The ancient market town of Marazion
Although only the size of a village Marazion is in fact one of the oldest chartered towns in Cornwall. The first charter of incorporation was granted by Henry III in 1257 and was reaffirmed on 13th June 1595 by Queen Elizabeth I.
The old name for Marazion was Marghas Yow, which means ‘Thursday Market’. The town was indeed an important place for trade with evidence back to the Bronze age that Phonecians visited the early settlement of Marazion to buy ingots of locally mined tin.
Marazion is perhaps best known for being the gateway to the impressive island castle of St Michael’s Mount. This beautiful, magical and historical landmark is now in the care of the National Trust, with the St. Aubyn family still resident. The Mount can be reached at low tide from Marazion by a cobbled causeway and at high tide by local ferry boatmen.
Marazion has a wealth of lovely individual shops and galleries where you can browse or buy locally crafted wares and exclusive items of art. There are some great pubs and outstanding award winning restaurants. There is a museum charting the town’s history with a town trail for those wishing to explore.
We feature on the Marazion information page:
Marazion is blessed with a magnificent sandy beach and clean waters which are ideal for all sorts of beach activities and water sports. Marazion also has an important RSPB nature reserve and as well as offering magnificent coastal scenery is also on the South West Coast Path long distance route.
Marazion was by-passed some years ago and it’s quaint streets and narrow roads ensure the town offers a place of quiet relaxation when compared to many bustling resorts, even during the busier main holiday seasons.
With easy access by car and public transport between the Lizard and Lands End and being only 8 miles from St Ives, Marazion is the perfect base from which to explore this gorgeous part of Cornwall.
We do hope you will choose one of Marazion Coastal Cottages as your holiday destination.
How to get to Marazion
Follow the M5 to Exeter and then take the A30 towards Penzance. (Most of the A30 is dual carriageway). Marazion is 1 mile off the A30, just 3 miles east of Penzance. Turn off the A30 at the roundabout signposted Marazion and St Michael’s Mount. (ignore your satnav if it tells you otherwise at this point) At the T junction turn left keeping the sea and St Michael’s Mount on your right, then drive into the town of Marazion. Beware of speed humps and follow traffic management priorities when driving through the narrow town streets.
Mail line rail travel from London Paddington terminate in Penzance, just 10 min's away. The Night Riviera sleeper offers a refreshing way to travel from London leaving at midnight and arriving at 8.00am. Contact National Rail Enquiries for train times on 08547 484950
Cornwall has surprisingly good UK and International air connections. Marazion is only 45 min's from Newquay Airport and around 2 hours from Exeter Airport both of which offer national and international flights.
See www.newquaycornwallairport.com and www.exeter-airport.co.uk for further details and timetables. (There are reduced air services in the low season).