YHA Penzance

Castle Horneck, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8TF


From Cornish myths to WW2 history, Penzance is a location with stories to tell. Stay with us for a fantastic school trip, or explore the South West Coast Path for the walking weekend of your dreams. This gorgeous Georgian mansion has a stylish café bar, a fun games room and magnificent grounds. We’re fully equipped for groups and have mod cons like free Wi-Fi, TV and individual bunk lights.

Our licensed bar lets you enjoy the Cornish sunshine with a glass of Pimms and there’s group catering available for every meal of the day. We’re happy to help schools arrange an action-packed adventure here, or advise you on some of the amazing walking, cycling and watersports nearby.

Penzance has great travel links, so it’s easy to visit top attractions like St Michael’s Mount or see a show at the breathtaking Minack Theatre. You could also visit other famous locations like St Ives, Land’s End and the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. Whether you’re learning to ride the waves at Sennen Cove Surfing School or climbing along our extraordinary coast, there’s a lot to enjoy.

Why Groups love YHA Penzance

Georgian mansion with gardens

"Excellent" - 91%

Customer satisfaction based on 143 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 101

Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our youth hostels across England and Wales.

Find out more about Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded


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Packages available at YHA Penzance

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Bolt-ons available at YHA Penzance

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Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Camping and cabins
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Computer access
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge


  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & drink:

  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

How to get here

Castle Horneck, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8TF

By car:
Do not go through the town centre. Car drivers follow the A30 and turn at the Polgoon Vineyard and Castle Horneck signs and take the left lane.

On foot:
Walk through the town centre, turn right before the Pirate Pub and proceed up Castle Horneck Road.

OS Map: 203
OS Grid Ref: SW457302
Latitude: 50.117926
Longitude: -5.557929
YHA Penzance