Penzance

Overview

Introduction

Penzance, England, located 65 mi/105 km southwest of Plymouth, is a fairly small town whose granite houses sit perched on a hill above a busy fishing harbor. It was the setting for Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta Pirates of Penzance.

Visit the Chysauster Ancient Village (a collection of houses and structures built between the second century BC and the second century AD), the Penlee House Museum (set in subtropical gardens) and the Egyptian House (with its unusual facade). The peninsulas on either side of Penzance are great for walkers, especially along the coastline of the Lizard Peninsula to the east.

While in the area, be sure to visit St. Michael's Mount, in the bay opposite Marazion, and the picturesque village of St. Ives, with its interesting art museums, including an architecturally stunning branch of the Tate Gallery.

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