Penzance

Penzance

  • Ferry and Heliport to the Scillies
  • Morrab Gardens
  • Art Galleries & Museums

Penzance is just 10 miles from Land’s End and is surrounded by Celtic culture and areas of outstanding natural beauty. It has been the main commercial centre since 1614 for the entire Land’s End peninsula, known as Penwith. Penzance features a lovely promenade along the sea front with a wide variety of shops, museums and galleries.

Penzance is also a busy port with sailings to the Scilly Isles by ferry on a daily basis – weather dependant in winter months. The Heliport is also located here with daily flights to the Isles of Scilly. It is a beautiful town and because it is sheltered it has a temperate climate that makes it warmer than most of the rest of Britain. Do take a visit around the Morrab Gardens which are sub-tropical.

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit Penzance and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

Penzance is home to the Acorn Theatre sited within a former Methodist chapel. The theatre provides a mixture of theatre, film, dance music and cabaret and is partially public funded. The Savoy is an independent cinema located in the town which opened in 1912 and was originally named the Victoria Hall Music Hall. The Savoy is one of the locations of performances sponsored by the Penwith Film Society (an arts cinema society based in the Penwith area). It is reputedly the oldest continuously used cinema in Britain.

Penzance was the birthplace of the famous chemist Sir Humphry Davy. Davy was President of the Royal Society and invented the process of electrolysis, and was the first person to isolate sodium. Today he is possibly best known as the inventor of the Miner´s Safety Lamp, or Davy Lamp. There is a statue of Davy at the top of Market Jew Street, near the house in which he was born. One of Penzance´s secondary schools is also named after this great Cornish scientist.

Full of history but very much alive today, Penzance is well worth a visit.

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