- Penzance had its
pirates long before Gilbert and Sullivan immortalized the town.
The pier and the fort were built in the 17th century to protect
the area against them. Earlier, the town was also sacked and
destroyed by the Spanish. Penzance now is a busy, popular resort
with a climate so mild that sub-tropical plants flourish here
throughout the year.
- Sir Humphrey Davy,
inventor of the miner's safety lamp, was born here, and there is a
statue to him in Market Jew Street. The Natural History and
Antiquarian Museum in Penlee Park (open daily) offers a good
history of the town, and the Museum of Nautical Art in Chapel
Street (open April -October) has exhibits from sunken
treasure ships as well as displays of local shipbuilding.
- Three miles
along the road which skirts Eastern Green, there is along stretch
of safe, sandy beach at Marazion, a jumble of cottages among
winding streets, and palm trees.
- Dominating the small
market town is St Michaelís Mount, one of the main tourist
attractions of Cornwall. St. Michael's Mount is a quarter of a mile
offshore, it is a 363-ft granite island topped by a castellated
castle which dates from the 14th century.
- Connected to the
mainland at low tide by a causeway and at high tide (in summer
only) by a ferry, the castle is open to the public on Wednesdays
and Fridays (on Mondays also in summer), It is the residence of
Lord St.Levan From the terrace there are line views of the
Cornish coastline from the Lizard to Landís End.
- A dog ban is in place on Penzance Promenade ( to Lariggan river)
between Easter and October.
- Local towns and villages to visit..
- Land's End
- St.Michael's Mount
- Excellent shore fishing around the coast. Boats can be hired at Penzance for sea fishing..
- Surfing from Sennen Cove, St.Ives and Hayle.
Sailing and water-skiing at Penzance, Marazion and St.Ives
- Penzance Accommodation
- Penzance Caravan and Camping sites
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