About the town of Marazion
The ancient market town of Marazion is an excellent base for exploring the many vibrant attractions of Cornwall. Marazion itself has a lot to offer the visitor.
Visit www.marazion.info for more information about Marazion.
The world-famous St. Michael’s Mount is just a quarter of a mile away, accessed by foot at low water or regular ferry service. With its spectacular castle dating back to the 12th century in parts, the island is a delight to visit. The island village has a charming Victorian harbour and wonderful views of Mount’s Bay.
St Michael’s Mount
St. Michael’s Mount is a National Trust property and is open Sunday to Friday from April to October (closed Saturdays). Admission is free to National Trust members (including weekends).
On (and in) the water
Of course, being situated in Mount’s Bay (one of the seven best bays in the world), there are many water-based things to do. Marazion itself offers a clean, safe sandy bathing beach that is dog-free in the summer months. Children can also keep themselves amused at the popular play area near the beach.
Further away from the town, windsurfing and kitesurfing are available with Mount’s Bay offering some of the best conditions in Europe.
On foot or by bicycle
Marazion is a great place to stay if you are a keen (or casual) walker or cyclist. Situated on the South West Coast Path, Cornwall Coastal Path and the St Michael’s Way, Marazion offers easy access to some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the UK. There is also a whole network of local footpaths and bridleways to explore.
The Cornish Way cycle path provides an easy, safe cycle route from Marazion to Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole or further afield. Blue Horizon offers a bike hire service to its guests.
The RSPB operates Marazion Marsh reserve with Cornwall’s largest reedbed with breeding Reed, Sedge and Cetti’s Warblers, and a huge variety of plants and insects. In August and September, two special birds visit on migration – the spotted crake and aquatic warbler. The reserve is open at all times, with warden-guided walks from May to September.
Marazion and local services
Marazion has an eclectic mix of galleries, shops, post office, hotels, pubs and cafés. The town takes pride in its appearance and a ‘Marazion in Bloom’ competition ensures many houses have attractive floral displays during the summer. During the Christmas season, Marazion also gives visitors a fantastic decorative light show.
The town museum is open daily from April to September in the former fire station. Many interesting pictures and artefacts depict life in and around Marazion – it also houses the cell for the town gaol.
The following local services are available:
- There are no banks in Marazion. Cobble Corner has a cash dispenser and these are also available at Tesco Penzance and Morrisons in Long Rock. The Post Office has a free cash machine for banks from around the world and also changes currency free of charge
- Anglican church – All Saints Church, Fore Street. Services on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 9.45am
- Marazion Methodist Church, Fore Street. Service on Sunday at 10.30am
- Friends Meeting House, Back Lane
- Doctors – The Surgery, Gwallon Lane, Marazion (01736 711447)
- Hospital – West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance (24 hour Urgent Care Centre)
- Pharmacy – Baden House Pharmacy in Market Place