Cornish beaches: Marazion

Marazion beach is about a mile long beginning in front of the village of the same name and stretching around Mount’s Bay to the Station House pub then continuing for another two miles into Longrock and Eastern Green. The railway into Penzance runs alongside the sea from this point.

The beach itself is never very busy as most people come here to visit the castle and the impressive castle gardens, but the car parks in the village can get very busy especially during the summer with coach trips from all over the country.

Most famous for the castle in the bay which can be accessed at low tide by a causeway. St Michael’s Mount makes quite a dramatic backdrop.

It’s mostly a sandy beach with a few pebbly places and there are rock pools to explore around Chapel Rock and Marazion Harbour. The beach is popular with families and good for beginner surfers as it is quite sheltered. Facilities for sailing and windsurfing are available, with a windsurfing school situated at the far end of Marazion beach (it can get very windy!) and there is a decent playground for the youngsters above the beach.

Rock Pools near the harbour
During the winter months you can find migrating birds feeding here including Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstones and Mediterranean Gulls.

Facilities include car parks near the beach, toilets and local cafes and shops. It’s easy access on to the beach.

Dogs are not allowed on this beach during July and August (between the hours of 10am – 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

Lifeguard cover from July until September.


  1. A lovely beach (and with THAT castle as backdrop, it must be spectacular to wander around here). Great photos!

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