It is set between the moors and the rugged cliffs of the Atlantic coast, but has sandy coves.
The parish church, partly Norman, has a portrait of a mermaid on a bench end. Local legend says that she fell in love with the squire`s son and took him to live beneath the ocean with her.
During the First World War, D. H. Lawrence and Frieda, his German wife, took a cottage at Zennor, but they were assumed to be spies and driven away.
Zennor Head has spectacular cliffs.
Zennor Quoit, on the moors, is a large table tomb of the Neolithic period, about 2000 BC.
In the village is the fascinating Zennor Wayside Museum.