Holidays in Penzance
An iconic town, perhaps Penzance is best known for its connection to the opera The Pirates of Penzance. With an abundance of palm trees, characterful streets, old harbour, and unique sights such as St Michael’s Mount across the water or the Egyptian House, the town is undoubtedly picturesque. The streets are lined with independent cafes, restaurants and shops, book vendors and art galleries. Penlee House Museum displaying local art and artefacts relating to Cornwall’s art history, and the Savoy Cinema, thought to be the longest-running cinema in England, shows independent films.
Penzance has a truly fascinating history and plenty of it, as shown by landmarks throughout the town. This includes the Victorian Promenade, a statue of Sir Humphry Davy, the oldest remaining Georgian Theatre in the country, art deco lido pool, and home of Maria Branwell, mother of the Bronte sisters. Cornish history is celebrated through events held here, including Golowan and Mazey Day, derived from the pagan celebration of Midsummer. The festivities draw thousands to the town with music, craft stalls, street performances and a firework display, plus more unique happenings such as the Serpent Dance and Mock Mayor elections.
On the water, boat trips, fishing, and sea safaris are on offer, plus several of Cornwall’s most beautiful sandy beaches nearby. Of course, the town’s harbour means that fresh, locally-caught seafood is on menus of many of the great eateries there. For an authentic taste of Cornwall, why not visit Penzance?