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Penzance Youth Hostel

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The Penzance Youth Hostel campsite is set in the grounds of the hostel which is a fine early Georgian manor house in landscaped woodland and gardens. The area has good transport links to some of the finest coastal walks, cliff scenery and beaches in Britain.

The site features a sheltered and cosy, south-facing campsite on a level green adjacent to the main Youth Hostel building with views across Mount's Bay to the Lizard Peninsula. Just a 10-minute walk from the nearest bus service and 15 minutes from the centre of Penzance, this campsite is ideally places for a family break or if you're organising a group getaway.

There is a washroom and mini kitchen on the campsite as well as four toilets and two showers. Guests also have use of all the hostel facilities and wildlife spotting guides are available from the Youth Hostel reception, so set out into the natural environment to see what you can find! On return to YHA Penzance sample the fabulous beer-battered fish and other homemade dishes in the café and bar area.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed



Leave the car at home

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Small (11-25 pitches)


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  • Castle Horneck, Penzance, Cornwall, England, TR20 8TF
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.1179°N 5.5584°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Penzance Bus Station — 1.2 miles
Crowlas (Cornwall): Coach Stop — 4.1 miles
St Erth: Rail Station Coach Stop — 6.2 miles
Train stations
Penzance Rail Station — 1.2 miles
St Erth Rail Station — 6.2 miles
Lelant Saltings Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Ferry ports
Penzance Ferry Terminal — 1.3 miles
Helford Village Ferry Landing — 18.9 miles
Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 19.1 miles
Penzance Airport — 1.9 miles
Land's End St Just Airport — 5.0 miles


Walkers/cyclists: go through the town centre and pass the YMCA. Turn right along Castle Horneck Road and cross the A30 bypass. Take the driveway on the left and walk to the top of hill to the hostel.

Drivers follow the A30 bypass and turn at the Castle Horneck YHA sign. Do not go through the town centre.

Bus information: we are 2km from the Penzance bus station. First Bus Company buses number 5 or number 6 run to the Pirate Inn daily every 30 minutes. Good bus links for Lands' End, Porthcurno, St Ives and locations on the coastal footpath available nearby.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Take a trip to St Michael's Mount, Land's End, St Ives or to the Isles of Scilly and explore the unique history and culture of the World Heritage Sites in West Cornwall. Look for sharks, dolphins and seals on a marine safari, go birdwatching with the RSPB or try badger, bat and moth spotting in the garden.

Penzance is an atmospheric market town with excellent services and facilities and provides easy transport links to fine sandy beaches, superb cliff scenery and the SW Peninsula Path. West Penwith also boasts the highest density of prehistoric sites in mainland Britain.

Visitor attractions include Land's End, St Michael's Mount, Minack Theatre, Hepworth Museum and Tate St Ives, Geevor Mine, Levant Beam Engine, Porthcurno Telegraph Station, Chysauster Settlement, Marine Eco-tours, Paradise Park, Zennor Wayside Museum and Trengwainton Gardens.

Must see

  • St Michael's Mount (3.6 miles)
  • Tate St Ives (7.5 miles)
  • Land's End (7.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Trengwainton Garden (0.8 miles)
  • St Michael's Mount (3.6 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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Terms and conditions

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Additional terms

Quiet time is observed in the campsite from 10.30pm until 7.30am.

Campfires are strictly prohibited.

Please note that the site is not suitable for campervans, motorhomes, caravans or trailer tents.

No dogs are permitted on site.

YHA Penzance and grounds are fully licensed. Your own alcohol is therefore not permitted on site, but we have a well-stocked café/bar.