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The Perfect Penzance Weekend

Whether you're a seasoned visitor or experiencing your first time in West Cornwall, a bit of local knowledge can make all the difference to your stay. All of our guests, whether staying at The Bell Tower or Middle Colenso Farm, receive access to our exclusive digital welcome book which is packed with recommendations. If you're only here for a short time, however, it can be a lot to take in so we're putting together some itineraries for a three or four night stay, starting with a long weekend at The Bell Tower.


FRIDAY PM

After your journey, you'll find a home made Cornish cream tea waiting for you when you arrive at the flat. Once you've settled in, it's time to explore and get your bearings. We recommend a wander along The Prom. Cut through Regent Square and Regent Terrace and admire the historic buildings on the way.


Get into the seaside mood and pick up a fish and chip supper from Frasers on The Prom or a pizza from the excellent Pizza Plz at the bottom of Market Jew Street (we recommend pre-ordering as they can get very busy) and make your way back to the flat to relax and enjoy the sunset. You'll find a selection of board games, books, a record player and all the gear you need to make a cocktail but to be honest we spend most of our time looking out of the window.




SATURDAY AM

There's nothing like a refreshing dip to set you up for the day. Depending on the tide you may be able to swim in The Abbey Basin right below The Bell Tower. Alternatively, there's Penzance's iconic art deco Jubilee Pool. If cold water's not your thing, you may prefer the geothermal pool. The pool is very popular so we recommend booking in advace.


The pool has a nice little cafe but for the best breakfast in Penzance, make your way to 45 Queen Street. Just a five-minute walk from the flat, it also serves fantastic lunches, dinners, cakes and cocktails.


Penlee House Gallery and Museum is a wonderful place to while away an hour or two. As well as a changing programme of exhbitions, it's home to a wonderful collection of paintings by artists of the Newlyn and Lamorna Schools. There's also a fascinating little musuem which traces the history of West Cornwall from prehistoric times to the modern day.


If shopping's more your thing then take some time to explore the ever-growing selection of independent shops in town. Most are situated in Chapel Street and Causeway Head but fellow booklovers may like to make a detour to Moonlight Books on the Arcade Steps and the award-winning Edge of the World Bookshop in Market Jew Street. Other favourites include The Handworked Shop, Faded Vintage, The Planted House, Barton Books, Seven Stones and Join Handcrafted. Don't forget to pick up a croissant from the outrageously good LOAFS bakery on Causeway Head.


There are lots of options for dinner in Penzance. We've already mentioned 45 Queen Street but it's one of our favourites for dinner too. We're also rather partial to the modern Indian cuisine at Ministry of Flavour: British India. For seafood, try The Shore or sample the sushi at The Copper Fox. If, like us, you enjoy an aperitif, Four and Pocketful of Stones serve excellent cocktails.





SUNDAY AM

Fire up the coffee machine and enjoy the croissants you bought yesterday while watching the early morning activity in the harbour. After that, it's time to get out and about.


If you fancy a quieter day then a stroll along to Newlyn with lunch at Mackerel Sky or The Tolcarne Inn may be just the ticket. Personally, we'd recommend making the most of your time and exploring further afield. Even if you don't have a car, you can still see the far west. The Land's End Coaster open top bus is a fun way to see all of the major attractions. Alternatively, hop on the train from Penzance to St Erth from where you can take the picturesque branch line to St Ives.


SUNDAY PM

If the weekend's activities have tired you out, spend the evening relaxing in the flat. The kitchen is fully equipped so you can rustle up a meal at home. The Savoy in Causeway Head often shows classic films on Sunday evenings which is one of our favourite ways to round off the weekend.


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