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Penzance

Picture above of Penzance harbour courtesy of Fine Art Prints On Demand

Museums and Galleries

Penlee House Gallery and Museum:  Opening times 10:00 to 17:00 (last admission 16:30)

The museum rotates its exhibitions but it specializes in artisits that have had a major impact on the cornish artistic scene.  There is always an exhibition celebrating the Newlyn school of art.  Newlyn is a small fishing village just a few kilometres outside of Penzance.  The spectacular scenery has attracted artists since the 1880s.  A colony of artists settled there attracted by cheap accommodation, a train link to London and a willing supply of locals prepared to model.  The colony became known as the "Newlyn School".

St Michael's Mount - Castle and Gardens:  Opening times 10:30 to 17:30 (6 Days a week - CLOSED SATURDAYS) 

This is just 4 km walk away opposite Marazion (there are regular bus services from Penzance to Marazion 17B).  It is one of Cornwall's must see attractions (in my view one of the very best).  It is a tidal island, accessible by causway at low tide but completely cutoff from mid tide onwards.  The island houses a small village as well as some beautiful gardens and a stunning castle, part of which is still lived in by the St Aubyn family, who along with National Trust run the whole island.  There is a cafe and a restaurant on the island.

Eating Out

Lots of good eating places.  An excellent restaurant is The Bakehouse (Chapel Street).  The Turks Head (also on Chapel Street) is one of Cornwall's oldest pubs (it dates back to the 13th century), it serves excellent food and is absolutely full of atmosphere of old Cornwall.