Things to see and do during your visit in the Penzance area

West Cornwall is a land of beauty, drama, pre-historic sites, top surfing spots, sandy beaches, fabulous gardens and mile upon mile of cliff walks. Add in the cultural magnets of Tate St Ives, the Penlee Art Gallery in Penzance and the open-air Minack Theatre and you have some compelling reasons to visit. 

An historic, chartered town, Marazion today is a lively place with safe, sandy beaches lapped by the clear turquoise waters of Mounts Bay. It has an active community and a plethora of cafes, pubs and art galleries, as well as a local store, post office and deli. Marazion Museum in the Town Hall houses a fascinating exhibition of domestic and working life in the town as well as a unique display devoted to HMS Warspite. Alternatively, take Marazion's Town Trail and spend an hour exploring the town and discovering its unique history on the mainland. It's available as a printed booklet from local shops, Marazion Museum and as a Kindle eBook. The South West Coastal Path runs through the town and the RSPB nature reserve is home to Cornwall’s largest reed bed and an abundance of plants and birds. Find out more about Marazion here.

If you want to plan a few day trips, the Isles of Scilly could be one idea either from Land’s End Airport or Penzance docks. Visit the local Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, the beautiful and historic Minack Theatre or the fascinating Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, the hub of international cable communications from 1870-1970.

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