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Penzance (pen-sans– ‘the holy headland’) is located at the ‘toe’ of England, stands on the north west shore of Mounts Bay, approximately 10 miles from Lands End and commands the expanse of the famous bay.
Penzance is the largest town in west Cornwall, and boasts many fine old buildings, dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries, particularly along Chapel Street.
Penzance’s tour de force is the exotically fronted Egyptian House, which was built in 1830, while a few doors away, the Penzance Maritime Museum houses a colourful collection of nautical memorabilia.
Penzance harbour makes for an interesting visit, especially when it is crowded with visiting boats and yachts, or the occasional naval vessel.
The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company are based here so if you fancy a sea trip you can catch the Scillonian III from the Lighthouse Pier for a day trip or longer stay to the Isles of Scilly. Sadly you can’t now take the helicopter as the heliport, just outside and east of Penzance was closed in Autumn of 2012, but you can still take a light aircraft from Land’s End airport which is just 2 miles away from Cape Cornwall.