Frequently voted the U.K’s best seaside town, this attractive fishing harbour is what many conjure up when thinking of Cornwall. With its array of golden sandy beaches, winding cobbled streets and world-famous art galleries including The Tate and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Carbis Bay and Lelant are quiet residential communities further along the horseshoe bay of St Ives. Benefitting from close proximity to St Ives but without the bustle, its branch line train service winds through stunning coastal scenery.
Located along the south-facing shores of Mount’s Bay, Penzance is the last stop on the Great Western train line from London and the most westerly major town in Cornwall. The castle-topped tidal island of St Michael’s Mount dominates the view out to sea. Penzance is also home to the U.K’s largest and most celebrated art deco seawater lido.
Newlyn is the largest fishing port in Cornwall and a 5 minute drive from Penzance. Newlyn became prominent in the late 19th century for its local artists’ colony. Newlyn Art Gallery currently houses a modern art collection and the town also has one of the best independent cinema in Cornwall.
Mousehole is a picturesque fishing village within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mousehole hosts a vibrant array of festivals and community activities, including Tom Bowcock’s Eve (23rd December) and is known for its colourful Christmas decorations.
Marazion is a vibrant town linking St Michael’s Mount to the mainland via a causeway at low tide. St Michael’s Mount is managed by the National Trust and is the Cornish counterpoint to Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy.
St Just, Sennen, St Buryan St Just is the most westerly town in mainland Britain. Some of Cornwall’s most important copper and tin mining heritage sites are located nearby at Geevor and Botallack, used as filming locations for the BBC drama series Poldark. Significant Stone Age monuments are dotted around the peninsula including The Merry Maidens and Lanyon Quoit.
West Cornwall is reached by road along the A30 (4h 45m from London) or by train 5h 30m (London Paddington) Penzance is also the mainland gateway to the Isles of Scilly which can be reached by helicopter (15 mins), or Scillonian ferry (2h 45m).
Scillonian ferry. https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/scillonian-iii/
Penzance Helicopters. https://penzancehelicopters.co.uk