Penzance is a port in Cornwall, UK, facing south east onto the English Channel. Granted various Royal Charters from 1512 onwards and Incorporated in 1614, it has a population of about 20,000 people.
Penzance is twinned with Concarneau, Brittany, Bendigo, Australia and Nevada City California.
Situated in the shelter of the sweeping Mount's Bay, Penzance is bordered to the west by the fishing port of Newlyn and stretches towards the small town of Marazion to the east.
The town's location gives it a unique subtropical climate, much warmer then most of the rest of England.
The name Penzance is derived from the Cornish pen sans, meaning "holy headland", as a chapel (St Anthony's) once stood on the point to the west of the harbour more than a millennium ago.
Penzance is currently the principal town on the Penwith peninsula.
Penzance is the home of the two main links to the Isles of Scilly, namely a foot passenger ferry service (The Scillonian) and a passenger helicopter service.
Places of interest in Penzance include Penlee House - an art gallery and museum, notable for its collection of paintings by members of the Newlyn School.
The sub-tropical Morrab Gardens are notable for their range of tender trees and shrubs many of which could not be grown outdoors anywhere else in the UK.
The surrounding Regency and Georgian terraces and houses are only tainted by the shadow of the nearby seven-storey 1960s government offices.
Chapel Street, the former main street of Penzance includes many sites of interest including the Egyptian House, The Union Hotel (site of a georgian theatre), The Turks Head Inn and The Branwell House where the Mother and Aunt of the famous Bronte sisters once lived.
Also of interest is the sea front with its promenade and Jubilee Bathing Pool harking back to Penzance's heyday at the turn of the century as a fashionable seaside resort.
It is the home of fictional pirates in Gilbert and Sullivan's play The Pirates of Penzance; at the time the play was written Penzance was peaceful enough that the very idea of its being overrun by pirates was amusing.
Every June, for the last 15 years the Golowan festival, including Mazey Eve, Mazey Day and Quay Fair Day, is held throughout the town.
For a more information about Penzance see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penzance) November 2005
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