Located in the far west of Cornwall, Penzance is a small market town famed for its Regency architecture and is an excellent base for exploring the wider Penwith region. Penzance hotels are well served by road and there are multiple trains each day from London, Bristol and Birmingham, as well as several other major cities. Arguably the best way to reach Penzance from London is via The Night Riviera train from Paddington Station. The town's main attraction, besides its charming bay, is the Penlee House Gallery and Museum. St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island, is also located close by and makes for an excellent visit at low tide.
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Penlee House Gallery and Museum has a wonderful collection with an emphasis on Newlyn School artists as well a local history and is a pleasant place to spend the morning while educating yourself about the area. Chapel Street is a main thoroughfare in Penzance and has plenty of charming 18th-century shops where you can browse for trinkets or stop for a coffee and a cake. Two of the town's most popular and characterful pubs, the Admiral Benbow and the Turk's Head, are also located on Chapel Street. Just around the corner is The Exchange, another attraction well worth visiting when you book a hotel in Penzance. This contemporary gallery punches above its weight considering the size of the town with works from both national and international artists.
Between the centre of town and the seafront you'll find three acres of splendid outdoor space. Morrab Gardens houses a range of mainly exotic shrubbery and flora including banana trees, palm trees and the Japanese Bitter Orange. Penzance hotels also make an excellent base for visiting the Scilly Isles. The boat service operates between March and November and is well worth the two-hour journey time.
Penzance's small town centre is best explored on foot, without the need for public transportation. Hotels east of the A30 ring road are just a 20-minute walk from the beach and provide easy access to the major sights and attractions. Centrally located Penzance hotel are also an excellent base for exploring the wider Cornish region. The town is a mere 10 miles from Land's End, the most southerly point in the United Kingdom and 8 miles to the south of the charming town of St Ives.
Four miles to the west of Penzance is the Penwith Heritage Coast, a much-admired nature reserve on the Cornish peninsula famed for its excellent beaches and craggy coastline. For those who would like accommodation in a more secluded location outside the town centre, hotels in a southerly direction towards Newlyn and Trungle provide a picturesque and peaceful setting.