Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Marazion claims to be the oldest town in Britain. The name Marazion is believed to be derived from the old Cornish word Marghaisewe, meaning Thursday market.
With wonderful views towards the Lizard Peninsula in one direction and Land’s End in the other, and with the fairy-tale castle of St Michael’s Mount opposite, Marazion is a justifiably popular destination.
Marazion itself has an excellent, safe, sandy beach which is ideal for swimming, sailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. The main street runs parallel to the sea and offers a variety of gift and craft shops along with art galleries.
St Michael's Mount
The town is perhaps most famous because of the island and castle of St Michael’s Mount. Just a quarter of a mile offshore which at low tide you can walk to via the causeway, once walked by pilgrims, or at other times, you are able to catch one of the frequent ferryboats. The island has a harbour, shops and restaurant. The castle and gardens are open to the public with the St Aubyn family still living there.
St Michael's Mount is a spectacular tidal island topped with a medieval castle and church which is linked to the town of Marazion by a man made causeway of granite setts. The causeway is passable between mid-tide and low water with a boat ferry service at other times.
Benefitting from a rich history you can explore the small village community, harbour, shop and cafe before taking the steep walk up to the stunning castle and church where the astonishingly beautiful gardens can be viewed which contain a variety of unlikely rare plants which flourish due to the unique microclimate created by the mounts position.