Newlyn (Penzance), United Kingdom

Near the tip of a peninsula stretching into Mount’s Bay on the western coast of Cornwall, Newlyn is an important fishing port, and its 40-acre harbor hosts a large fleet of longline, trawlers, crabbers and other crafts. It is the southernmost town on the British mainland, and one of the places where the Cornish language endured the longest. From the 1880s into the early 20th century, the town attracted artists drawn by the light, the abundance of inspiring subject matter and inexpensive living. The Newlyn School artists were prolific and their paintings were very popular. Nearby Penzance has been a popular seaside holiday destination since the mid 19th century. It was also an important port for the famous Cornish mining industry. Today large portions of the town are conservation areas, preserving period architecture such as the Market House Old Town Hall, Chapel Street and its Union Hotel and the eccentric Egyptian House from 1830. The Morrab Gardens is a good example of the sub-tropical botanical collections that thrive in these areas, including many plants found nowhere else in the United Kingdom. The Penlee House Museum exhibits many paintings by Newlyn School artists, and the triangular Art Deco-style Jubilee Bathing Pool is a refreshing reminder of Penzance’s holiday heyday.