Trains to Penzance arrive along a beautiful coastal track, and when visitors exit the station, they find themselves looking directly at the sea. It couldn't be more appropriate: the transport of fresh goods played a major role in the development of the Cornish Main Line, and fish was chief among them. Tourism followed, with Victorian society drawn to the town's scenic setting, sea air and surprisingly mild climate – look out for the exotic palms growing on the station forecourt.
Though trains have served Penzance since 1852, the current station building, in the east of the town, went up in the 1880s, with improvements to the ticket office and refreshment facilities in 1937 and 1983. Visitors tumble out near the city-centre's winding streets and shops, just a short walk along the promenade away. Alverton Road and Market Jew Street share a good mix of major retailers and independent boutiques, and you'll find quaint pubs and small galleries on the side streets.