What to do, where to go, in and around Marazion

Marazion feels like a village, yet claims to be the oldest town in Britain. It is certainly a special place: the situation at the centre of Mount's Bay, with a stone causeway linking the iconic landmark of St Michael's Mount to the mainland, is like nowhere else. At low tide you can walk out across the causeway to the Mount, and visit the castle, which is managed by the National Trust, and still occupied by the St Aubyn family. There are excellent views of St Michael's Mount from the holiday cottage. When the tide is in, small boats ferry visitors to and fro. This is one part of Cornwall that has not lost its charm.

St Michaels Mount

Marazion has one of Cornwall's best beaches, which stretches four miles to Penzance, and is safe for bathing and swimming. It's also popular for surfing, sailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. You may even be lucky enough to see the locals racing in gigs - traditional Cornish six-oared rowing boats that were among the first lifeboats in the 17th century. Behind the beach, Marazion has an area of marsh and wetlands, protected as a nature reserve, which attracts bird watchers from around the country.

Marazion street

Marazion has an enviable selection of excellent restaurants, cosy pubs, cafés and tea-rooms as well as numerous art galleries and quirky little gift shops.You'll find an excellent baker, a general store, a  chemist and Post Office to meet all your daily needs, or you can pop in to nearby Penzance.

Just 50 yards away from The Silver House, is the Fire Engine Arms, where you can enjoy a hearty meal and a pint of Cornish beer at lunchtime or in the evening. Also close by is the Mount Haven Hotel, which has an excellent restaurant with two AA rosettes. In the centre of Marazion, the Godolphin Arms has fantastic views of the Mount from its restaurant, while the Gig Bar and its terrace are a favourite spot for drinks. If you fancy something less formal, why not pick up fish and chips, or a pasty from Phipps' famous bakery? Or if you prefer to eat at home, you can always pick up basic groceries at Cobble Corner.