Penzance stands on the south
facing shores of the beautiful Mounts Bay. It is a
market town with a wealth of history, making it an
interesting holiday venue.
Penzance (the name derived from
the Cornish language "Pen Sans" meaning Holy
Headland) is the centre of the regional district
of Penwith "The furthest end". Within this
district are a host of attractions including St
Michael's Mount and Lands End.
Penzance began as a fishing community at the
headland, next to the current harbour. This small
area has been inhabited for over a millennium
although records do not name Penzance until the
13TH century. From this period the town grew in
importance with the town receiving its
Royal Charter from James 1 in 1614.
The town makes a great holiday base, from which
one can visit the attractions of Penwith.
Additionally it is itself an interesting
attraction with its promenade and selection of
museums and galleries.
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