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Local Interest

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  • West Penwith is of special interest to birdwatchers, providing diverse habitats and attracting a wide variety of birds. It is a stopping place for migrants, and home to the wondrous choughs that are recolonising the cliffs around Cape Cornwall, Cot Valley, and Pendeen, as well as the Lizard to the south. The surrounding sea is home to seals and dolphins as well as basking sharks. Minke whales have been seen recently off Porthgwarra, six miles or so away.


  • Artists have famously drawn inspiration from the extraordinary quality of colour and light in Penwith. St Just is a thriving art community, and Frankie has her studio in her house, and her ceramics workshop in a small barn to the rear. In St Just and Penzance there are many excellent galleries, and thirteen miles away along the dramatic North Coast Road is St Ives with its Tate Gallery, Hepworth Museum, art colony, and of course harbour and sandy beaches.


  • The St Just area is rich in prehistoric sites including (to name but a few!) the remains of Neolithic burial mounds such as Ballowall barrow and the quoits at Lanyon, Mulfra and Chûn; the Bronze Age stone circles of the Merry Maidens, Tregeseal and Boscawen-ûn, the famous Men-an-Tol holed stone; and the spectacular Iron Age hillforts and cliff castles at Chûn, Kenidjack and Treen, and the villages at Carn Euny and Chysauster. Dating to medieval times are the beautiful crosses at Sancreed and the mysterious holy wells at Madron and Sancreed with their overhanging trees hung with offerings to the spirit of the well (clouties). Tin and copper have been extracted from the cliffs around St Just since the Bronze Age and the better preserved mining remains can still be explored.

Outdoor pursuits

  • Walking
    Golf (and indoor pool) near Cape Cornwall, half a mile or so away.
    Surfing and swimming at Sennen and St Ives

Scenic trips - bus and plane

  • In summer months an open topped bus can take you on a stunning circular route, travelling along the North Coast Road via Gurnards Head and Zennor to St Ives, across to Marazion, Penzance, Newlyn, Porthcurno and Lands End, and back to St Just via Sennen Cove.

    Land's End airport is a mile and a half away, and provides scenic flights as well as flights to the Isles of Scilly.

Links to local events and services in and around St Just


  • Frankie Webb - Frankie's paintings, drawings, and ceramics. Online Gallery.


  • A community festival, with twelve hours of live music and entertainment. Details of events, the town and accommodation.


  • The Star Inn: Just down the road, and full of tradition, character and immense charm. One of the oldest pubs in the town, the Star Inn has been used in several television and film roles, and is well known in the area for its excellent West Country ales. It is one of the few pubs left in the country that only sell wines, spirits & of course well kept beer! About 300 yards from Sparrows.


  • St Just Town Council website, with downloadable town guide.


  • Cornwall's archaeological heritage - a field guide to accessible sites.


  • St Ives Tate Gallery, and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden - information on exhibitions and opening times.


  • Local weather forecasts, shipping forecasts, daily reports on rare bird sightings,
    news of the Sennen Cove lifeboat, and much more.


  • Famous outdoor theatre with beautiful ocean backdrop on the cliffs above Porthcurno. Full programme of productions. Open daily. Cafe.


  • Charming self-catering holiday cottage in nearby Carnyorth.

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