The name Pensans, from which Penzance's colourful modern name derives, came into use during the 13th century. Pensans means 'Holy Headland' and translates from the Cornish words 'pen' meaning 'head' or 'end' and 'sans' meaning 'holy'.
During its history Penzance prospered as a market town and port, and naturally derived much benefit commercially (especially with regard to the tourist industry) from the time a railway link to London was opened in 1866.
On the rugby front, Penzance RFC was formed in 1876, Newlyn RFC in about 1894, and the combined Penzance & Newlyn RFC in 1945. The name Cornish Pirates was adopted in 2005 as the first team name of Penzance & Newlyn RFC.
WE play our games at the Mennaye Field, Penzance, which is an historic and popular rugby ground that has recently been considerably upgraded to provide improved facilities for supporters.
Catering facilities around the ground serve a variety of locally sourced food, including the World Famous Cornish Pasty!
Match Day Hospitality offers a top class hospitality setting.
Experience the pre-match atmosphere, make use of the private bar and enjoy a three course meal before watching the game from some of the best seats in the house.
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Where To Stay
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Recommended places to visit in Penzance include:
In this street is the remarkable facade of the Egyptian House. Also, there's the Union Hotel, where the first public announcement of Lord Nelson's death was made in 1805, and near the bottom of the street there is the one-time home of Maria Branwell, the mother of the literary Bronte sisters.
Two hostelries of interest, which they will surely be to many, are the Turk's Head Inn and the Admiral Benbow, who lay claim to having old smugglers' tunnels leading from them to the harbour.
This is a haven of green lawns, ponds, and winding pathways interspersed with flowerbeds sand shrubs.
Also located in the gardens is the Morrab Library, which holds approximately 50,000 volumes and is open to visitors for a modest charge.
Of other gardens in the area, the National Trust's Trengwainton Gardens near Madron is noted for its exotic blooms.
Another substantial space in the middle of the town where the tennis club and the Penlee House and Museum is sited, which is well worth a visit.
The gallery's collection of paintings is the largest in West Cornwall and features work by famous Newlyn School artists such as Stanhope Forbes. Other art galleries worthy of a visit include the Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange Gallery.
Market Jew Street
A statue of Sir Humphry Davy, whose most famous invention was the miner's safety lamp, looks down this main street in the centre of the town. Causewayhead is another popular shopping place, as is the Wharfside Shopping Centre.
Sir Humphry Davy gets a wash
Out & About
West Cornwall offers a combination of the best coastal and moorland walking in Cornwall, whilst cycling routes and water activities are also aplenty
The wider parish of Penzance incorporates a number of charming villages that include Gulval, Paul, the major fishing port of Newlyn, and Mousehole, the archetypal image of an old Cornish fishing harbour.
Early Evening At Newlyn Harbour
Marazion and the spectacular St.Michael's Mount lie to the east of Penzance, whilst other places to visit include Lamorna, Treen and the Logan Rocfk, Porthcurno (with its dramatic open-air Minack Theatre), Land's End, Sennen, St. Just and St. Ives.
The list is plentiful, not forgetting other villages and towns in Cornwall (and the Isles of Scilly), and numerous attractions such as the Eden Project.