Penzance Park & Ride: Long-Stay Car Parks and Services for the Scillonian

Whether you are heading to the Scillonian or need somewhere to leave the car whilst you holiday in Penzance, take advantage of this list of Penzance Park & Ride services and long-stay car parks.

After a long drive, it can be awfully tempting to squeeze the car into the first vacant spot to catch your eye and then get on with your holiday – especially if you have a boat to catch. But it may be wise to think on this carefully or, even better, to plan ahead; as a seaside town, Penzance is geared more towards tranquil sea views than an ocean of cars.

Limited street-side parking is intended for residents and local businesses, while awkward parking along narrow roads may slow down traffic – harmful to Penzance’s environmental aims – and may be susceptible to damage from passing vehicles.

Cornwall Council and Penzance have worked hard to make Penzance car parks the cheapest in Cornwall, while private companies help to offer additional security and support a wider range of needs.

If you want to avoid parking altogether, frequent train services are also available; Penzance Train Station is right next to the town centre and only a 10-minute walk from the Ferry Terminal. Taxi companies are always on hand if you have too much luggage to carry, whether from the station or your car park of choice.

Park & Ride in Penzance

Please note: It is recommended that you arrive at your chosen Penzance Park & Ride site at least 90 minutes before your scheduled departure. The accommodation of passengers and luggage varies by company, as specified below; for any passengers and baggage not included in the price, it is recommended to drop them off at the Ferry Terminal before arriving at the parking facility. If that is not possible for any reason, contact the company and they will try and help you with your specific requirements.

Prices will differ in accordance with demand and the duration of your holiday (the longer the holiday, the cheaper the daily cost).


Isles of Scilly Parking – TR18 3FA

Ferry Terminal: 1.4 Miles (5-minute shuttle bus)

From £6.00 per day: Includes transport for the driver, a single passenger and their luggage


Scillonian Park & Ride – TR20 8TJ

Ferry Terminal: 1.7 Miles (6-minute shuttle bus)

From £6.25 per day: Includes transport for the driver


Scilly Parking – TR20 8AW

Ferry Terminal: 4.2 Miles (10-minute shuttle bus)

From £4.29 per day: Includes transport for the driver

From £6.27 per day: Includes full transport for the driver, passengers and their luggage


Long Stay Car Parks in Penzance (Private)

Isles of Scilly Premier Parking  – TR18 4AY

Ferry Terminal: 0.2 Miles ~ Town Centre: 0.4 Miles

From £7.50 per day: Once you are in the temporary parking area, the vehicle’s key will need to be left with the company so that the valet can move it to their secure indoor parking facility. The vehicle will be outside and ready to go upon your return.


Long Stay Car Parks in Penzance (Cornwall Council)

Please note: The following car parks do not provide security coverage. Prices listed are for the peak season (1st April – 31st October). Availability and prices may differ during the off-peak season (1st November – 31st March).

Weekly rates are purchased via the JustPark app or over the phone at 01872 302947. Because of this system, additional hours, days or weeks can be added to your reservation even when you are not with your car.  Both the app and phone system will ask for location identification codes; these are provided below and will also be signposted at the pay and display.


Harbour Wharfside Car Park – TR18 2GB

Ferry Terminal: 0.5 Miles ~ Town Centre: 0.3 Miles

24 Hours: £8.50 ~ Weekly: £42.00

Penzance Park and Ride

Location Code: 8395


St Anthony’s Car Park – TR18 4AJ

Ferry Terminal: 0.2 Miles ~ Town Centre: 0.4 Miles

24 Hours: £6.00 ~ Weekly: £39.20

Location Code: 8403


St Erbyn’s Car Park – TR18 2RG

Ferry Terminal: 0.7 Miles ~ Town Centre: 0.3 Miles

24 Hours: £8.50 ~ Weekly: £39.20

Location Code: 8401


Wherrytown Car Park – TR18 4NP

Ferry Terminal: 1.1 Miles ~ Town Centre: 1.0 Miles

24 Hours: £8.50 ~ Weekly: £39.20

Location Code: 8404



Prices correct as of 10th March 2021. Check the available links for fully up-to-date information on Park & Ride and long-stay car parks in Penzance.


G7 Accommodation: Penzance on the Big Stage

Newly renovated for 2021, the Victorian promenade leads the way for much to come in Penzance’s future – G7 accommodation and beyond. 

The traditional calm of a Cornish summer, home to azure waves and sunny TV dramas, is set to make way for a drama of a very different kind. From the 11th to the 13th June, the G7 Summit will see leading presidents and prime ministers settling in to Carbis Bay; less than ten miles away, Penzance will be on the forefront of ripples that will reverberate far across the political world.

