1. Jubilee Pool
Cornwall’s celebrated Art Deco lido enables hardy swimmers to bathe safely in a saltwater pool year round. In addition to regular fitness classes, family-friendly activities, and an annual dog day where furry friends are invited to join all the fun, the Jubilee Pool now has its very own geothermal area that heats a section of the pool up to a balmy 35 degrees Celsius – the first facility of its kind in the country. Why fly all the way to Iceland when you can pop down to Penzance?
2. Incredible sunrises
If you’ve never seen the sun rising across the bay toward St. Michael’s Mount in all its orange glory, you’re missing out on one of the most incredible views in Cornwall. Whether you’re a photographer, artist, or early morning walker with an appreciation for nature, Penzance has some fabulous scenery to offer.
3. Reasonable property prices
Unlike some of the more gentrified towns in Cornwall with their celebrity chefs and gastropubs, Penzance remains one of the more affordable places to live in the county. With an average house price of around £250,000, you can get more for your money here – including some of the finest Georgian houses in coastal Cornwall (known in Penzance as ‘gentleman’s residences’).
4. Quirky high street shops
Despite taking an economic hit during the 2008 recession, Penzance has managed to hang onto its unique selection of independent shops that give the town a bohemian charm. Chapel Street has an eclectic range of antique dealers, art galleries, and eco-friendly beauty brands that mix well with the historic pubs, hotels, and restaurants. History lovers will appreciate that the town’s oldest pub (the Turk’s Head) is said to date back to 1233 and once featured a smugglers’ tunnel running to the harbour.
5. Excellent transportation links
In addition to being on the main GWR line to London Paddington (the full journey from Penzance takes 5 hours on the most direct trains), Penzance is situated on the A30 for easy motorway access and is in an excellent location for exploring the west of Cornwall. St. Michael’s Mount is just a 5-minute drive away, St. Ives is a 20-minute drive north, and the Minack Theatre and beautiful beach of Porthcurno (which is often mistaken for the Australian coast in photos) is a 20-minute drive south.
If you are interested in seeing one of our Penzance properties, contact Lillicrap Chilcott today to arrange a viewing. One of our friendly team members will be happy to answer any of your questions.