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Ranked #1 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Penlee House Gallery & Museum is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists (c.1880 -... more » Owner description: Penlee House Gallery & Museum is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists (c.1880 - c.1940). This popular museum and art gallery is set in a building that was originally a Victorian family home, surrounded by a delightful sub-tropical park formed from the original garden. Changing exhibitions throughout the year celebrate the rich artistic heritage of West Cornwall.Winner of the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2011-12 and of the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2009, 2010 and 2011 as Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. Open Monday to Saturday (Closed Sundays) throughout the year, including most Bank Holidays (closed Christmas and New Year), opening hours are 10am - 5pm during the summer (Easter to September) and 10.30 to 4.30 in the winter, with last admission half an hour before closing. « less
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Ranked #2 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #3 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Cornwall's No 1 picnic garden, 9 acres woodland and ponds A magical place for all ages Open 10am until 8pm every day (Easter... more » Owner description: Cornwall's No 1 picnic garden, 9 acres woodland and ponds A magical place for all ages Open 10am until 8pm every day (Easter until October) Adults £5.00 Children over 5 years £2.00 Dogs welcome on leads. « less
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Ranked #4 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #5 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Chysauster (New Mill)
Ranked #6 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Dated back to the later Iron Age and in continued use during the Roman period, this ancient settlement consists of about... more » Owner description: Dated back to the later Iron Age and in continued use during the Roman period, this ancient settlement consists of about seven round huts, the walls of which are mostly intact and well preserved. « less
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Ranked #7 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Madron Well (Madron)
Ranked #8 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Men-an-tol (Madron)
Ranked #9 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #10 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #11 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Architectural Buildings; Specialty Museums
Owner description: A rare survivor of that splendid era, The Egyptian House is probably one of Cornwall’s most flamboyantly designed buildings... more » Owner description: A rare survivor of that splendid era, The Egyptian House is probably one of Cornwall’s most flamboyantly designed buildings with is ornate lotus columns and stylised cornices. In amongst the traditional Egyptian symbolism and sphinx-like adornments, you can find the royal coat of arms of George III and William IV.John Lavin lived in the upstairs part of the house, while housing his mineral collection on the ground floor. His extensive collection was eventually sold by his son and it is understood that it has since been donated to the Oxford University Museum.The building had fallen into disrepair by the 1960s, but was purchased by The Landmark Trust in 1968 and restored to its original glory by 1973. The upstairs apartments are available as holiday lets from the trust.Downstairs is home to Pure Nuff Stuff, Penzance's own natural cosmetics company. The shop is open every day during Summer - you can watch the products being made on one side of the building and browse the shop on the other side. « less
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Merry Maidens (Lamorna)
Ranked #12 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Ancient Ruins; Mysterious Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: One of England's best-preserved and complete ancient stone circles consisting of 19 granite stones that form a perfect circle... more » Owner description: One of England's best-preserved and complete ancient stone circles consisting of 19 granite stones that form a perfect circle nearly 78 feet in diameter. « less
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Ranked #13 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Libraries; Traveler Resources
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Ranked #14 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #15 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Trereife, a beautiful centuries old family owned Estate, steeped in history, is being lovingly restored by the 7th generation... more » Owner description: Trereife, a beautiful centuries old family owned Estate, steeped in history, is being lovingly restored by the 7th generation family and is now open to the public in the summer months for day visitors. Trereife’s Stableyard Cafe is open Sunday- Thursday, 11-5 pm, serving a delicious menu of deli style food and locally sourced juices. Gardens and cafe entrance free. House tours £5. « less
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Ranked #16 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: For almost 120 years, Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west. In... more » Owner description: For almost 120 years, Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west. In 2007 the gallery was redeveloped and we opened a second venue, The Exchange in Penzance. With two venues we are able to offer a wide and varied programme across two sites, showcasing the very best of national and international contemporary art, as well as work by some of the best artists currently working in the region.At The Exchange our huge gallery is regularly used as a project space in which artists and curators test new ideas, from The Penzance Convention held in May 2012, to Shezad Dawood’s astounding exhibition running summer 2012. A major contemporary art space, The Exchange enables audiences to see work on a scale never before accessible in the region. It is also used as a venue for live performances, film screenings and community events. The Exchange has a striking undulating glass façade which runs the entire length of the building, a former telephone exchange. A dramatic, changing light display, designed by Penwith-based artist Peter Freeman illuminates the glass panels according to the exhibitions and time of day and year. At the centre of The Exchange is the large T-shaped Gallery, the shape and proportions provide a versatile and welcoming showing space. Retaining much of the industrial feel of the original Telephone Exchange, the Gallery is a noticeable contrast to the Victorian Gallery at Newlyn.Well-behaved dogs are very welcome. We are a dog-friendly venue. « less
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Ranked #18 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #19 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: Newlyn Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Newlyn, Cornwall. Opened in 1895, and financed by John Passmore... more » Owner description: Newlyn Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Newlyn, Cornwall. Opened in 1895, and financed by John Passmore Edwards the gallery was conceived as a home and exhibition venue for the Newlyn School of Art the works of which are now largely located at Penlee House Gallery and Museum in nearby Penzance. For almost 120 years, Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west. In 2007 the gallery was redeveloped and we opened a second venue, The Exchange in Penzance. With two venues we are able to offer a wide and varied programme across two sites, showcasing the very best of national and international contemporary art, as well as work by some of the best artists currently working in the region. Newlyn has played an important role in supporting the development of 20th-century painting in Britain, and in acknowledgement of that history, our current programme seeks to reflect the ways in which contemporary artists, working in this country and internationally, use painting and drawing to express their ideas. The focus at Newlyn Art Gallery is on painting and drawing. Artists working in other media continue to be a part of the programme on occasions, but two-dimensional work is the clear focus. Recent shows have included major retrospectives by Roger Hilton and Breon O’Casey.At Newlyn Art Gallery, the pavilion on the seaward side of the gallery is a glass structure on ground floor level, which supports a first floor clad in wet-laid Cornish slate, a building method specific to the region, but rarely seen in modern buildings. The glass curtain wall allows panoramic views of Newlyn Green and the sea while sliding doors lead to a secluded garden and outdoor seating area. The versatile Lower Gallery presents small exhibitions, projects and events. The Education Room & Studio Cafe on the first floor of the pavilion has a vast window offering panoramic views across Mounts Bay, as well as a skylight the length of the gabled ceiling. Well-behaved dogs are very welcome. We are a dog-friendly venue. « less
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Ranked #20 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Ranked #21 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Casinos
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Ranked #22 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #23 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Mysterious Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #24 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #25 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Ships; Specialty Shops
Owner description: This is the good ship Bag O' Rags in Penzance Harbour. So come aboard and take a stroll around Captain Ben Bones' pirate... more » Owner description: This is the good ship Bag O' Rags in Penzance Harbour. So come aboard and take a stroll around Captain Ben Bones' pirate locker. For all your pirate t-shirts, hats and flags, all your accessories and swag. You are sure to find everything you need for every piratical deed! Looking forward to seeing ya soon matey! Yargh! « less
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Lamorna Cove (Lamorna)
Ranked #26 of 29 attractions in Penzance
Category: Beaches
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Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: Built at the beginning of the 20th century as a steam bakery, this shop makes and sells ceramics with frequent painting... more » Owner description: Built at the beginning of the 20th century as a steam bakery, this shop makes and sells ceramics with frequent painting exhibitions. « less
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Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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