See & Do
'At Zennor one sees infinite Atlantic, all peacock-mingled colours, and the gorse is sunshine itself. Zennor is a most beautiful place: a tiny granite village nestling under high shaggy moor-hills and a big sweep of lovely sea beyond, such a lovely sea, lovelier even than the Mediterranean..... It is the best place I have been in, I think' (D.H Lawrence 1916). Great British Literary Walks
The coastal walks around Zennor and The Gurnard’s Head are some of the best on the South West Coast Path which is the longest of the country's National Trails and follows the entire coastline of Cornwall. Zennor to St Ives takes about 4hrs.
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One of the best beaches in Cornwall accessible via a half-mile walk from the nearest car park through a beautiful wooded valley. A 40 minute drive from Zennor.
Get to the bottom of the hit-and-miss path to Porthcurno, and you’ll feel as though you’ve stumbled into the Mediterranean - powder-fine sand and an almost luminous blue sea. A 40 minute drive from Zennor.
The beach sits in a relatively secluded spot at the foot of Trevedra cliff and significantly quieter than its neighbour, Sennen Cove, with which it links at low tides. A 30 minute drive from Zennor.
Accessible via steep steps, the crescent-shaped beach at Sennen Cove stretches to around a mile in length. A 30 minute drive from Zennor towards Land’s End.
Lovely beach in the middle of St Ives. Combine with lunch or dinner at Porthminster Beach Café (see Restaurants). A 10 minute drive from Zennor.
Lovely cobbled street located behind the harbour front which houses gift shops, picture galleries, silversmiths, bars and restaurants.
The historic chapel street is a hidden gem of quirky and bespoke shops, there is something for everyone here.
St Ives is renowned for the number of galleries and resident artists in town, particularly non-figurative (or ‘modern’) art. St Ives School of Painting, in the historic Porthmeor Studios complex offers a range of classes and courses in various media.
The best known gallery is probably the Tate St Ives, which is worth a visit for its architecture and spectacular location on Porthmeor Beach alone. Combine it with lunch at the Porthmeor restaurant.
You mustn’t go home without having a browse in one of Cornwall’s lovely local farm shops. Richards in Hayle sells a range of products including cheese, chutneys and jams and fudge from local artisan producers.
Indoor market with 22 shops selling vintage homeware, old fashioned cameras and gifts, including Shelley's Vintage Emporium.
Described by writer Dylan Thomas as ' the loveliest village in England' Mousehole is picturesque fishing village on the south coast with good restaurants. A 20 minute drive from Zennor.
Swim in fresh salt water, straight from the sea! It is the first lido in the UK to be heated by geothermal energy. It opens from Summer 2019 and will be open all year round.
World famous open air theatre on the cliffs at Porthcurno Beach. It is advisable to book tickets at the start of the summer.
The 8th Wonder of the World and home to the world's largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles and waterfalls. About one hour’s drive from St Ives.
Still home to the St Aubyn family as well as a small community, this iconic rocky island is crowned by a medieval church and castle - with the oldest buildings dating from the 12th century. Accessible by boat or foot at low tide. A 20 minute drive from Zennor.
Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the Isles of Scilly are and blessed with a mild climate and adorned with a range of subtropical plants, and beautiful gardens. Five of the 100 island cluster which is situated 28 miles off the Cornwall coast are inhabited - St Mary's (the largest Scilly Island), Tresco Bryher, St Agnes and St Martin's. Day trips available by air from the airfield at Land’s End or by ferry from Penzance (2 hour crossing).