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Penzance

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Theaters · Gardens · Art Galleries

Hidden gems in Penzance

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Outdoor Activity
Kernow Coasteering
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Marine Discovery
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Art Museum
Penlee House Gallery & Museum
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
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Garden
Trengwainton Garden
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. It is the most westerly major town in Cornwall and is about west of Plymouth and west-southwest of London. Situated in the shelter of Mount's Bay, the town faces south-east onto the English Channel, is bordered to the west by the fishing port of Newlyn, to the north by the civil parish of Madron and to the east by the civil parish of Ludgvan.The civil parish includes the town of Newlyn and the villages of Mousehole, Paul, Gulval and Heamoor.Granted various royal charters from 1512 onwards and incorporated on 9 May 1614, it has a population of 21,200 (2011 census).ToponymyPenzance—Pennsans; "holy headland" in the Cornish language—refers to the location of a chapel nowadays called St Anthony's that is said to have stood over a thousand years ago on the headland to the west of what became Penzance Harbour. There are no early documents mentioning an actual dedication to St Anthony which seems to depend entirely on tradition and may be groundless. The only remaining object from this chapel is a carved figure, now largely eroded, known as "St Raffidy" which can be found in the churchyard of the parish church of St Mary's near the original site of the chapel. Until the 1930s this history was also reflected in the choice of symbol for the town, the severed "holy head" of St John the Baptist. It can still be seen on the civic regalia of the Mayor of Penzance and on several important landmarks in the town. Put Penzance at the heart of your travel plans by using our United Kingdom driving holiday planner.

Side trips from Penzance

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Island
St. Michael's Mount Marazion
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Garden
The Lost Gardens of Heligan Pentewan
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
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Beach
Fistral Beach Bar Newquay
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Eden Project Bodelva
3.6
Duration: 3 hours

Popular things to do in Penzance

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Art Gallery
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Outdoor Activity
Viking Charters
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Mermaid Pleasure Trips
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
South West Coast Path - Penzance to Marazion
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Penzance

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Garden
Morrab Gardens
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Garden
Tanglewood Wild Garden
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Chygurno Garden Lamorna
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Trewidden Garden
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Penzance

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Historic Site
Boscawen-un Stone Circle
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Ruin
Merry Maidens Lamorna
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Ruin
Lanyon Quoit Madron
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Ruin
Chysauster Ancient Village New Mill
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Penzance

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Art Gallery
The Alverton Gallery
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Art Gallery
Stoneman Gallery
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Gallery
The Exchange
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Newlyn Art Gallery Newlyn
2.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Private Tour
Guided Walking Tour of Penzance Town
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Morrab Gardens
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
Gift & Specialty Shop
The Strand Newlyn
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Polgoon Vineyard
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

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