is a town and civil parish located in Cornwall.
The town is approximately 75 miles from Plymouth
and 300 miles from London,
with a population of 20,000 people.
is well known for being the most westerly town in Cornwall. It is also a port, only 10 miles
from the sea. The town is full of many cliffs, coves and sandy beaches. Beaches
include Penzance promenade beach, Battery
Rocks beach and Newlyn beach.
popular tourist attraction in Penzance is
Penlee House-gallery and museum, which is the only Cornish public gallery
featuring Newlyn school artists. The gallery shows paintings by artists such as
Stanhope and Frank Bramley. Penlee House also hosts many exhibitions focussed
on the history and archaeology of Penzance.
Other museums throughout the area include Porthcurno
and Geevor Mining Museum
(Geevor is a tin mine museum).
of Penzance’s most famous former residents is
Sir Humphrey Davy who invented a safety lamp for miners. Another very famous
person from Penzance was Thomas Holloway, who
was a patent medicine vendor and philanthropist. He was considered to be one of
the richest men in England
in his time (he died in 1883 at the age of 83).
towns to Penzance include Mousehole (3 miles),
Newlyn (2 miles) and Pendeen (7 miles).