Nowhere sums up Cornwall's contradictions quite like Britain’s most south-westerly town, Penzance. Jump off at the final stop of the railway line and you'll find a seaside town that's full of Cornish pride and eccentric charm. While it's not as polished or packed out with visitors as its little sister St Ives, there's just as many galleries, cafes and restaurants to explore, all set alongside some of Britain's most romantic and beautiful beaches. As it's so exposed to the elements on a windy shoreline, this town is prone to moody, atmospheric weather. When the wind and rain blow, it brings its pirate-filled past to life, but when the sun comes out and the palm trees bob in the breeze, this working fishing port feels almost tropical. Pull up a deckchair.
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