10 Things to Do in Marazion

Peach coloured sunset over St Michaels Mount

10 Things to Do in Marazion

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It’s got a massive castle in the sea. How’s that for starters?

Marazion is one of those destinations that actually lives up to the name ‘picture perfect’. It is among the oldest charted towns in the UK – incorporated by Henry III in 1257 – and you’ll really get a feel for times gone by in its narrow, cobbly streets.

If you’re looking for more active things to do in Marazion, you can move swiftly on to the adrenaline rush of wind surfing, paddleboarding and endless sporty pursuits – the town is a great centre for physical activity in and out of the sea.

And then there’s the castle. Everything, eventually, leads to the spectacular St Michael’s Mount, which dominates Mount’s Bay. You simply have to see it. Sometimes its gleaming in the sunshine. Sometimes it’s lit up at night. Sometimes it’s wrapped in a cloak of mist. But it’s always beguiling.

Here’s 10 things to do in Marazion: one of the world’s most Instagrammable towns.

1) Visit St Michael’s Mount

Originally the site of a Benedictine Monastery, the castle on this tidal island dates from the 14th Century. Depending on the tide, you can walk across the cobbled causeway or take a boat. Pootle around the pretty little village and harbour, then ascend up the zig-zagging cobbled path to what really does feel like a magical, mythical world. The castle is packed with swords, armour and history, and the views back to Marazion and Penzance are magnificent. Definitely number one among things to do in Marazion. It’s important to book ahead – check out the National Trust website for more information.

2) Soak up the rays (and views) on the beach

Marazion has a lovely long stretch of beach, ideal for laying down your towels and soaking it all in. This can be a perfect beach to take your kids paddling too – at low tide you can walk a long way out and still be no deeper than your thighs. Meanwhile, there’s that view of the Mount and the Lizard beyond, and plenty of spots nearby for refreshments. Bliss!

3) Take the plunge in the bay

Marazion is an internationally renowned windsurfing spot and, in more recent years, kite-surfing, paddleboarding and kayaking have become hugely popular things to do in Marazion. There are plenty of hire and instruction options locally. Just make sure you have someone placed strategically on shore to take that oh-so Instagrammable pic of you in action, St Michael’s Mount as a backdrop. Legendary stuff.

4) Go rock pooling

When you’ve done looking up and around, it’s time to peer downwards. At mid and low tide, Marazion is a fabulous spot for rock pooling with the kids. One of the best places has to be east of the causeway. You can easily spend an hour or two gazing down into those limpid pools.

5) Step into the past at Marazion Museum

This little gem of a museum has done a wonderful job of preserving some of the town’s ancient municipal past, with town regalia and artifacts aplenty. It gets massive keep-the-kids-entertained bonus points too via the section at the back: it was once the town gaol and the reconstruction of a typical cell is fascinating.  

6) Browse the arty galleries

Being right on the water, the light in Marazion is fantastic. Perhaps that’s what’s inspired the artist’s palette of galleries lining the streets. Original art, pottery, glass, ceramics and jewellery are all on offer. Or just pick up a unique card to remind yourself of your own potterings about the town.

7) Gaze over Marazion Marshes

This small reedbed looked after by the RSPB is a big attraction for our avian friends. See the Cetti’s warbler, chiffchaff, grey heron, little egret and starling. ‘Starling?’ you say. ‘The common starling?’ Well, admittedly, one starling might not impress that much, but thousands upon thousands murmurating and turning patterns in the evening sky – as they do here at times – is one of the wonders of the natural world. October to December is the time to watch this extravaganza, but scour the bird groups online, because it won’t happen every year.

8) Walk the St Michael’s Way

This coast-to-coast ‘little pilgrimage’ from Lelant to St Michael’s Mount is a stunning nature walk spilling over with history and legend. You’ll discover ancient stones, holy wells and miraculous goings-on in a land of saints and giants. And the best thing is that you end your walk at St Michael’s Mount. What a finale! Find out more here.

9) Walk the causeway

The causeway out to the Mount really does deserve an entry all of its own. With the cobbled pathway heading out towards the sea and the castle, there’s something Wizard of Oz-like about this short walk. Depending on the tide, you may find the sea splashing your sandals. Exhilarating, yes, but be careful of the tides – if in doubt, seek out a local for advice.

10) Cycle to Penzance (and back)

One of the best things to do in Marazion is to arrive in town after a picture-perfect cycle on the South West Coast path from Penzance. This perfectly flat 2.7m cycle route snakes right against the shoreline, with views of St Michael’s Mount ahead and picturesque Penzance behind. There are opportunities for hot drinks, soft drinks and alcoholic refreshments on route. If you’re staying in Penzance (definitely your top choice for excursions around Cornwall) you can cycle from the bus station to Marazion, check out the town and Mount, and head back to PZ again in time for dinner. Job done! Find out more about the route here.

Penzance: an ideal base for your Marazion visit

If you’re thinking about visiting Marazion, why not make a base at nearby Penzance? This iconic port town is legendary for its nautical atmosphere, pubs and bars, and vibrant local culture. It’s also perfectly situated for day trip to Cornish top spots: Land’s End, St Ives, St Just, Mousehole, and many more famous Cornish days out.

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