Marazion Beach and St. Michael’s Mount

In Cornwall sits the quaint little town of Marazion. Situated further to the south, by Mount’s Bay, there is Marazion Beach and the iconic St. Michael’s Mount. The Mount has the famously unique distinction of only being accessible through low tide. However, to reduce this ancient tidal island to this one distinguishing feature would be a disservice to the isle, as it has much to offer historically and culturally.

St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

The centrepiece of the island is its castle, which stands tall despite being constructed in the seventeenth century. The building has gone through many phases in its life, including once being a priory. That was before the island was recognised for its defensive capabilities, and was promptly fortified into a castle, with cannons poking through the crenelations. Inside the castle are many artifacts of historical significance, including the very sofa which Queen Victoria sat on and a piece of Napoleon’s coat worn at the battle of Waterloo. They also have a relic of an Egyptian mummified cat. A disturbing fact by itself, made all the more disgusting once you remember the Egyptians specifically liked worshipping the pink, skinless abominations. That said, this relic can easily be ignored, and the castle is not the only attraction of St. Michael’s Mount.

St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

The islands gardens are a vibrant tapestry of flowers, ranging from lavender to Lampranthus. This beautiful terraced garden was originally designed for Sir John St Aubyn in 1878 – it was a place where he and his family could go for walks and enjoy each other’s company. To this day, the garden still serves its purpose, as the Aubyn family still own the rights to St. Michael’s Mount. There is also a seat at the top of the gardens dubbed the ‘Seagull Seat’. It provides breathtaking, panoramic views of the surrounding sea and mainland.

Finally, St. Micheal’s Church offers tourists a spot of quiet reflection. It provides Sunday services all through the summer. The attraction can also be reserved if it’s part of a religious pilgrimage. If this is your intention, all you need to do is visit the website of St. Michael’s Mount and contact the number displayed to have your reservation arranged. Inside the Church is the bronze statue of St. Michael depicting the saint defeating the Devil, whilst holding out his hand in mercy.

Outside of the island, is Marazion Beach itself. Children can enjoy paddling along the coastal paths during medium tide, whilst adults can laze about on the sands, enjoying the warmth of the sun.

In conclusion, Marazion is a fine beach that is strengthened by the presence of St Michael’s Mount. This island’s castle offers tourists a rich history and the gardens provide the area with a natural beauty that cannot be found locally. If you have the money, I would heartily recommend a visit. Moreover, those who are members of the National Trust can go for free, in which case there’s no reason not to visit if you happen to stop by.

Article by
James Clifton