While Penzance and West Penwith has art galleries, restaurants, museums, rich human history and culture galore, its chief appeal must surely lie in the glories of its landscape and incomparable coast.

All four seasons present their own special charms: spring, when the days lengthen, the gorse is ablaze and the daffodils nod; summer, when the sea calms and Cornwall welcomes holiday makers from all over the world; autumn, often mellow with blue skies and burnished bracken; and winter when the gales frequently roar, sending salt spray far inland and onlookers gather to watch the fury of the sea.

A variety of independent outdoor activity providers will help you get the most out of the natural wonders of this part of the world, as well as sharing with you our unique history and prehistory. Whether you want a guided tour of Penwith’s prehistoric sites, a wildlife watching sailing trip to encounter seals and dolphins, a surfing or stand up paddle board lesson, or a shared walk around Penzance to delve into its history as a port and market town, there are lots of activities for you to choose from.

Penzance Bike Hire

And guided tours both walking and cycling



Explore the mystical and historical sites of West Penwith, the mining heritage and Poldark country along with so much more.  Tours can also be tailored to your interests as well.

All tours are 4 hours long and run in the afternoon from either 12.30 or 1pm.

For further information contact Steve on 07764225535 or e mail on the above address.

Western Discoveries

Find your Perfect Walk in Cornwall with Western Discoveries Walking Holidays

Category A (6-9 miles/ 11-16 km per day) – more time to enjoy the views and to spend time exploring the towns and villages.

Explore in Cornwall

Discover Cornwall’s extraordinary wildlife  and heritage  walking with one of Cornwall’s leading naturalists and heritage experts.

With Explore in Cornwall, you’ll experience the iconic wildlife, ancient landscapes and hidden wonders you won’t find in the guide books and discover Poldark’s wild side.

We operate all year round and across Cornwall.

  • Spend time discovering the prolific wildlife and heritage of Cornwall, guided by a qualified Mountain Leader.
  • Walk breathtaking cliff top coastal paths, discover secret coves, trek into secluded valleys and explore the wild moors.
  • Choose to join a selection of carefully researched walks that we offer, half or whole days in length, or have your own tailor made day and a wildlife  or heritage experience that leaves lasting memories.
  • Develop your own outdoor skills and navigation techniques by booking some training.
  • Discover the real stories and locations behind Poldark’s Cornwall and the iconic mining history.

Guided Walking Tours of Penzance

We stroll along the front, up our famous Chapel St and finish at the top of town.
Drop on tours Tuesdays & Thursdays (March – October)
Meet at 10:30 outside the train station (no booking required)

Literature Tours
Bespoke Tours
I am available for tours anytime

Tours last a Cornish hour and I tell you about the history, legends and pirates
Lot of pictures of bygone days
Don’t hesitate to contact me


Marine Discovery Penzance

Come on a trip of a lifetime round the coast of beautiful West Cornwall aboard our sailing catamaran Shearwater II. Marine Discovery Penzance operate the only genuinely environmentally friendly wildlife watching trips in the South West. Your voyage will take you amongst the granite cliffs and coves and turquoise waters of the Land’s End peninsula in search of the wonderful marine wildlife which can be found here – this could include diving gannets, pods of dolphins swimming alongside the boat, shy little porpoises, curious grey seals and awe-inspiring basking sharks. We’ll also take in famous landmarks such as the fabled St Michael’s Mount and the unique Minack Theatre.

For details of trips, prices and wildlife sightings visit

Call Hannah or Duncan on 07749 277110 or email to book




BOOK Penzance

Accommodation in Penzance – Created by local owners to give you the best value

If you’re looking for a corporate hotel chain, you won’t find it on this website. Instead, you’ll find privately owned, family run and friendly B&Bs, hotels and self-catering Penzance accommodation, and it’s the best place to make your booking: direct with the provider for the best experience.

Elmsdale 01736 331734 – Bay Lodge 01736 351090 – Blueseas 01736 364744 – Castallack Farm & Cottages 01736 731969 – Chy-An-Mor 01736 363441 – easyPz backpackers 01736 368136 – Glencree Guesthouse 01736 362026 – Holbein House 01736 33654 – Keigwin House 01736 363930 – Panorama Guest House 01736 360798 – Rosalie Guest House and Annexe 01736 351202 – The Lugger Hotel 01736 363236 – Lynwood Guest House 01736 365871 – The Old Pilchard Works 01736 732699 – Pendennis Guest House 01736 363823 – Tremont Guest House 01736 362614 – Torwood Guest House 01736 360063 – Warwick House 01736 363881 – Woodstock Guest House 01736 369049