Hop on the train anywhere in the UK and the end of the line is Penzance. This town in West Cornwall is frequently explored for a number of reasons; the surrounding beaches, the famous Jubilee Pool and sometimes the Mazey Day celebrations! On this occasion, we headed to the most Westerly town in Cornwall to explore the boutique shops, cute cafes and make the most of some Autumn sunshine.
Penzance itself isn’t beach fronted but a short walk to Marion will soon sort that out. Penzance does however have a water fronted promenade and a harbour to enjoy the boats and fishermen.
One of my favourite streets to explore in Penzance is the beautiful Chapel Street, full of boutique stores, historic buildings and beautiful cosy cottages.
Penzance’s very own Egyptian House, this building is incredible, it’s designed from Egyptian Revival architecture and has been in the ownership of the Landmark Trust since the 1970s. The current building dates from 1835–36.
Wander your way through the streets and towards the coastline, you’ll soon find yourself at the beautiful Jubilee Pool and if you’re lucky enough, book in to enjoy the warm natural waters! Jubilee Pool is the UK’s largest Art Deco lido, the pool is split into three sections with the natural sea temperature pool, the geothermal pool and the learners pool. The geo thermal pool is naturally heated salt water heated to 35 degrees – I feel warm and cosy just thinking about it!
One of my favourite independent shops in Penzance is the beautiful No.56, a collection of hand made and crafted homewares from stationery to dried flowers and woven baskets.
We are lucky enough to have our very own Artist Residence in Penzance in the form of the Clubhouse (formally Cornish Barn). I’ve visited here a few times to eat and have written about it here.
Penzance is well worth a days exploring and indulge in the wonderful food scene down here. Be sure to also wander along the beach to Marazion to enjoy the incredible St Michaels Mount and a short drive in the opposite direction to both Newlyn and Mousehole.