This town is a great starting point for excursions to St. Michael’s Mount, a 14th-century castle overlooking Mount's Bay.
Although it seems the city is dominated by St. Michael’s Mount, Marazion is also home to an interesting old town and sandy beaches. Enjoy windsurfing, sailing and other watersports off the coast or explore the quaint craft shops and galleries along the town’s main street.
No visit to Marazion is complete without a trip to the famous island and castle of St. Michael's Mount. Rising 230 feet (70 meters) above sea level, this 14th-century castle was built on the site of an earlier Benedictine chapel. Enjoy stunning views from the castle battlements. See the castle’s extensive gardens as well as the buildings around the base of the rock. Many date from between the medieval and Victoria eras.
Mount's Bay is an excellent spot for swimming, kitesurfing and other water activities. Admire the views of Lizard Peninsula and Mousehole from sandy Marazion Beach. The shimmering waters off the coast are home to dolphins, basking sharks and seals.
Walk in peaceful Marazion Marsh. A popular spot for bird-watching, the marsh is home to sparrowhawks, starlings, buzzards and over 200 other species. The area is also Cornwall’s largest reed bed, a habitat for more than 500 different types of plants.
Discover Marazion’s history at the Marazion Town Museum, which houses a fine collection of documents, manuscripts and other local artifacts. The back section of the complex once served as the town’s jail. Investigate a reconstruction of a typical cell. View the exhibit of the HMS Warspite, a battleship that served in both world wars and earned the most battle honors ever awarded to an individual ship in the Royal Navy.
Walk through Marazion’s town, where the main street is lined with gift shops, cafés, pubs and art galleries. Notice the balls on the roofs of some houses, placed here to deter witches from landing.
Marazion is located in western Cornwall. Drive or ride the train to nearby Penzance station to get here. The closest airport in Newquay serves London Gatwick, Manchester and, during the summer, other European airports.