St. Just in Penwith
Penzance Tourist Information CentreCan help with information and accommodation
- By bus: From Penzance there are a couple of bus services (First Bus Cornwall route 10/10A) which takes 30–40 minutes and runs every 30 minutes during the day Mon-Sat, less frequently in the evenings and on Sundays and (Western Greyhound route 509) which takes 30 minutes and runs via Sancreed on Mondays to Saturdays there is no Sunday service on this route. Alternate buses run via Pendeen. In addition there is an open top summer service (First Bus Cornwall route 300) which runs Lands End - Sennen - St Just - Zennor - St Ives every couple of hours.
- By road: St Just is situated at the end of A3071 which runs to Penzance and the A30 to England. There are also local B-class roads to Sennen (and Land's End) to the South and St Ives to the North.
- By train: Nearest National Rail station is Penzance, a taxi costs around £20 or catch the bus.
- By coach: London Victoria to Penzance.
The town is very small and easily walked. Plenty of free parking as well.
Cape CornwallRocky beach with a bathing pool (Priest Cove), used by small day fishing boats.
Cot ValleySSSI beach with a unique raised beach.
Porth NanvenOver the saddle to the South of Cot Valley - body rock beach with great swimming and snorkelling.
If you have a car, you could try the tourist-orientated beaches of Sennen Cove and Gwenver near Land's End or St Ives town beaches.
Industrial remainsThe whole area is full of mining remains but the following are outstanding.
Botallackparticularly The Crowns
KenidjackWheal Owles, Boswedden Mine and the Kenidjack arsenic
Ballowal Barrowaddress: Carn GlooseRound Barrow with a fine viewpoint overlooking Cape Cornwallh
Granite churchesAlthough the granite churches here have much in common, they all have distinctive features.
St Justhas ancient frescoes
There are plenty more in the area such as in St Levan, St Buryan and Saint Senara's Church in Zennor.
- Walk up to the moors above the town.
- St Just is good placed for an overnight stop on the Coastal Path (from Penzance, Lands' End and Sennen to the South and Zennor and St. Ives to the North).
- Scenic flights or trial flight lessons from Lands End Airfield 2 miles from town.
- Visit Cape Cornwall - 2 miles down Cape Cornwall Road (past the grey grim looking Secondary School). Once thought to be the most Westerly point in the UK, proved wrong with modern mapping. Stunning scenery and a welcoming Coast Watch Station (www.ccnci.org.uk) on the sea facing slope of the cape. A good circular walk (3 miles, an hour, plus stops) is: down Cape Cornwall Road to the cricket club, turn left and follow on to Carn Gloose, carry on down the track to Cape Cornwall. On the way back follow the road for 100 m and turn left 45 degrees along a foot path track, follow this round past the house on the left before turning left onto a foot path. Follow the valley all the way back to the town.
- Visit the ancient stone circles around the town.
- Lafrowda Festival - performing arts festival with (free) live music into the night. Mid July.
- St Just Feast - 1st November every year - the start of the St Just hunt (which isn't allowed to hunt any more), general 'piss up' in the town.
- New Year's Eve - fancy dress night. Normally every one spills out from all the pubs and dances round the Christmas tree in Market Square (the one with the Co-Op) just before midnight.
- Market Jew Day - early April every second year - another excuse for a party - traditionally the day when the Jews would be shipped out, but luckily now this is only celebrated in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
phone: +44 1736 788136address: 11 Market SquareA large steak pasty - without doubt the best pasty in Cornwall (and therefore the world).
phone: +44 1736 787266address: 4 Cape Cornwall StHave lunch - a cafe downstairs, second hand books shop upstairs. Sometimes does evening meals.
Jeremys Fish and Chipsphone: +44 1736 786002address: 2 Market Squarelocally caught fish, take away and during the summer restaurant upstairs.
Red Starphone: +44 1736 788104address: 1 Cape Cornwall StChinese takeaway.
Kegen Tegphone: +44 1736 788562address: 12 Market SquareCafe which does decent evening meals and operates a bring your own bottle of wine policy.
phone: +44 1736 788767address: 1 Fore Stlive local music on Monday nights, open mic on Thursday nights and a good crowd on Friday and Saturday nights
Commercial Arms(see Sleep section)
phone: +44 1736 788545address: 5 Market Square
phone: +44 1736 787319address: Market Square
phone: +44 1736 788593address: Tregesealwith a bar
The Royal British Legionphone: +44 1736 787101address: 11 Market St,
Plein An GwarrySit with a can
On Friday and Saturdays its not uncommon for people to club together and share a taxi to the night clubs in Penzance "Oii my lover are you going down barn tonight?" is what you may be asked, which refers to the Barn Night Club in Penzance. A taxi is around £20 each way - not too bad if you get 7 people and a 7 seater minibus taxi.
- Various B&Bs in and around the town. Contact the Penzance TIC for booking and more information.
phone: +44 1736 788455address: 13 Market Square
phone: +44 845 371 9643address: Letcha Vean, St Just-in-Penwith
- Geevor - tin mine Pendeen.
- Visit the Isles of Scilly - a 15-minute flight from Land's End Airfield 2 miles from the town or a 2 hour 40 minute sea crossing from Penzance.
- St Ives - drive (or take an open top bus in summer) the 15 miles along the North Coast road (B3306) to St Ives - spectacular scenery, plus various pubs to stop at along the way. Luckily the UK has a higher drink drive limit than the US or other European countries and it's perfectly normal to have a couple of pints and still drive. While the limit is higher, the police still crack down hard on anyone caught driving above this limit.