Cornwall’s credentials for rest and relaxation deceive the very real change that is occurring beneath the surface, with Penzance keenly setting out to be a trailblazer in that respect; alongside its plastic-free initiative, the geothermal warmth of its Jubilee Pool combine the expected holiday vibes with the beginnings of much to come in the region – recent studies in geothermal activity beneath Cornwall’s granite suggest that the area is primed to produce a new source of renewable electricity for UK homes. With climate high on the agenda for discussions at the G7 Summit, Penzance is a beacon for an ambitious future.

Whether you will be heading to the big event in an official capacity or are simply looking to be adjacent to all that buzz, the accommodation in Penzance is ready to meet all your needs. With Carbis Bay and St Ives just a twenty-minute drive away (with frequent buses and trains also available), the town is perfectly placed to be of service to those on their way to the big event – whilst still being distant enough to avoid much of the presidential hubbub if you are just looking to holiday in Penzance. Whether you want a larger hotel or a small, family-owned B&B, you can be assured that each has strived to meet all coronavirus and social distancing regulations as we enter the final throes of the pandemic and turn our collective attention towards a brighter future.

If you are looking for a family stay in Penzance, there is much to see and do for those who take little interest in government workings (or even whether famous ice cream enthusiast Joe Biden enjoys Roskilly’s); a walking trail is available that takes you past all of the town’s famous landmarks, whilst the iconic St Michael’s Mount is unmissable with its disappearing ocean path that is governed only by the tide itself.

For all Bed & Breakfasts and hotels in Penzance, whether G7 accommodation or a holiday stay, be sure to head over to Book Penzance for detailed information on a wide variety of accommodation alongside a booking service and plenty more activities to enjoy during your stay. As the world’s eyes gaze upon this photogenic land, many will look to experience Cornwall’s bountiful pleasures in the years to come; a visit this summer will see those first bubbles of excitement as they rise up through the granite below, lasting long into the future.

G7 Summit Cornwall: Not Just Poldark and Pasties

Poldark and pasties? Think again. Open your eyes to a new Cornwall as it hosts the G7 summit, urges Mark Duddridge.

‘The Cornish are remarkable for their sanguine temperament, their indomitable perseverance, their ardent hope in adventure, and their desire for discovery and novelty.’

Not my words sadly but those of George Henwood, writing in the Mining Journal, 162 years ago.

He was remarking on how many Cornishmen had become ‘brilliant ornaments’ of science in their day. Watt, Trevithick, Holman and Davy, a generation of inventors, engineers and scientists who put Cornwall at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, exporting it, and Cornish culture and values, around the world.

Today Cornwall is on the cusp of another industrial revolution whose task, perhaps ironically, is to undo the legacy of the first. That legacy is climate change. And the revolution is low carbon.

When world leaders sit down in Carbis Bay for the start of the G7 summit in June, and gaze across the turquoise waters towards the very lighthouse that inspired Virginia Woolf, there will be two things at the top of their agenda: Covid, and climate change.

There’s a cartoon on Twitter showing a tidal wave labelled ‘Covid’ about to engulf a coastal town. Behind it is a larger wave, called ‘recession’. Behind that, and by far the biggest wave of all, is the one marked ‘climate change’.

It’s a triple tsunami, and it’s real.

That’s why Prime Minister Boris Johnson is urging world leaders to embrace a green economic recovery at the G7 to ‘build back better’ and ‘create a better future’ in the wake of the pandemic. It’s also why he’s chosen Cornwall, because we want to be the exemplar of a better tomorrow.

The PM said: “Two hundred years ago Cornwall’s tin and copper mines were at the heart of the UK’s industrial revolution and this summer Cornwall will again be the nucleus of great global change and advancement.”

It’s no idle boast. The mineral-rich granite beneath Cornwall contains globally-significant reserves of lithium, a key ingredient in batteries to power electric vehicles (EV) with global demand expected to double by 2024.

There are several companies exploring Cornwall’s lithium resources who have raised millions of pounds from investors to investigate how Cornwall could literally power the UK’s EV revolution in a sustainable way.

That’s why we’re spending £2.9m of the Government’s Getting Building Fund on building Europe’s first geothermal lithium recovery plant in Cornwall, to demonstrate that lithium can be produced with a zero carbon footprint. And we’ve put a fleet of EVs onto the Isles of Scilly to prove how they can mesh with a local energy network.

