Penzance stands on the shores of Mount’s Bay at the far western end of Cornwall. Penzance has plenty of good shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Its main thoroughfare is Market Jew Street, a busy shopping street that connects with the harbour area through the Wharfside Shopping Centre. The Causewayhead is worth a visit, as is Chapel Street, an ancient thoroughfare that winds down to the seafront between handsome buildings and specialist shops.
Subtropical Morrab Gardens flourish in Penzance’s sunny aspect and mild climate. Each June the Golowan Festival celebrates the Celtic traditions of West Cornwall in spectacular style. On the outskirts of town are Treriefe and Trengwainton (NT) gardens from where gentle slopes rise steadily to the heather moorland homes of Neolithic Bronze Age man.
Penzance is the stepping off point for flights or ferries to the Isles of Scilly.
Things to see and do
* St Michael's Mount
* Trengwainton Garden (National Trust),
* Penlee House Gallery and Museum
* Newlyn Art Gallery
* Land's End
Cruise Season – March to Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (GDP)
Language – English
Land Area – 3,563 sq km Cornwall
Population – 19,000
Electricity – British-style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade
Time –GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – +44
Port Location – The Penzance harbor is a short distance from the town.
Transport Links – Penzance has an airport, heliport and main line railway terminus with daily train and coach services to destinations throughout Britain + an overnight sleeper train to London. Ferry services by air and sea operate between the town and the Isles of Scilly.
Local bus services are centred on Penzance with frequent services on routes to all outlying areas, while taxis are available from Penzance station or on call. Car rental and cycle hire allow for independant touring in the area.