The old market town of Penzance is sheltered in the Mount’s Bay area, which leads out into the English Channel. Mount’s Bay stretches from Land’s End to Lizard Point, and has some of the finest beaches in the UK. As with the rest of West Cornwall, Penzance benefits from better weather on average than the rest of the UK, making it the perfect place to take a self-catering holiday without going abroad.
The town has plenty of interesting and individual shops, run by locals, as well as pubs, cafes and restaurants. For art lovers there are galleries featuring local artists work, and for those who enjoy museums, the town has a few, including Penlee House, covering West Cornwall’s archaeology and history. Penzance is connected with the rest of Cornwall via a good road and rail network, making it easy to see all that West Cornwall has to offer.
Across Mount’s Bay is the beautiful St Michael’s Mount, where visitors can take a tour the historic castle, featuring displays of relics such as armour and a variety of antiques. Outside visitors can enjoy the large sub tropical garden, which is particularly nice during the summer. The Mount also hosts the National Trust Sail Loft Restaurant, as well as a cafe, and island shop.