Just seven miles to the north is the busy town of St Ives. Hundreds of artists have been drawn to St Ives over the years and it remains the centre of artistic culture in west Cornwall (although Penzance runs it a very close second!) with the newly-expanded Tate Gallery, Barbara Hepworth Museum and many other privately-owned galleries. St Ives also has three beaches and a thriving surfing community.
St Just and Cape Cornwall
St Just is England's most westerly town and was at the heart of the tin-mining industry. All around the town you will spot the ruined buildings from Cornwall's tin-mining past and wonder how the landscape must have looked one hundred and fifty years ago. Cape Cornwall, just to the west of St Just, is England's only cape. On a clear day, it's easy to spot the Scilly Isles on the western horizon from here.
Geevor Mine at Pendeen is the largest preseved tin mining site in the country. You can explore the surface processing plants as well as take a shallow trip underground to see ancient mine workings.
Famous the world over, Land's End may not be the most beautiful tourist site in west Cornwall but it's certainly one of the busiest! The most westerly point in the UK, Land's End is an essential place to go, even if it is just to say that you have been there! It's the start and finish point for Land's End-John O'Groats challenges and thousands of people pass through it on their way by foot, bike, tractor, car, skateboard, you name it! It's a short but very pleasant walk north from Land's End to Sennen Cove.