The friendly bustling port of Penzance is at the northern end of Mount’s Bay, it has the only promenade in Cornwall and it is a long one with wonderful views. The harbour is small but busy with fishing boats, sightseeing boats and the passenger ferry to the Isles of Scilly. Behind the waterfront are small streets and lanes filled with houses, shops, art galleries, restaurants and pubs – plenty to explore.
Chapel Street with its mix of handsome Georgian and Regency houses including the flamboyant Egyptian House is a great place to wander. Market Jew Street derives its name from the Cornish ‘Marghas Yow’ which means Thursday market; the street has a raised granite terrace and a domed Market House. At the end of the street is a statue of Sir Humphrey Davy, the inventor of the miners’ safety lamp.
Morrab Gardens are near the seafront and were landscaped in Victorian times with subtropical plants. The Penlee House Gallery and Museum is home to many works of art by the 19th and early 20th C Newlyn based artists. The Exchange is a contemporary art space opened in 2007 in conjunction with the Newlyn School of Art; the building is the town’s old telephone exchange.
Place to visit and things to do near Penzance
Beaches near Penzance include Perranuthnoe, Praa Sands, Kenneggey Sands, Lamorna Cove, Marazion and Longrock.
Houses and Gardens to visit near Penzance; Godolphin House, St Michael’s Mount, Trereife House, Trengwainton Garden, Tremenheere Sculpture Park and Trewidden Garden.
For a taste of Cornish Cider and a tour around the orchards and vineyards visit Polgoon just outside Penzance.
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