Cornwall’s granite is also hot. If you drill five kilometres down into Cornwall you’ll hit temperatures of 200 degrees. The people at Geothermal Engineering did just that near Redruth last year, drilling the deepest hole in Britain to create what will be the UK’s first commercial geothermal power plant. By circulating water to that depth the energy can heat homes and businesses and generate electricity carbon-free.

Thanks to its granite, Cornwall has the best geothermal resource in the UK, with at least another 20 sites that could be suitable for clean energy. The world-famous Eden Project is about to drill its own £17m geothermal well and aims to produce more energy than it uses by 2023.

Cornwall is also one of the windiest places in Europe (and has the best solar climate in the UK, by the way), which is why the UK’s first commercial windfarm was built here 30 years ago.

But it’s even windier out to sea, so Cornwall is bidding for more than £30m of Government funding towards a £64m plan to build floating windfarms far offshore, starting in 2023. They could power 170,000 homes by 2030 and create a new export industry for the UK, with thousands of jobs. The first turbines would attach to Wave Hub, an existing offshore socket connected to land a stone’s throw from the G7 hotel.

Earth observation is also critical to measuring and tackling climate change. Cornwall is partnering with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit company and the UK Space Agency to launch satellites into space from Newquay Cornwall Airport as early as next year. Virgin Orbit just celebrated its first satellite launch from the Mohave Desert in California on behalf of NASA, a tremendous achievement.

So we do things differently in Cornwall. We’re on the edge, poking out into the Atlantic, a stubborn hazard to shipping. But we’ve always been connected.

Early settlers traded tools and jewellery with Brittany and Ireland 4,000 years ago. Falmouth’s Packet Ships launched the first international mail service in 1689. The first telegraph cable from India to Britain landed at Porthcurno in 1870. Young Italian Guglielmo Marconi sent the first transatlantic radio message from Cornwall in 1901.

And Goonhilly Earth Station beamed live pictures of the moon landing around the word in 1969. It’s now poised to offer deep space communications from Cornwall for future missions to the Moon and Mars following our investment of £8.4m.

In fact, Cornwall has one of the fastest growing tech sectors in the country, buoyed by one of the best broadband networks in Europe, a higher quality of life, and fuelled by the Creative Industries. And we still trade globally today, with £661m of exports and £688m of imports. A high proportion of those exports go to G7 nations: £73m to the USA, £55m to France, £47m to Germany and £25m to Italy.

So it’s a peculiarly modern view that Cornwall is on the edge and peripheral; the legacy of post-industrial decline in the mid twentieth century that doesn’t reflect our new vision and momentum.

But now we’ve got the G7 Summit in Cornwall to help set the record straight.

So I make a plea. By all means embrace and celebrate Cornwall for its culture, its heritage, its outstanding beauty – all those things that make this place so very special. But let’s change perceptions and raise ambitions. We have a much bigger vision. We’re so much more than the Poldark and pasty stereotype.

Not just because Cornwall could offer a model of a sustainable, low-carbon economy for the world to emulate. But because perpetuating a myth masks the deep-seated inequality in our society that all G7 nations still need to address.

So as we welcome the G7 summit in June, let’s seize a once in a generation opportunity to influence some of the world’s most powerful people to put climate change, the environment and social justice at the heart of the global recovery. And to show them how proud Cornwall is to play our part in that.

Not dreckly, but now.


For more on the G7 Summit Cornwall, check out our article on G7 Summit Cornwall accommodation

Woodstock Guesthouse – plastic-free champions

Plastic Free Champion #49
Woodstock Guesthouse, Penzance
Name: Jon & Nikki Matthews, owners

Actions To Date:
• Glass carafes and glasses for water
• Refill jams/marmalade in small glass jars
• Butter knobs on dishes
• Refill jars of breakfast cereal
• Milk in jugs and flasks
• Coffee and tea in glass jars
• Sugar cubes in glass jars instead of sachets
• Refill bathroom products
• No single-use extras like shower caps etc.
• Foil wrapped chocolates in rooms
• Share Plastic Free PZ tips with guests

Proposed action:
• Continue to pressure suppliers
• Sourcing plastic free biscuits/treats for rooms

“We did it from the very start three years ago. Because you do, you look in straightaway and thought ‘No we’re not having that!’ And then it becomes a bit obsessive! The guests notice, they love the bits and pieces in the dining room and things look prettier and better presented and guest come back … that’s the main thing! You know you’re doing something right and they do notice the little things.

“Once you start everyone catches on. That’s the good thing. I’ve been chatting to someone who’s been in the business for 15 years and now they’re doing coffee in glass jars too… and then I’ll get a hint from them on something else, and before you know it we’re all doing it! The word of Plastic Free PZ has got out and guests are taking it home with them too.”