The ancient market town of Penzance is the locals capital of the far west of Cornwall and is set in beautiful Mounts Bay – a body of water with the majestic St Michaels Mount set in the bay.
Named “Pen Sans” in the ancient Cornish language, meaning “Holy Headland”, referring to the headland to the western side of the harbour on which a chapel was established by early Christians well over 1000 years ago!
It has always been the main commercial centre for the entire Land’s End peninsula, historically known as Penwith, and has the retail, commercial, residential and transport facilities needed for the whole area.
Penzance has two feathers to its cap, as it is both a market town and a popular tourist destination, and features an attractive promenade on its sea front. There are several historic houses in the town, amongst Regency and Georgian terraces, along with a number of museums and galleries.In a sheltered position close to the sea, Penzance enjoys the most temperate climate of the British Isles while early spring flowers; vegetables and other produce demonstrate the mild weather conditions experienced in this thriving town.
What to do in Penzance
The town of Penzance provides a wide variety of recreational, entertainment and sporting activities – both to residents and to visitors. Whether day-time or night-time, gentle or strenuous, indoors or outdoors, participant or spectator, there is something for everyone.
Penzance offers a range of restaurants, pubs and inns. There are also many fast food places serving a wide variety of food of various ethnic origins. To spend an evening at a Cornish Meadery or to eat a hot Cornish pasty at lunchtime in the traditional manner or to be served a Cornish Cream Tea at a working farm are culinary experiences not to be missed.
Gardens, both formal and informal, provide a blaze of colour from early Spring through to late Autumn with numerous sub-tropical flowers and palm trees adding to the unique nature of the local environment.
Explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history.Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and walk the causeway at low water or enjoy a short motor boat trip when the tide is in – getting to St Michael’s Mount is always an adventure.
Visiting Lands End is a memory you’ll cherish forever – arriving like so many generations before you at one of the world’s best loved landmarks. It’s a place of almost mystical beauty where the might of the Atlantic meets the towering cliffs of Cornwall – a place where nature is still one of the big attractions. Discover a myriad of wild flowers, soaring seabirds or even seals coming out to play.
Scilly Isles day trips – sail or fly from Penzance and discover some of the idyllic islands that make up the Scillies and garden lovers must not forget to visit Tresco Abbey Gardens!