Situated in the small, popular village of Marazion, the beach here is known for the iconic landmark of St. Michael’s Mount, a castle and chapel sitting on a small tidal island cut off at high tide.
The beach at Marazion is mainly sand and shingle and stretches quite some way westward towards Penzance. This mile or so long stretch of beach is dominated by the view towards St. Michael’s Mount. The beach is rarely crowded even during the peak season with the exception of the area around the mount so you can always find a spot to yourself.
The village of Marazion sits to the eastern side of the main beach with St. Michael’s Mount directly opposite the village. At low tide a causeway leading out to the Mount is exposed and you can make your way across on foot. At middle and high tide ferries and motorboats make trips back and forth.
To the western side of the beach towards the village Long Rock, Marazion marshes are opposite the beach. A designated nature reserve that boasts over 250 species of birds and 500 species of plants.
Getting To & Parking At Marazion
On the A30, east of Penzance you will come to the Long Rock roundabout. Take the exit that is signposted to Marazion. This same exit is also marked with signs for St. Michael’s Mount. Follow the road down for a short distance and you will arrive at a junction overlooking the sea. Take the left turn which is signposted to Marazion Car Parks. Follow the road for just under half a mile and you will arrive at the car parks on the right hand side.
There are a couple of car parks in Marazion in close proximity to the beach and St. Michael’s Mount so even in the busy season you should be able to find somewhere to park without too many problems
Access and Facilities
There is flat level access from the main beach car park which is suitable for pushchairs and disabled access. There are also access points throughout the village.
There are toilets close to the beach in the main beach car park. They are open daily Easter to 31st October and only open weekends from 1st November to Easter. Open October Half-term, Christmas holiday and February half-term.
Lifeguard Patrol and Swimming at Marazion
There is a RNLI lifeguard patrol stationed at Marazion during the summer, between the start of July and the end of September. For more detailed times please check on the RNLI website before visiting the beach.
The main Marazion beach is fairly sheltered and slopes gently so swimming is generally safe here. It is advisable to only bathe in the area designated by the lifeguard patrol and in calm sea conditions.
Marazion isn’t renowned as a surfing beach. In the right conditions with a fairly large swell there can be some waves to found but generally the sea remains calm throughout the summer. The beach slopes fairly gently making the waves shallow.
Dogs are only allowed on the beach during the off season. Between the months from the end of April until the end of September dogs are not allowed on the beach between 7:00am and 7:00pm. There is a beach further along past St. Michaels Mount walking from the car park called the Top Town beach where dogs are allowed throughout the year with no restrictions.