Flights to Penzance from other parts of the United Kingdom range from about 4h-16h. Though most flights from various parts of the UK will bring your flight to Penzance at a maximum of a few hours, no matter what your departure city is, the flight time will mostly be affected by the number and length of layovers.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Penzance. Though you may be located far north of Penzance, like if you’re flying out of Edinburgh, Scotland, you stand a greater chance of having a shorter flight than those from Newcastle in northern England, since airlines like Aer Lingus service quick flights from Edinburgh to Penzance, with just one short layover in Dublin. Those departing from Newcastle will likely have a couple of stopovers en route to Penzance, most commonly in Dublin or a London-area airport.
When you travel to Penzance by air, you’ll alight at Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY), about 52km northeast of Penzance. To get to Penzance city centre from Newquay airport, you have several options. You can take a taxi from outside the arrivals terminal and go directly to your destination in Penzance city centre in about 50 minutes, with a cost of about £80-£95. There are also public transport options. You can take the A5 or 408 from the airport to city centre Newquay and then transfer to the Par rail to Penzance for about £27-£78, with a total travel time of about three and a half hours. There are also bus-only options, although there are no direct bus routes, so it will take longer than the coach-to-rail option.
Penzance is located in western Cornwall, an area known for its history and natural beauty, with the town itself offering holidaymakers plenty to do and see. Take a stroll down Chapel Street, the city centre’s most historic avenue, and keep an eye out for the unique architecture of its shops, hotels, and homes as the street meanders its way down to the harbour. In the heart of Penlee Park, you’ll encounter Penlee House Gallery and Museum, a Victorian-era manor home kitted out with an art gallery, a museum about the town, and a welcoming café for refreshments. On warm, summer days, a dip in triangular Jubilee Pool is a must, as it overlooks the sea and is perfectly positioned between Penzance harbour and Promenade. Get your fill of exotic flora by taking a trip to the gorgeous Trengwainton Gardens, where you’ll enjoy charming bridges over gently lapping ponds, stunningly fragrant wildflowers, and picturesque green spaces alike.
No, British citizens need neither a passport nor a visa to visit Penzance as it’s part of the UK. You do need valid government-issued photo identification to verify your identity while flying however, whether a passport or a driver’s license.