Penzance is known as the most westerly major town in Cornwall which makes travellers at home with its Cornish vibe. It sits at just around 121km west of Plymouth and around 480km south-west of London. The town got its name from the chapel that was said to stand over a thousand years ago in a headland that has become the Penzance Harbour. The town literally means holy headland in the Cornish language. Penzance has since become a major tourist and commercial centre thanks to its beautiful shorelines and historic attractions.
The Telegraph Museum Porthcurno is one such attraction. It is technically located in the Porthcurno Valley but is still conveniently near to Penzance. It is a museum that aims to recount the history of communications in Cornwall. It has received several awards over the years, including the Cornwall Tourism Awards and the Tourism Excellence Awards. One can enjoy the underground World War 2 tunnels or try a functional telegraph. There are also a lot of activities that ranges from evening talks to crafting workshops. The best part is that most of them are free. The museum is around 300m from both the Porthcurno and Porthchapel beaches. One can stay one of the wonderful Cornish sea view holiday cottages or at the Stargazey apartment which is only 400 yards from the shore.
Another world famous attraction that can be found near Penzance is the Minack Theatre. It is an open-air theatre which is carved into a granite cliff. It gives people an incredible vantage point that lets them marvel at the dramatic Porthcurno Bay. The Rowena Cade Visitors Centre can also be found here. It pays tribute to the theatre's creator who built the theatre with her own hands around 80 years ago. It will be best to visit this wonder during May to September as there will be dramas, operas and musicals in this open-air theatre during this season. The Wolf Rock Holiday Apartment can be a solid choice for accommodation as it is a ground floor apartment minutes away from not just from the theatre, but within the Porthcurno beach as well. It is also ridiculously close to the mysterious Penwith moorland which is famous for its stone monuments.
The Penzance area is also home to a Cornish Mining Heritage site called the Geevor tin mine. It is among the largest preserved mine sites in the world. One can look at it as a hybrid between a mine and a museum- it covers two acres in facilities and can give you a glimpse of Cornwall's industrial past. Included in its attractions is an 18th-century underground tour, panning for gems and an interactive Hard Rock museum. The mine is around one mile away from Trevaylor Caravan & Camping Park which is the accommodation of choice for most travellers because it is conveniently located near St Just, which have a variety of pubs, supermarkets and even bakeries. The world renowned surfing spot Sennen Cove is also within a couple of minutes away from this camping site.
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