Penzance is located in Cornwall and is one of the more well known market towns. There are excellent examples of a variety of different architectural styles throughout Penzance, including Georgian and Regency architecture. One of the more popular attractions is Morrab Gardens, a well known sub-tropical public garden. The harbor is also a popular spot among tourists who like to gather and watch the ballet of the waves as they make their way up to the sea wall. There are ample shops, hotels, restaurants and pubs throughout Penzance to make any visitor feel more than welcome during their stay.
Penzance faces out onto Mount's Bay in Cornwall on England's south coast. The town is home to over 20,000 people and has been a settlement since at least the Iron Age, when Lescudjack Hill Fort was originally constructed. The town was granted the status of market town by Henry IV.
Although Penzance used to rely on fishing and mining, it is now mainly a tourist destination. Much of the town is subject to conservation orders to preserve its historic looks. These include the harbour areas of Newlyn and Mousehole.
The main promenade runs along the seafront and includes the open air Jubilee Pool, which is a seawater swimming pool that was built at the start of the twentieth century.
The Golowan Festival takes place in the town every June. It is a traditional Cornish midsummer festival and the streets of the town come alive with parades and processions as well as a number of traditional live music events and other street entertainment. There is also a large firework display on Mazey Eve, the first day of the festival. Thousands of people visit for the festival which means that it pays to make sure that your hotel room is booked well in advance if you plan to stay when it is held.
The Montol Festival is held in Penzance every winter, towards the end of December. It reinterprets many of the traditional midwinter Cornish traditions and Penglaz, the Penzance 'Obby 'Oss is one of these. It was first described in the nineteenth century and lurches out into the festival out of the surrounding darkness, adding to the excitement of the festival. You can also witness traditional mummers plays at the event and there are regular performances of traditional Cornish Christmas carols.