Car hire in Penzance
Car hire in Penzance
Penzance is an historic seaside town and fishing port based on the toe of Cornwall, close to both Land's End and the Lizard Point. It makes a superb base for enjoying some of the very best coastal scenery in Britain, as well as being a place of folklore, history and charm in itself.
What I need to know
There are a number of Penzance car hire firms to choose from and we can help you compare them in order to get the best possible deal for your tour of the area. As well as checking out the car hire services in Penzance, we offer free cancellation, customer support and no credit card fees.
Where to pick up my car
Penzance's car rental services are all located close to the seafront, either in the town centre or east of it in the Longrock area, with these places being linked by the A30. Those picking up a car via an airport rental firm can do so at the Newquay Airport terminal.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
As well as the beautiful coastline, the latitude gives Penzance a mild climate and it features several gardens with exotic plants, such as Trengwainton Garden, Tanglewood Wild Gardens and Morrab Garden. In warmer weather, the historic clifftop Minack Theatre is a great place to catch an outdoor play.
Land's End (nine miles) is the most obvious attraction of the wider area, the starting point for many a trek to John O'Groats, 874 miles away. This is mainland Britain's westernmost point and also nearby is Lizard Point (25 miles), the southernmost. Don't miss St Michael's Mount at Marazion, a rugged tidal island linked to the mainland by a causeway.
Longer trips north and eastward can access other attractive Cornish towns, such as Truro or Newquay, as well as more fine coastal scenery. 77 miles away across the border in Devon, there is the historic port of Plymouth and the wild moorlands of the Dartmoor National Park.
Eating and drinking
As a famous fishing port, Penzance is a great place to enjoy some local seafood, with fresh seasonal produce including various kinds of fish and shellfish. For a traditional local dish, try a Cornish pasty, a snack of spicy meat and vegetables in a pastry parcel.
Things to do
One of the most popular activities in the area is to visit Land's End and be photographed with the signpost stating how far away various destinations are. There are lots of walks along the rugged coastline, while the Penlee House Gallery and Museum is a great indoor attraction.
Amid the rugged coastline are many caves and coves used by the pirates and smugglers immortalised in Gilbert and Sullivan's play the Pirates of Penzance. The tunnels of Gunwalloe Cove are a prime example of this. There are also ancient stone circles, such as Men-an-Tol and the Merry Maidens.
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