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Penzance in General
Member Name: Ann J Sec
Penzance in General
Date: 15/01/01, updated on 15/01/01 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Plenty to do during any bad weather
Disadvantages: Not pretty and touristy if you like that sort of thing
As a lover of Cornwall in general, it is rather hard to know why I particularly like Penzance as it certainly isn't a pretty fishing village, nor does it have huge beaches with high surf, but like it I do, for the following reasons.
Firstly,Penzance has a unique character from all the other larger towns in Cornwall.It has a colourful harbour which is always full of cargo and travel vessels as well as smaller fishing boats.The harbour itself overlooks St Michael's Mount which can be approached at low tide by foot from Marazion, a small village a mile or two away from Penzance.On a fine day St Michaels Mount stands out beautifully in a clear blue calm sea and on a stormy day it is still a quite spectacular sight with the waves crashing against the sides of the rock beneath which the Monastery stands.
There is a good selection of shops in Penzance, although you will find many of the larger stores are located in Truro. A new shopping arcade has recently opened however and I believe Littlewoods and W.H.Smith can now be located there.I personally find the back streets of Penzance far more appealing. These still retain the essence of the fishing village it once was with narrow roads and cobblestones. It is down these back roads that you will come across old worlde fishermen's pubs, indeed one pub I visited last year had a resident seagull who came for his dinner regularly each day. If you do ever visit this area,look out for the model pirate with his telescope looking out to sea. You will find him located on the roof of one of these small back street pubs.
There are many restaurants or cheaper cafes to eat in. I would recommend you walk along the seafront to the the little teashop almost next door to the Arcade if you want a reasonable and decent cheap meal or drink. It has changed its name recently so I'm not sure what it is now called, but it is the only teashop by the arcade and the walk along the prom is very invigorating
There are things to do in Penzance for all the family. As I've stated above, there is an arcade for all the betting machine addicts. There is even a really good bowling alley where the kids can play indoors while mum and dad have a tea or coffee overlooking the harbour....(great on a rainy day).Here you will also find games like ludo, etc., for them to play with free of charge to pass away an hour or so.
On a fine day, the outdoor swimming pool is now open again, having been cleaned and maintained over the last couple of years and if you really must have a beach, there is a small one in Penzance although it certainly isn't one of Cornwall's best.
For antique lovers, there are dozens, located throughout the back streets where it is often possible to pick up a bargain if you look carefully.
Although I don't personally actually stay in Penzance,it is an ideal touring location as
almost all of Cornwall is easily reached from here, perhaps with the exception of the far North and South. St Ives is a very short drive away, as is Hayle, Mousehole and Porthleven. Indeed the places it is possible to visit are too many for me to talk about here.
It is also possible to visit the Isles of Scilly from Penzance, travelling either by ship or helicopter. Personally, I found the
boat journey, long and tedious and would not recommend it for anyone with small children, especially if they are only planning to stay one day on the Isles....it just isn't worth it as the journey is about 2/3 hours.
I wont keep writing, I personally feel if an opinion is too long it becomes a little boring, but take my advice if you are visiting Cornwall and go to Penzance at least for a day, it is well worth the experience.