Places of interest in Marazion, Penzance and west Cornwall
Home to artist colonies in both Newlyn and St Ives, rich in mining heritage, scattered with sub-tropical gardens and iconic landmarks, the area has an extensive number of galleries and visitor attractions.
Tate St Ives
Overlooking Porthmeor Beach, the newly refurbished Tate St Ives opened its doors on 31 March with its inaugural exhibition The Studio and The Sea. As well as seasonal exhibitions and shows, the Tate offers free guided tours on a daily basis, family trails and activities.
St Michael's Mount
The iconic tidal island of St Michael’s Mount sits within the centre of Mount’s Bay. Accessible by foot via an ancient causeway at low tide, and by ferry boat as the tide floods back in, the island is home to the St Aubyn family and 30 islanders, as well as a breathtaking sub-tropical, coastal garden and a castle that crowns the summit.
Tremenheere Sculpture Park
Spanning over 22 acres of a sheltered valley just outside of Gulval, Tremenheere is surrounded by woods and streams, and looks out over a large portion of Mount’s Bay. The landscape is punctuated by works of art, by renowned artists such as James Turrell, that sit in harmony with exotic and sub-tropical plants that are set perfectly throughout the garden.
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
Noted as one of Britain’s most important artists, Barbara Hepworth is well recognised by her work internationally, with sculptures in bronze, stone and wood being prominent. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives, previously her place of residence, is now home to the largest collection of her works.
Penlee House Gallery and Museum
Converted from a home to a gallery and museum, Penlee House specialises in showcasing west Cornwall’s unique cultural heritage by incorporating the historic collections of Penzance Town Council, Cornwall Council and Newlyn Art Gallery. In addition to its permanent collection, Penlee House also has exhibitions throughout the year, as well as activities and events. From June to September, the Penlee Park Open Air Theatre is also open to the public, with professional and amateur theatre, opera, comedy and music, as well as an outdoor cinema and ‘Gin & Jazz’ evenings.