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A travel guide to Lands Ends and West Penwith: the insider's tips on the history, attractions and what to do at Lands End while vacationing this beautiful part of West Cornwall. Lands End is the westernmost tip of mainland Cornwall and England. The peninsula is an atmospheric landscape of spectacular cliffs, golden beaches, moorlands, flower-filled paths, prehistoric monuments and remnants of the tin mining industry.

The Lands End Visitor Center has exhibits, gift shops, craft centers, and many indoor attractions that are great when the weather is not so good.

The jagged cliffs that rise from the sea make this area so spectacular. Stroll along the headland and enjoy the panoramic view of the sea. From here you can see the Longships lighthouse, which is 2km away in the sea. On a clear day, you might also be able to see Wolf Rock lighthouse, which is 15km from the southwest, and even the Isles of Scilly, 45km away.

Cape Cornwall is on the rugged north coast of the Lands End Peninsula; it is the only Kapp in England, and there the English Channel meets the St Georges Channel. Much of the coast is maintained by the National Trust, which preserves the relics of tin mining in the area.

St Just is England's westernmost small town and was once at the heart of the tin mining industry. It has an interesting 15th century granite church.

Lands End attractions

Geevor Tin Mine near Pendeen, north of St Just, is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The largest surviving colliery in the country, it sits on one of the most dramatic Cornish coastlines and brings the rich history of Cornwall's mining days to life.

The famous Minack Theater is an open air theater - an amphitheater built into the cliff with the Atlantic Ocean as a beautiful backdrop. It was built by Rowena Cade in the 1930s, and there is a program packed with dramas, musicals, and operas every summer.

Sennen Cove and the fine sands of Whitesand Bay are popular with families and surfers.

Prehistoric sites

Chun Castle, the ruins of an Iron Age fortress near Morvah. Chun Quoit, one of the best preserved Neolithic burial chambers in the open moor area between Pendeen and Morvah. Chysauster is an ancient Iron Age settlement and one of the county's finest examples.

Men -an-Tol, the Cornish name means “stone with a hole” is located in the moorland near Madron and dates from the Bronze Age. It is said that the stone has healing powers.

Lanyon Quoit, also known as the Giant's Table, is one of Cornwall's best known Neolithic monuments and is located at Morvah.

The Merry Maidens are Cornwall's most perfect stone circle; 19 granite blocks said to represent 19 girls turned to stone for dancing on a Sunday. The stones are at Lamorna.


Trewidden garden at Penzance is one of Cornwall's magnificent gardens and its 15 acres have a magnificent collection of camellias, magnolias and tree ferns.

Trengwainton Country House and Garden at Madron is owned by the NT; the garden is known for its collection of exotic trees and shrubs and the view over Mounts Bay and the Lizard Peninsula.

Tremenheere sculpture garden with its exotic and subtropical plants offers a panoramic view over Mounts Bay.

Places to visit

Porthcurno Bay with its white sand beach is below the Minack Theater; this sheltered bay is one of the finest on the Penwith Peninsula.

Here in Porthcurno you will find the award-winning Telegraph Museum. In Porthcurno, the first cables were laid under the Atlantic Ocean in 1870 and Porthcurno remained the center of international cable telegraphy for many years.

Lamorna is both a village and a valley that descends to a sheltered bay on Mounts Bay. The shady valley is a charming place to explore history and atmosphere as a whole.

Mousehole - pronounced ‘Mouzl’ is a quaint fishing village with narrow streets and pretty cottages. It was not built for automobile traffic and is best explored on foot.

The sleepy village of Zennor is located above high rocky cliffs in a romantic and wild landscape, which is ideal for hiking and enjoying the wonderful panoramic view.