractions.
Bus LEC (Lands End Coaster) from Bus Station to Lands End, journey time at least 50 minutes, Daily, hourly in summer otherwise about every 2 hours. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.
A small seaside town with a sandy beach. At low tide you can walk across the causeway to St Michael's Mount.
A small museum of local history on the ground floor of the Town Hall.
Open M-F 1030-1630.
Bus as Marazion above.
An iconic rocky island, crowned by a medieval church and castle. It is home to the St Aubyn family
and a small community of islanders. It is a steep climb to the castle up an uneven pathway but there are
spectacular views of Mount's Bay and the Lizard from the battlements. Subtropical terraced garden.
Café and restaurant. At low tides you can walk the causeway to the island, for times see
www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk. At high tides boats
operate for a small fee.
Open please see website, visits must be booked.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stmichaelsmount | www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
Bus as Marazion above, then ½ mile walk across causeway.
The reserve has Cornwall's largest reedbed attracting many birds including bitterns in the winter.
The reserve can be seen from the coast road but there is an entrance off Green Lane, Marazion.
Open at all times.
Bus as Marazion above but alight at the stop immediately after the bridge over the railway (about 8 minutes journey) to view from the road or continue to Green Lane, Marazion for the reserve entrance.