How to get to the Isles of Scilly


Whether you fly to the Isles of Scilly by small plane or arrive by sea on the Scillonian III passenger ferry from Penzance, you know immediately that you’re somewhere very special. Getting here is an adventure; part of your holiday experience.

Local Attractions & Activities - Trengwainton Garden

When visiting The Abbey Hotel many visitors ask for recommendations for things to do on days out and Twengwainton is one high on the list as it’s only a few of miles from the hotel. Experience stunning views and an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs in a garden cradled just inland of Mounts Bay.  For those of you with a nose for gardening, this horticultural hotspot is home to magnificent walled gardens growing species not seen anywhere else on mainland Britain. Marvel at the styrax, eucryphia, stewartia and the ‘Lobster Claw’ - Clianthus puniceus, and discover hybrids created from plant-hunting expeditions to Assam and Burma.

This historical garden was once residence to the Cornish Arundell family, but was landscaped by Sir Rose Price of Penzance. Price planted conifers with elm, oak, ash and beech, as well as nine-walled gardens whose ramped beds remain a feature to this day. When the estate came into the hands of the Bolitho family, they built the present carriageway and developed the gardens with help of their cousins, the Caerhays. Seeds sent back from plant-hunting missions were expertly hybridised by the head gardener, Alfred Creek, who was responsible for planting a stunning series of rhododendrons.

Alongside the intriguing evidence of yesteryear, now you can follow a stream garden through the valley, which was planted later in the 1950s with skunk cabbage, meconopsis, primulas and other bog plants. Escape to the intimate tranquillity of this woodland garden, and from the rich collection of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias, meander up to a terrace boasting beautiful views of Mount’s Bay to The Lizard.

With lots to explore and plenty to keep short imaginations captivated, Trengwainton is a fabulously family friendly garden. There are children’s trails to follow, children’s menus in the tearoom and well-equipped baby-changing facilities.

Find out more on their website.

Local Attractions & Activities - Trengwainton Garden

When visiting The Abbey Hotel many visitors ask for recommendations for things to do on days out and Twengwainton is one high on the list as it’s only a few of miles from the hotel. Experience stunning views and an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs in a garden cradled just inland of Mounts Bay.  For those of you with a nose for gardening, this horticultural hotspot is home to magnificent walled gardens growing species not seen anywhere else on mainland Britain. Marvel at the styrax, eucryphia, stewartia and the ‘Lobster Claw’ - Clianthus puniceus, and discover hybrids created from plant-hunting expeditions to Assam and Burma.

This historical garden was once residence to the Cornish Arundell family, but was landscaped by Sir Rose Price of Penzance. Price planted conifers with elm, oak, ash and beech, as well as nine-walled gardens whose ramped beds remain a feature to this day. When the estate came into the hands of the Bolitho family, they built the present carriageway and developed the gardens with help of their cousins, the Caerhays. Seeds sent back from plant-hunting missions were expertly hybridised by the head gardener, Alfred Creek, who was responsible for planting a stunning series of rhododendrons.

Alongside the intriguing evidence of yesteryear, now you can follow a stream garden through the valley, which was planted later in the 1950s with skunk cabbage, meconopsis, primulas and other bog plants. Escape to the intimate tranquillity of this woodland garden, and from the rich collection of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias, meander up to a terrace boasting beautiful views of Mount’s Bay to The Lizard.

With lots to explore and plenty to keep short imaginations captivated, Trengwainton is a fabulously family friendly garden. There are children’s trails to follow, children’s menus in the tearoom and well-equipped baby-changing facilities.

Find out more on their website.

Local Suppliers - Origin Coffee


Here are The Abbey Hotel in Penzance we are really proud of our famous ‘Abbey Breakfast’. Having spent years fine tuning the ingredients and adding more to what we offer, we feel that we have almost perfected it. One of the most important components of a good breakfast is the coffee and we have recently switched back to the excellent Origin Coffee after they gave us a sample of their superb new F30 blend from Brazil.



We get it in small 250g bags which keeps the coffee as fresh as possible and allows us to grind it fresh every day to order instead of buying in ground beans. It has toffee sweetness it is rich, rounded and chocolaty and has a lovely creamy taste and you can read an interview with the grower Fazenda Mariano here.

A video guide to St Ives


Here at The Abbey Hotel Penzance, we are only a short and scenic train rude away from St Ives, a stunning seaside town with so much to offer both in and around it. Here is a short video guide to St Ives Bay featuring St Ives; Godrevy Lighthouse, Porthminster and Porthmeor; Carbis Bay; Gwithian ; Hayle Towans which will explain everything far better than I ever could!

Activities & Attractions in Cornwall - The Minack Theatre


Here at The Abbey Hotel Penzance, our location makes us an ideal choice if you are considering exploring the stunning West Penwith coastline. One of the most popular attractions that is a ‘must see’ is the The Minack Theatre. This famous cliffside open-air theatre in Britain, possibly in the world; from above it looks as though some wandering Greeks, two thousand years ago, had carved a theatre into the granite cliffs of Porthcurno, Cornwall.

In fact, it was just under eighty years ago that there was nothing there except a sloping gully of gorse and heather and below that, the sea of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Minack Theatre, Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop are private property, once belonging to Rowena Cade. In 1976 it was placed in the hands of a specially formed Charitable Trust, of which Miss Cade was the senior trustee. Much of her life’s work had been dedicated to creating, building, carving and caring for “My beloved theatre” and she continued to take an active interest in its progress until her death in 1983.
. Most famous open-air theatre in Britain, possibly the world.

To see what they have going on and planned for this season follow this link  - http://www.minack.com/

Activities & Attractions in Cornwall - The Minack Theatre


Here at The Abbey Hotel Penzance, our location makes us an ideal choice if you are considering exploring the stunning West Penwith coastline. One of the most popular attractions that is a ‘must see’ is the The Minack Theatre. This famous cliffside open-air theatre in Britain, possibly in the world; from above it looks as though some wandering Greeks, two thousand years ago, had carved a theatre into the granite cliffs of Porthcurno, Cornwall.

In fact, it was just under eighty years ago that there was nothing there except a sloping gully of gorse and heather and below that, the sea of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Minack Theatre, Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop are private property, once belonging to Rowena Cade. In 1976 it was placed in the hands of a specially formed Charitable Trust, of which Miss Cade was the senior trustee. Much of her life’s work had been dedicated to creating, building, carving and caring for “My beloved theatre” and she continued to take an active interest in its progress until her death in 1983.
. Most famous open-air theatre in Britain, possibly the world.

To see what they have going on and planned for this season follow this link  - http://www.minack.com/

Brian’s Lemon Drizzle cake


Our lovely Breakfast Chef Brian, one of the most popular ‘features’ of our hotel in Penzance has been making wonderful cakes for years and they are proving a very popular accompaniment to a pot of tea in front of the roaring fire in our Drawing Room. As well as his infamous Apple & Cinnamon and Carrot cakes, Brian is also known for Cornish Cream Tea’s as well as his tempting Lemon Drizzle Cake.

I’ve tried them all but can’t quite decide on my favourite, perhaps I need to try another piece of Lemon Drizzle Cake to be sure!