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Penzance Tourist Information
Penzance Guide and History
An ancient market town with one of the mildest climates in Britain, perfect for the beautiful gardens that specialise in plants that cannot be grown in the open anywhere else in England. Trengwainton Garden is a wonderful example of this, and is one of the many National Trust properties in the Penzance area.
St. Michael’s Mount
Dominating Mounts Bay is the unique island of St. Michael’s Mount, the twin of Mont Saint Michel in Normandy. On this small island stands a castle and 12th century Benedictine priory, accessible from the mainland at low tide by foot by means of a causeway. It overlooks the four miles of sandy beaches between Penzance and Marizion.
In Cornish, Penzance is know as “Pen Sans”, or “Holy Headland”, and is the heart of Penwith, the Land’s End peninsula. It radiates its long history taking in the sacking of the town by Spaniards, wonderful Regency, Georgian and Victorian architecture, fishermen’s cottages and a range of different museums and galleries. There is also a great deal of maritime knowledge stored here in many guises.
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There is no shortage of accommodation in Penzance and the surrounding area. Another of Cornwall's well established resorts, this area has a history of catering very well for holiday makers. You will find holiday parks, hotels and guest houses. Just south of Penzance you will also find The Lizard with luxury self catering at Coverack along with Helford cottages in the village overlooking the beautiful river. Holiday cottages are available from Lizard Holiday Cottages, see their website here.
Entertainment and Eating Out Guide
Penzance lives up to its reputation of being a prime holiday destination while providing much for local residents to enjoy. There are many sports that can be indulged in ranging from Canoeing, rugby and golf to sailing, diving and fishing.
Night Life in Penzance
Entertainment in Penzance also includes nightlife that is vibrant, with night clubs and pubs providing very varied music. There is a cinema and theatre in the town, while the open air Minack Theatre is only a short drive away.
Eating Out in Penzance
When it comes to eating out in Penzance, there is no chance that you will be disappointed; the town claims to have more eating places than New York (per resident that is). The Inns and pubs provide good wholesome food, and there are many fast food establishments. These compliment the variety of cuisine found here including Mongolian, Cantonese, French and Italian.
Shopping in Penzance is very good, and as the capital of West Cornwall, the town caters for the needs of all the Land’s End peninsula and much of the area to the east. It holds well over four hundred separate establishments covering every need you could imagine, and also features the impressive Wharfside Shopping Complex.
Penzance Beach and Surf Guide
Mounts Bay has good surf, but comes into its own during the winter when the North Coast can be too big. Close by are some exceptional beaches, Sennen Cove, Porthmeor at St. Ives, and Porthleven.
Connections to and from Penzance are well established and frequent with a railway and coach stations. The railway station is a eye-catching Victorian structure.
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