You'll soon be wishing you had more time...

In season or out of season, the far west of Cornwall offers an abundance of things to do and see. 

Uniquely, there are three coastlines to explore - south, north and west - in close proximity. You'll find natural sandy beaches where you can take your choice between basking in the sun, exploring the rock pools and riding the surf. Marazion's beach - just a few minutes walk away from The Silver House, is among the best; but if you want some alternatives: Sennen, near Land's End, is one of the top surfing spots in the UK; Porthcurno has the most beautiful sand and the most turquoise water to be found this side of the Caribbean; and St Ives has some of the prettiest town beaches to be found anywhere. All along the nearby coast, there are countless small sandy coves waiting to be discovered.


seaweed on the beach

The walks in this part of Cornwall are legendary. If your idea of paradise is to spend the day exploring clifftops, watching seabirds, or craning your eyes for that faraway lighthouse, you won't find anywhere better. Some of the most spectacular stretches of the South West Coast Path are close to Marazion, and you will stumble across those pristine strands and cosy smugglers' inns along the way.

beautiful cornish cliffs

Penwith's towns and villages are proud places where the legacy from a history of seafaring and mining is all around you. Fishing villages like Mousehole, Lamorna, Porthleven and Prussia Cove offer charm and character in equal measure. The nearest town is Penzance, with its fine harbour and quirky shopping; while neighbouring Newlyn has a wonderful fishing harbour; and picturesque St Ives, full of galleries and gift shops, is just 15 minutes away.

lighthouse at st ives


Here are a dozen things to do while staying in Marazion:

1. stroll across the causeway at low tide to St Michael's Mount

2. visit the old mines at Pendeen that went under the sea

3. view world-class art at the Tate, St Ives

4. see the history of boats at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

5. watch an open-air clifftop play at the world-famous Minack Theatre

6. stroll round the harbour in Mousehole then enjoy star-gazy pie for supper

7. buy some fresh pilchards in Newlyn

8. go surfing for the day in Newquay

9. enjoy the quiet of the Penrose estate

10. jump on a helicopter to the Scillies

11. heat up in the tropical dome at the Eden Project

12. explore Cornwall's magical gardens