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Arrr there be pirates! Well… not anymore, but there is a great selection of holiday lighthouses for you to rent in Penzance, and much, much more besides. Steeped in history, the south facing Cornish port of Penzance has so many stories to tell the inquisitive traveler and with one of the mildest climates in the UK, it’s a great place to sit and hear them. You’ll find yourself surrounded by palm trees and sub-tropical plants as you relax in your holiday lighthouse in Penzance, or enjoy the fabulous view from the waterfront out to St Michael’s Mount, which appears to float on the water out at sea.
The towns laid back, charming old streets house book shops art galleries, boutique shops, delicious restaurants and other eateries to keep every foodie entertained, along with the famous, wonderfully decorated Egyptian House and the Penlee House Museum. There’s also a great selection of unique pubs such as the Admiral Benbow Inn, loaded with friendly locals and historic memorabilia from Penzance’s remarkable past.
The location of holiday lighthouses in Penzance make it a perfect base for exploring the surrounding holiday areas of Cornwall too, with great road, rail and air links. Some of the country’s best beaches are within a short drive or walk including Lamora Cove, Praa Sands, Kenneggey Sands and Perranuthnoe. Let’s not forget the tropical looking bay at Porthcurno also, a short and worthwhile drive where you’ll discover the launching point of the first ever transatlantic cable and the incredible Minnack Theatre The Minnack Theatre at Porthcurno is an all-time favourite for a day or night out from your Penzance holiday lighthouse; carved into the cliff-side and home to incredible matinees and sunset performances all summer – it’s open to visitors all day and offers spectacular views of secluded Porthcurno Bay below, but book ahead early if you want to get seats here for a performance!
Your holiday lighthouse in Penzance will also be only around 10 miles from Land’s End and Sennen Cove and in a great place for joining the St. Ives to Penzance (or vice-versa) route of the South West Coast Path. Regular ferries will take you to the Isles of Scilly for a further flung adventure and of course you’re so close to St Michael’s Mount it may be the easiest day out you have in Penzance!
Other attractions include the art deco Jubilee lido swimming pool (open June-August) with great views of the bay, the Savoy Cinema which is great if it happens to rain, and the seafront Victorian Morrab Gardens where you’ll find plants rarely seen anywhere else on UK shores. And of course, grab a Cornish Pasty or Fish and Chips and relax by the sea shore, on your quintessential holiday lighthouse holiday in Penzance.