Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Marazion claims to be the oldest town in Britain. The name Marazion is believed to be derived from the old Cornish word Marghaisewe, meaning Thursday market.
With wonderful views towards the Lizard Peninsula in one direction and Land’s End in the other, and with the fairy-tale castle of St Michael’s Mount opposite, Marazion is a justifiably popular destination.
The town is perhaps most famous because of the island and castle of St Michael’s Mount. Just a quarter of a mile offshore which at low tide you can walk to via the causeway, once walked by pilgrims, or at other times, you are able to catch one of the frequent ferryboats. The island has a harbour, shops and restaurant. The castle and gardens are open to the public with the St Aubyn family still living there.
Marazion itself has an excellent, safe, sandy beach which is ideal for swimming, sailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. The main street runs parallel to the sea and offers a variety of gift and craft shops along with art galleries.