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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.

Holiday Cottages in Cornwall

If you plan to book a self-catering cottage in the countryside or a small village check the location carefully and remember to plan your grocery shopping.

Cornwall Cornwall National Trust Holidays

Penlee House Gallery and Museum Morrab Road, ½ mile

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. Tel. 01736 363625.
Open M-S 1000-1700 (closes 1630 Oct-Mar).

Penzance map

Trengwainton Garden NT by bus

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. Tel. 01736 363148.
Open mid Feb-Oct, MTWThSu 1030-1700.
Bus A17 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, M-S hourly, Sun & BH 2-hourly. Penzance PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by First.

Stay on the Trengwainton Estate: National Trust Holiday Cottage.

Levant Mine and Beam Engine NT by bus then 1 mile

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. Tel. 01736 786156.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily 1030-1700.
Bus A17 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, M-S hourly, Sun & BH 2-hourly. Operated by First.
Levant Mine is about ½ mile along coast path from Geevor Tin Mine (see below).

Geevor Tin Mine by bus

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. Tel. 01736 788662.
Open M-F & Sun 0900-1700 (1600 Nov-Mar).
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 coast path from Levant Mine (see above).

Trewidden Garden by bus

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. Tel. 01736 363021.
Open Mar-mid Sep, Daily 1030-1730, last admission 1630.
Bus 409 from Bus Station to entrance (on right, shortly after crossroads with B3315/B3317). There are no marked bus stops, wait at entrance drive for return bus (there is no path along this part of the A30). 7 minutes journey, M-S only, every 2-3 hours. Operated by Travel Cornwall.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens by bus

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. Tel. 01736 448089.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1000-1700.
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 only, every 1-2 hours. Penzance PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by First.

Land's End Attractions and Visitor Centre by bus

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. Tel. 0871 720 0044.
Open Visitor Centre open daily 1000-1600.
Bus A1 from Bus Station to Lands End, about 55 minutes journey, Daily about every 2 hours. Operated by First.

Marazion 3 miles or by bus

A small seaside town with a sandy beach. At low tide you can walk across the causeway to St Michael's Mount.

Bus U4 from Bus Station to Marazion Square, 10 minutes journey, M-S hourly, Sun & BH 2-hourly. Penzance PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by First.

Marazion Museum 3 miles or by bus

A small museum of local history on the ground floor of the Town Hall. Tel. 01736 719411.
Open May-Sep, M-F 1000-1600.
Bus as Marazion above.

St Michael's Mount NT Marazion, 3½ miles or by bus then ½ mile

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 At high tides boats operate for a small fee. Tel. 01736 710265.
Open Castle Apr-Oct M-F & Sun 1030-1700. Garden May-Sep ThF (also MTW in May/Jun) 1030-1700. |
Bus as Marazion above, then ½ mile walk across causeway.

Marazion Marsh Nature Reserve RSPB 2½ miles or by bus

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. Tel. 01736 360624.
Open at all times.
Bus as Marazion above but alight at the stop immediately after the bridge over the railway (about 7 minutes journey) to view from the road or continue to Green Lane, Marazion for the reserve entrance.

Marazion map

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