Penzance is a town at the end of the railway line in Cornwall and is a popular destination for train travellers including interrail pass holders. The town is quite quaint with many independent shops lining its streets as well as markets selling local produce.
Penzance is a port town located in the sheltered Mount’s Bay the home of St Michael’s Mount. The port and marina area is fascinating to visit and a great walk to get the full-on Cornwall vibe.
Trains & Intterrail
The town is a popular destination for train travel and is the last stop on the line through the west country. The line from Exeter to Penzance passes through some stunning scenery including the coast between Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth. The train goes via Plymouth then crosses the river Tamar into Cornwall.
There are many trains each day that come to the railway station and is possible to get direct trains from major cities like Bristol, Exeter and London. Interrail travellers from overseas are attracted to Cornwall due to the stunning coast and many legends. Penzance is a great basecamp for a few days stay with local trains and bus services to major sites and villages.
Where to Stay?
Penzance has many options for bed and breakfast accommodation, hotels and some self-catering options. For budget travellers, there are cheaper options such as hostels as well as AIRBNB.
There are many eateries in the town centre, some overlooking the sea that serve delicious locally sourced food.
What To See?
The town has a port and harbour that is a special place to sit or wander through. The skyline above the harbour is dominated by the church of St Mary’s which dates back to 1548.
Further up the coast is Newlyn Fishing harbour, this date back to the 15th Century and is very active in the fishing industry. Newlyn has a fish market, a festival of fish as well as many restaurants that serve freshly caught seafood.
The Jubilee Pool is outdoors and ice-cold especially towards the beginning and end of the season. The pool has plenty of seating areas where you can lie down and catch some rays of chill out. There are refreshment facilities as well as a changing room.
The Jubilee Pool was built in 1935, the year of George V’s silver jubilee, hence the name. This was designed and build in a unique art deco style and in a triangle shape.
St Michael’s Mount
The local coastline is great and as a backdrop is the ever-present St Michaels Mount located just up the coast in Marazion. St Micheals Mount is an island that is accessible via a walkway to get to the mount, you y at low tide, this is a very interesting tourist attraction. can either walk along the coast for over an hour or catch one of the local buses.