Staycation Series: The Magic of Penzance

There are so many reasons we love Cornwall - the stunning beaches, dramatic coastline, quaint villages, and of course cream teas and pasties! With so many great things to enjoy, we wanted to highlight our favourite spots in the area of Penzance and beyond, from where to eat and drink, our favourite beach and the best spots to entertain every member of the family! ❤️⁠

Stay: Artist’s Residence Penzance.

This is perfect if you’re someone who appreciates a boutique stay with a bit more style. It’s perfectly located for all the places on our list, and is only a short walk from the seafront, train station and a selection of restaurants and bars. Local art and reclaimed furniture take over the rooms and community spaces. There are a variety of rooms to choose from depending on your style and budget, but you can’t go wrong.

They offer dog friendly rooms if you’re planning to bring your pooch; just be aware that some beaches in Cornwall aren’t dog friendly during the peak Summer months.

Eat+Drink: The Clubhouse at the hotel. If nothing else, make sure to try the breakfast. I would recommend booking any meals you want to have there well in advance as Penzance is quite small so restaurants get booked quickly. You can also go straight to the bar in the opposite room to the restaurant; it’s cozy and intimate and you can crawl straight up to your room afterwards.

Eat + Drink: The Tolcarne Inn

This picturesque pub is only a 20 minute walk down the Southwest Coast Path into Newlyn, and the food is fantastic. As do most of the best restaurants in Cornwall, the chef features daily dishes from the harbour. If you’re a vegetarian like me, don’t be put off when you look at the sample menu. They will happily adapt recipes for kids and any dietary requirements. Closed on Mondays.

Visit: Minack Theatre

I wouldn’t avoid this even if theatre isn’t your thing. The views and beautiful plant life you’ll see as you wander around the site are enough to blow you away. If you have young kids, they offer amazing storytelling shows you can pre-book. Dogs are welcome during visiting hours, but aren’t allowed if you book a performance.

Visit: Porthcurno Beach

You’ll forget you’re in England when you see Porthcurno’s crystal clear water and beautiful golden sand, and the backdrop of the Minack Theatre makes this beach a must-see on your visit to Cornwall. There’s a stream running down the side of the beach, making it a great beach to paddle in for kids, but it does get very busy so arrive early. Be aware dogs aren’t allowed here during the peak Summer months. Combine Porthcurno Beach and a tour of the Minack Theatre for a full day out.

Visit: Trebah Gardens

Just when you think there’s no way the scenery can beat that of the Minack Theatre, you visit Trebah Gardens and feel once again like you’re in a different country. With its various areas of interest, this is easily a full day out. It even has its own beautiful private beach at the bottom of the garden. This is a subtropical paradise you don’t want to miss.

Bringing kids? Trebah has 3 fantastic wooden play areas designed by age group.

Bringing the pooch? Dogs are allowed year-round.

Happy exploring! We can't wait for our next trip back:)

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