An open-top bus ride is a great way to see the stunning scenery that the West of Cornwall has to offer and if you time it right then everyone will be glad of the rest from walking on the beaches!
Plenty in Penzance
The key to making this a successful day out with the kids is to make sure they won’t be bored onboard and this requires some fore-thought and the scheduling of just enough stops to keep them interested. Start by exploring the borough of Penzance, bring the classic “Pirates of Penzance” to life – there’s plenty to do in Penzance. Afterwards, hop aboard the summer service 300 for a leisurely circuit of the far southwest of Cornwall. The open-top top deck is fun and exciting for children as they feel the rush of air in their faces as the miles slip by.
First Stop, Land’s End
Porthcurno’s beach with its white sands and blue waters is a great place for your first stop. Find your way around the granite village of Pendeen where a little mining museum tells the history of the borough before hopping back onboard. The next part of the journey crosses some of the finest coastal scenery in England and the exhilarating Cornwall North Coast Path is easily reached from Morvah so you could even combine your bus journey with some coastal path walking!
Next Stop, Zennor
By the time you reach Zennor you’ll have all seen some wonderful countryside. This lovely village lies between moors and sea and is home to the Wayside Folk Museum packed with artefacts, displays and stories of the lives of ordinary people. Nearby Zennor Quoit is just one of a number of ancient stone monuments and definitely worth a visit.
If you have time to stop again then make it St Ives. The choices here are numerous – you can paddle or swim in the safe beaches, enjoy refreshments beside the bustling harbour or take a brisk walk around the headland where cormorants swim under the crystal water. The last stop on the return ride is Marazion with its wide flat sandy beaches and St Michael’s Mount which rises like a massive castle of sand from the sea. Back at Penzance you can cool off in the Jubilee Pool, one of the few remaining Art Deco lidos in the United Kingdom.
Highlight of the Day
Seeing the stunning scenery from the excellent vantage point on the top deck!
Nearest train station : Penzance
Car parking : Available
Website : www.visitcornwall.com