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With its sub-tropical gardens, busy working port, superb promenade and charming shopping streets, Penzance has enormous appeal. Easy reached by road and rail and with helicopter and ferry links to the Isles of Scilly, Penzance is the ideal centre for touring the area.
The town has many historic buildings to loiter over, particularly the picturesque chapel street, with its antique shops and the gleaming colours of the National Trust owned Egyptian House. A plaque at No. 25 marks the home of the mother of the Bronte sisters, Maria Branwell. The street leads down to the sea and memories of pirates and bygone centuries still linger with the Admiral Benbow, the old Turk’s Head pub and the rich display of the maritime museum.
There are charming Regency squares and terraces as well as charming Victorian buildings including the Market House and St John’s Hall, which houses the Royal Geological Society Museum.
Penzance boasts the only promenade in Cornwall on which the Victorian Jubilee Open Air Bathing Pool is to be found.
Penzance’s neighbour in the western corner of the magnificent Mounts Bay is Newlyn, the premiere fishing port in the south west. Here a remarkable combination of busy industry and Cornish tradition creates a fascinating world.
The Penlee lifeboat is moored in the harbour and the old lifeboat house, situated on the cliff between Newlyn and Mousehole remains in memory of the Soloman Browne boat and its crew lost in 1981.
Newlyn is also famous for the Newlyn Orion Art Gallery which houses local work.
The moors behind Madron village abound with ancient relics, one of the most imposing being Ding Dong Mine engine house, which has recently been carefully renovated.
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