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Egyptian House is a fascinating building on Penzances' oldest Street. It is rather an incongruous sight and very beautiful. It was built by the mineriologist John to house a geological museum and now belongs to the landmark trust. Alongside the hiroglyphics on the outside run the crests of George III and IV and William IV.

Penzance is not a massive town, but it is the biggest in the Land's End peninsula ( also known as Penwith). The harbour is the most westerly on The Channel and is split into two parts. The outer area is tidal and contains luxury yachts to tiny row boats. The small inner harbour is enclosed and houses a shipwrights and repair dock. Watching the massive Scily Isles ferry Scilonia III manouver its way in hilarious and seems to be a local past-time.
Every summer thousands of tourists flock here for sun, sand, sea and of course the great views across Mounts Bay. Penzance is the place to come to catch the ferry Scililonia III or the helicopter to the Scily Isles.
The original spelling was Pen-Sans which means Holyhead in old Cornish. It refers to the now eroded headland on the site of Battery Rocks where stood the tiny chapel of St Anthony.
Until the town recieved its Charter of Incorporation from James II in 1614, it was overshadowed by nearby Mousehole.

Penzance has the only promenade in Cornwall. It stretches from the towns station right down towards Newlyn, passing Penzance's harbour and dry dock and is a beautiful walk on a sunny day. On windy days the sea can blow right over the promenade so wear your waterproofs!

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  • Pros:Views, summer weather, winter storms,
  • Cons:Crowded in summer,
  • Intro Updated Mar 16, 2003
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