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Cornwall is a county of contradictions and nowhere sums them up quite like far-flung Penzance. It’s both charming and rough around the edges. It’s not as polished and teeming with tourists as its neighbour St Ives, but there are loads of creative and culinary gems to be uncovered. Exposed to the elements, Britain’s most south-westerly town is prone to moody, atmospheric weather that brings its pirate-peppered past to life, but when the sun comes out and the palm trees bob in the breeze, this real-life fishing port can feel almost tropical.
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