Towns & Villages to Visit

Hayle & Phillack – Gateway to West CornwallThe Town of Hayle was a powerhouse of Cornish industry during the 18th & 19th centuries and continued as such well into the 20th century. Today, Hayle is rich with industrial archaeology, a heritage enhanced by its position on the shores of the beautiful St. Ives Bay and by the miles of glorious golden beaches that lie close by. Adjoining Hayle, but with its own delightfully rural character is the village of Phillack. Hayle is a busy shopping centre with ample parking and some fine amenity areas. There are banks, post offices, supermarkets, all types of traditional and specialist shops, several good Cornish pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Madron – the historic heart of West Cornwall
There are few parishes in Cornwall with such a favoured outlook as Madron’s. The parish has no coastline; yet because of its elevated position above Penzance and the glittering expanse of Mount’s Bay, there are exhilarating views of the sea from almost every quarter. Madron has a striking variety of landscapes; they range from south-facing fields and wooded valleys to miles of high moorland, within which lie some of Cornwall’s most dramatic ancient monuments. At the heart of the main village of Madron is a cluster of beautiful granite buildings that enclose a handsome 14th century church. The village has a popular pub, the King William IV, and a post office/shop. In a wooded valley below the village lies Trengwainton, one of Cornwall’s finest gardens.

Marazion, Perranuthnoe & Goldsithney – Beautiful Mount’s Bay
Marazion lies at the sheltered heart of the Mount’s Bay coast facing the spectacular St Michael’s Mount. A short distance inland is the quiet village of Goldsithney. Only a mile or so to the east lies the village of Perranuthnoe, with its fine sandy beach and its open aspect. Further east again is the fine headlands of Cudden Point. Much of the area lies within Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as designated by the Countryside Commission.

Mousehole & Paul – Gateway to Mount’s Bay
The villages of Mousehole and Paul are distinct and independent, yet are stronly linked by shared customs and history. Mousehole is one of Cornwall’s finest traditional fishing ports and retains its great character despite fishing’s decline. Paul’s strudy granite buidlings and its splendid Church of St. Pol de Leon make it one of the most attractive villages on the Land’s End Peninsula.

Newlyn – A great Cornish port
The fishing port of Newlyn lies in the western corner of Mount’s Bay adjacent to Penzance. The bustling harbourside and the narrow back streets and cobbled courtyards of Newlyn offer the visitor a refreshing glimpse of a genuine Cornish community. Newlyn’s many attractions include an art gallery, several pubs of character, cafes, restaurants and a good range of shops.

Pendeen – Cornwall’s famous mining coast
A granite mining village with traditional inns near Cornwall’s most important and spectacular section of heritage mining coast. The village and surrounding ancient granite agricultural settlements developed with the area’s 19th century tin and copper mines. Pendeen church was built in 1852 on the ground-pan of Iona Abbey, using granite quarried from the Carn above the church.

Standing on the shores of Mount’s Bay, Penzance has a wealth of good shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Market Jew Street, a busy shopping street connects with the harbour area through the Wharfside Shopping Centre. Take time to explore pedestrianised Causewayhead and the delightful Chapel Street. At the mid-point of the town’s shoreline is the open-air Jubilee Pool a fine example of the art deco style of the 1930’s. A short distance beyond the pool is Penzance Harbour whose inner dock shelters fishing boats and commercial vessels and where in summer visiting yachts and the occasional tall-masted sailing ship lie against the granite quays. Subtropical Morrab Gardens flourish in Penzance’s mild climate and on the outskirts of the town are Trereife and Trengwainton Gardens (NT). Each June, The Golowan Festival celebrates the Celtic traditions of West Cornwall in spectacular style. 

Porthcurnoe, St Levan & Treen – The Golden Coast
Porthcurnoe, St Levan and Treen lie on one of Cornwall’s most beautiful coasts within an area of spectacular granite cliffs and beaches. Yet the surrounding countryside is equally lovely while the area is well served by excellent village shops, pubs and other services. Much of the coast is owned by the National Trust. The Porthcurno valley has had close links with oceanic communications since the last century. Attractions in the area include the Museum of Submarine Telegraphy and the Minack Theatre.

St Buryan & Lamorna – The Heart of West Cornwall
The parish of St Buryan offers the visitor the very best of West Cornwall’s coast and countryside at the beautiful Lamorna Cove and amidst the green fields and wooded valleys that surround the village of St Buryan itself. The area is famous for its ancient monuments, and two of the finest prehistoric stone circles in the country lie within its boundaries. There are shops, a sub post office and a popular pub in St Buryan village. Lamorna Cove has the famous Wink Inn and a cafe and shop at the harbour car park. There are several galleries and craft shops throughout the area as well as campsites, bed & breakfast establishments and hotels.

St Ives
The beaches are St Ives’ crowning glories, but you’ll also love it for its narrow streets and flower-filled courtyards, its glittering sea, clear air and for its friendly hospitable people. St Ives has a Mediterranean allure yet the town retains its distinctive Cornish character especially at its harbourside. Tangles of cobbled lanes with intriguing names like Mount Zion, Teetotal Street and Salubrious Place, weave past honey granite cottages, galleries, colourful pubs and great restaurants. In the 19th century painters came for the clear, accurate light and luminous colours and the renowned Tate St Ives Gallery now reflects the town’s international status in the world of art. The neighbouring villages of Carbis Bay, Lelant and Halsetown, and the beauty of its adjoining coast and countryside enhance even more the appeal of this award winning resort.

St Just-in-Penwith
Bustling former mining centre and Cornwall’s most westerly town with a fine Methodist chapel and 15th century parish church. The grassed Plen-an-Gwary (place of the play), at the heart of the town, is one of only two surviving outdoor medieval amphitheatres in Cornwall, allegedly the oldest working theatre in Britain. Today this scheduled monument is in regular use and the site of spectacular events like performances of the Ordinalia miracle plays and the annual July Lafrowda festival. Within easy walking distance of the free car park are two spacious squares with a large number of inns, independent art galleries and studios, and other useful amenities. These include the library/tourist information centre, surgery, pharmacy, post office, garage, new sport centre, newsagent, supermarkets, bank and more.

Steeped in myth and legend and nestling on the scenic coast road only 4 miles west of St Ives, surrounded by dramatic coastal scenery and ancient fields on one side and high, gaunt moorland on the other. Legend has it that the mermaid of Zennor (depicted on a bench-end in the Norman and later medieval church) was so entranced by the singing of a local chorister that she lured him into the sea, never to return. D H Lawrence wrote ‘Women in Love’ here in the village he described as ‘the best place I have ever been in’.