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<span>Special and secret places</span> around The Queens Hotel

Special and secret places around The Queens Hotel

The Queens Hotel recommends…

At The Queens, we’d like you to make the most of your holiday. While there are many well-known places that are on your list to visit, we’d like to highlight a some jewels that are off the beaten track

Nanjizel: escape to paradise

Nanjizel is one of those remote beaches that takes your breathe away. Unspoilt, full of caves and with a natural arch, Nanjizel has been a secret spot of tranquility for locals and visitors alike.Head down the B3315 from Penzance towards Land’s End and stop in Trevescan. Park in one of the laybys on either side of the village, around 200 metres away.Queens Hotel, secret places

Folk at The Tinners

Zennor is a fascinating village, with an historic church, a folk museum and its own mermaid. The Tinners Arms is a traditional Cornish pub that makes all visitors welcome. On a Thursday night, there’s a folk music night where local musicians turn up and strike a tune. It doesn’t always take place, it depends if the local fiddle players are busy. Yet if you catch it, it’s like going back 50 years. Queens Hotel, secret places

Other music sessions

Queens Hotel, secret placesWhile we’re on the subject of folk music, there’s plenty of other folk nights in Penwith. The Crown, in Penzance, has an open mic night on Mondays. The Star Inn, St Just, another proper Cornish pub with lots of character, has two music nights. On Mondays, the Diddly Dees –  a collective of local folk musicians – meander down to play the classics. Thursday is open mic night with more great tunes.

The gardens of Penwith

Queens Hotel, secret placesAs Cornwall enjoys a subtropical climate, the gardens around Penwith are unlike any others in the UK. Here you’ll find exotic plants and tranquil settings, perfect for exploring and leisurely walking. We recommend Trewidden Gardens, just outside of Penzance on the Land’s End Road (A30). Trewidden is one of the great gardens of Cornwall, and was created in the 19th century. It is home to more than 300 camellias and magnolias, as well as one of the best stands of tree ferns in the northern hemisphere – so much that it was featured in Daily Mail and The Queens Hotel was the recommended place to stay. Also near Penzance, at Madron, is Trengwainton – a rich, sheltered garden bursting with exotic trees and shrubs. This is a National Trust garden with a shop and plant centre, and a tea room. Dogs are welcome at Trengwainton and visitors often take delight in discovering the walled garden. A more recent delight for gardening fraternity, is Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Morrab Gardens; a oasis of calm in Penzance

These beautiful subtropical gardens stretch for three and a half acres in the centre of Penzance, a short walking distance from The Queens Hotel, and host an array of exotic plants and unusual flowers. The gardens were originally built by Samuel Pidwell in 1841 for his own use but were bought by the Penzance Corporation in the 1880s and opened as a free public park. In 1904, a memorial garden was added to commemorate those who died in the Boer War and a year later a bandstand was added so the public could enjoy open air concerts, which are still held on some summer evenings. Named after the Cornish “mor app” meaning “sea and shore”, the gardens are open every day and house the Morrab Library – a private library, open to the publicm with a fascinating array of historical tomes.Queens Hotel, Penzance, Morrab Gardens