Penzance is a small market town in the county of Cornwall, South West England. Located some 75 miles away from Plymouth in neighbouring Devon, Penzance is home to around 30,000 people of varying ages. Retirees from all over the UK call Penzance home, while younger locals are changing the face of the town. This charming town is a popular tourist destination, particularly during the summer months, boasting a number of grand buildings built in typical Georgian style, along with an expansive pier facing out onto the English Channel. Its location near Land’s End makes it perfect for seeing sights which are rare elsewhere in the UK.
A hatchback will be the most appropriate type of vehicle when visiting Penzance, as it will cope well with the roads in and around the town and be sufficiently comfortable and spacious for travelling to the airport.
Driving in Penzance
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Important things to note
Parking in Penzance shouldn’t pose too problematic due to the provision of various car parks around the town. Long stay parking for those heading across to the Isles of Scilly is also readily available.
The A30 is Penzance’s nearest main road and connects the town to the rest of Cornwall and further afield.
To get to Land’s End, continue along the A30, which can get a bit twisty in places heading further west.
Highlights & Hotspots
In June each year, Penzance hosts a festival in celebration of Midsummer. Known as the Golowan Festival, the event sees the town come to life, with members of the local community participating in a series of processions along decorated streets. Visitors arrive in their thousands to attend this event which has come to be recognised as a symbol of the town.
For those with an adventurous side, why not have a go at ‘coasteering’ while visiting Penzance. This extreme yet exhilarating sport involves climbing, scrambling, jumping and swimming along the magnificent coastline and allows you to experience stunning areas that are otherwise inaccessible. The activity is of course led by experienced instructors, who are able to cater the session to your own individual ab
One of the reasons that Penzance is a popular tourist destination is due to it being a convenient hub for visiting other places in the surrounding area. Hop on a ferry for day trip to the Isles of Scilly or head to the pleasant Sennen beach, 9 miles away from Penzance, for a stroll along the seafront or a dip in the sea.
Newquay Airport is the closest airport to Penzance, located approximately 40 miles away. Direct internal flights to London, Stansted and Gatwick are readily available, along with an increasing number of those to European destinations.
Newquay Airport is best reached by car from Penzance via the A30. For going to the Isles of Scilly, Land‚Äôs End Airport is just a few miles west of the town along the B3306.