|St Michael's Mount, near Penzance|
Image by Sheila Russell
The town is situated in Mount's Bay and faces south-east into the English Channel, giving it a temperate climate, which is milder than most of the rest of the country. Penzance's gardens provide a colourful backdrop to the town from early spring to Late Autumn, with many sub-tropical flowers and palm trees.
The first recorded mention of the town, under the name of Pensans, was in the Assize Roll in1284, although there is evidence of Roman remains in the area.