When you think of Penzance, pirates are probably the first thing that springs to mind.
That’s down to Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera, The Pirates of Penzance. It’s not just a catchy musical title though; pirates really did set sail from – and live around – this picturesque Cornish town, and smuggling was rife. Henry VIII knew how important Penzance’s position was when he granted the fishermen the right to keep their harbour dues (more tax for the king); the port grew and the town thrived.
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Apart from the pirates, Penzance is famous for its rugged and beautiful coastline and its picture postcard buildings. People visit from across the globe just to experience this slice of Cornwall. With ancient sites (such as the weird and wonderful stones of the Merry Maidens) and historical monuments (including The Madron Well and The Egyptian House) those who love delving into the past will be more than happy. If you prefer to enjoy the here and now, why not follow the extensive South West Coastal Path that runs from Penzance to Marazion, or visit the beautiful Tanglewood Wild Garden?
The children won’t be left out on a trip to Penzance either; they can Sennen Cove or Pothcurno Beath with their clear rock pools; there are exciting adventures to be had.
Ferries from Penzance
|Penzance St Mary's||7 weekly||2¾ hours||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
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Penzance Terminal, Penzance, TR18 2GB, United Kingdom
The pier in Penzance is located on the eastern tip of the town where The Quay and Battery Road intersect. The town is easily accessible from the A30 which runs all the way to Exeter where it joins the M5.
The A394 spurs off the A30 and heads through Helston and Penryn where it briefly becomes the A39. At Truro the A39 just off to join the A30 while the A390 heads towards St Austell. At Dobwalls near Liskeard it joins the A38. This joins the A30 in a westerly direction while to the east it runs to Plymouth. It's ultimate destination is Exeter as well, joining up with the M5 motorway.
There is no parking available at the port but Cornwall Council operate car parks at the nearby Harbour and at St Anthony's Gardens. Both of these are around a five minute walk from the quay and are ideal for day trips to the Isles of Scilly.
When I last checked in May 2016 the costs were £6 for up to 24 hours of parking at Harbour, or £5.60 for up to 24 hours of parking at St Anthony's Gardens.
Secure long term parking for longer breaks is also available to book here.
Getting there by coach
National Express run services that stop at the town's Bus Station.
Route 315 runs between Penzance and Eastbourne, connecting Falmouth, Truro, St Austell, Newquay, Bodmin, Plymouth, Exeter, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, and Brighton.
Route 500 is the coach link between Penzance and London, with calls to Truro, St Austell, Newquay, Plymouth, and Heathrow Airport along the way.
Line 324 connects West Yorkshire with the South West with a service that links Huddersfield to Penzance through Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Torquay, Plymouth, Newquay, Falmouth and St Ives.
Getting there by train
Penzance railway station is the nearest option for foot passengers arriving by train. It's a relatively short walk from the station to the pier.
A small number of services run between here and Plymouth and Bristol Parkway. The journey takes up to 6½ hours from Cardiff, around 6 hours from Birmingham, just over 5½ from London, and up to 11½ hours from Edinburgh. Plan your journey here.