………At the very tip of England thrusting out like a finger into the Atlantic the Far West of Cornwall can seem a journey of epic proportions……
…..but actually it is amazingly well served……..
Practical pointers on getting here
By road – is simple, unless you are meandering along the south coast, you will come straight into Penzance on the A30 from Exeter, a good fast road that forms the backbone to Cornwall. Click here for routes
By train – we are amazingly lucky – Penzance is the only seaside resort in Cornwall on a direct rail line– so the journey is frequent and easy. We even have a wonderful sleeper train – the quaintly named Cornish Riveria express – which leaves London late each night and brings you into Penzance for an early morning stroll down the seafront and breakfast. Click here for train tips.
By Air – Newquay is our nearest airport – but is mainly domestic flights or connections with Heathrow, Gatwick etc. For European flights Bristol is next best the most convenient and for long haul its mainly Heathrow or Gatwick. Heathrow if you have a choice. Click for routes to us.
By Sea – Amazingly for a county surrounded by water on three sides we have no international ferries into Cornwall. The nearest is Plymouth which serves France (Roscoff) or Spain (Santander). So the likelihood is you will arrive at one of the south east seaports – Dover, Folkstone,Portsmouth Weymouth. For travel down to us click on your prefered method – road or train.
Getting Around in Penzance
Sitting sheltered in the arms of beautiful Mounts Bay, Penzance is ancient coinage town with a long curving seaside promenade. Mainly Georgian, Regency and Edwardian, the town is alive with craft shops and art galleries. Little cobbled alleys lead to hidden Georgian Squares – an Art Deco open air pool juts out into the sea and everywhere there are spectacular sea vistas.
Spreading gently over the surrounding hills, the town is easy to negotiate – in half an hour you can walk from one side to the other.
A couple of miles stroll along the coastal path brings you to the unforgetable St Michaels Mount in one direction, or Newlyn’s bustling fishing harbour and Mousehole’s chocolate box beauty in the other – or head into the hinterland of the wild unspoiled Penwith Moors and the wonderfully named Ding-Dong Mine.
Local buses and trains – The bus and train station are located together, about 15 minutes walk along the seafront, and Penzance is the terminus for both. Buses go all over the peninsula. There is a great open top bus service, (the 300), which meanders in a circle all around the peninsular, from here to Lands End, around to St Ives and back in a loop to us. You buy one ticket and just hop on and off as the mood takes.
Local trains go to St Ives, Truro, Falmouth or The Eden Project. Indeed the little local St Ives train is a joy in itself, taking you along the coast past stunning beaches.
Car hire – One of the really good things about Penzance – and unusual in Cornwall – is that a car isn’t vital. But if you like the freedom of your own transport or are planning on ferreting out remote beaches then a car can be a boon. There are a couple of the international hire companies here in town but the little local firm we use are Tuckers. Click here for Car Hire companies.
Cycle Hire – bicycles are a great idea …. The Summer House is right on the National Cycle Path, which hugs our coastline taking you where the roads don’t ….. Health with a view……… Click here for cycle hire companies and routes
Shank’s Pony – a good pair of feet – there are very few people here who don’t own a good pair of walking boots and truly walking is one of the great joys of West Cornwall. This little tiny corner of the country offers miles and miles of marked paths, with every headland laying out a new vista pristine beaches and majestic cliffs.
If we’ve whetted your appetite take a look at our interactive map of nearby attractions