Marazion is a pebbly beach with a gentle lapping tide which recedes out to the famous St Michael’s Mount. This tiny island appears to have been lifted straight out of a fairy tale, with a perfect little crescent harbour, an ancient castle, a cobbled causeway that appears and disappears twice a day and steep, wooded slopes.
Getting to St Michael’s Mount is almost as much fun as exploring the island itself. When the tide is out the causeway is exposed and it’s a 10 minute walk over the chunky, uneven cobbles to the harbour. When the island is cut off by the tide, you can catch one of the small boats that drift to and fro between the rocky piers on Marazion beach and the harbour on the Mount. These run throughout the day in spring and summer but far less frequently at other times.
Nearby, you can visit the fishing village of Mousehole which is as picturesque in summer as it is in winter, coming to life during the famous Christmas light display best enjoyed with a mulled wine in hand. All year round, there’s plenty to explore in the surrounding South West Cornwall. Penzance’s promenade, lido and shops are a short drive away, where you can enjoy the art-deco Jubilee outdoor lido. Or, pack a picnic blanket, juice, and scones to eat at the iconic Minack Theatre before sunning yourself on the tropical Porthcurno Beach.
Marazion has a great selection of eats for all appetites and tastes, from Deli-style cafes such as The Copper Spoon to contemporary pub dining at The Cutty Sark. Or, for a quick bite on the beach, grab a pasty from Philps and head to the sand.
Dogs are not allowed on Marazion beach during July and August (between the hours of 10am – 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place. The nearby Long Rock beach is dog friendly all year round, and provides a long stretch of shingly beach perfect for dog walks.
There is easy level access to the beach from the main car park. There is also a ramp down to the beach near the western car park. Sand chairs are available from St Michael’s Mount.