a station-by-station guide for tourist attractions


National Rail | station code PNZ

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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. Morrab Gardens are a public park with Mediterranean and sub-tropical plants. The Bus Station is 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).

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The Exchange Art Gallery ¼ mile

The Gallery has a varied exhibition programme presenting contemporary work in all media.
Open TWThFS 1000-1700. Closed Jan.

Penlee House Gallery and Museum 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.
Open M-S 1000-1630.

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.
Open mid Feb-Oct, MTWThSu 1000-1700.
Bus 17 from Bus Station to opposite entrance (shortly after Heamoor), 10 minutes journey (some Sun & BH journeys via Madron take a bit longer). Daily, about hourly. Penzance PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.

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.
Open MTWThSu 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Mar), see website for tour times.
Bus 17 from Bus Station to Geevor Tin Mine entrance, then ¼ mile walk along entrance road. Daily, about hourly, about 35 minutes journey. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.

Levant Mine and Beam Engine NT by bus

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 for booked guided tours, see website.
Bus as for Geevor Tin Mine above then about ½ mile along the coast path.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

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 (also LEC) from Bus Station to Marazion Square, 12 minutes journey, Daily, hourly. Penzance PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.

Marazion Museum 3 miles or by bus

A small museum of local history on the ground floor of the Town Hall.
Open M-F 1030-1630.
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.
Open visits must be booked, see website. |
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.
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.

Marazion map

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