Located in the far west of Cornwall and named is Penzance, a busy fishing port, end of the line from Paddington and a wonderful location for a holiday cottage. Home to fantastic areas of outstanding natural beauty and the popular pirate musical, Penzance truly is a family treat. This historic Cornish town is situated on the gorgeous Mount’s Bay and looking onto the English Channel. Chances are you’ve already heard of it thanks to comic opera, ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ – and what better way to experience its inspiration than by renting a charming seaside cottage in the town.

The nearby Minack Theatre is a waterfront, open-air theatre, putting on fantastic shows through the summer. Run your hands along the soft sand of Porthcurno Beach, and take a dip in the sea with the kids – and don’t forget to look back, as the Minack will be directly overhead on the cliffs. For more family fun, visit the art-deco Jubilee Pool. Afterwards, stop by The Old Lifeboat House bistro for a welcoming atmosphere and locally-sourced food, or for something entirely different and colourful, go to the Coco Loco Mexican restaurant.

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Penzance’s history sprawls back in time – prehistoric stone axes made of greenstone and found all over the country appear to come from the town. Throughout the past centuries, Penzance has also had a strong tradition May Day celebrations, where both children and adults came together for song and dance. Of course, as mentioned, it is the ‘Pirates of Penzance’ that this town is perhaps most famous for – but did you know that, in 1879 when it was written, the town was already established as a tourist destination, not a place overrun by pirates?

If you’re looking for even more culture, Penzance also offers the Penlee House Gallery and Museum, perfect for wandering around after a day of shopping in the town centre. A unique and striking town, Penzance is clearly perfect for exploring with family, friends or as a couple. Visit in the summer for gorgeous sea views and open-air activities, and the Golowan Festival in June or come in the winter for cosy nights, and to attend the Montol Festival, a six-day celebration of the solstice.

Just across the bay from Penzance opposite Marazion, is the magnificent St. Michael’s Mount – open for the public with a room tour and a wander through the sub-tropical gardens. It’s a lively little island with festivals and attractions enticing locals and tourists alike. Or take a dip in the fully restored Jubilee Pool a 1930’s outdoor lido, with outstanding views out to sea from where you can watch the MV Scillonian sail out of the harbour taking passengers and provisions to the Isles of Scilly some two hours further west of Penzance.

Ancient fishing villages and picturesque harbours such as Newlyn and Mousehole, home of Stargazy Pie, also dot the famous coastline around Penzance. The sea is clean and completely child friendly. Learn to sail, row or surf or perhaps simply lie on the beach and soak up the Cornish sun.