We’re on a mission to make this historic gem, winding up from the quayside, high on everyone’s list.
So many people visit Penzance and miss quirky Chapel Street. We’re on a mission to make this historic gem, winding up from the quayside, high on everyone’s list.
The oldest building is the Turks Head pub (1233). It somehow survived a Spanish raid that torched the rest in 1595. There’s the Admiral Benbow, famously featured in Treasure Island and filled with artifacts from Cornish shipwrecks. On the roof there’s a gun toting smuggler and both here and the Turks had tunnels providing escape to the beach.
The beautiful and bizarre reds, gold and greens of the Egyptian House greet you near the top of the street. Over the road is the Union Hotel, patronized by Dickens and home to the first announcement of British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar (and the death of Nelson).
Local knowledge: If you ask Huwey at the Union nicely, he might let you take a peek at Nelson’s death mask in the Assembly Room.