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Insider's guide to Marazion

Visit Cornwall meet with the team from St Aubyn Estates to hear their top tips on visiting Marazion.

What do you love most about Cornwall?
The changing landscape of West Cornwall’s coastline. Storms bring a great visual drama to the coast with mammoth waves and high seas. However, when the sun is out, the wind drops and the waters are calm – there is a serenity and smoothness to the sea that has a cut glass feel to it. Whatever the season or weather, there is always something to visually feed the soul.

Must see sight?
St Michael’s Mount has been described as one of the most unique places on earth and the beauty of this tidal island never fails to take your breath away. Sun rises and sun sets can last for hours in summer across Mount’s Bay making for some stunning photographs.

Must do experience?
Paddle-boarding in Mount’s Bay, a row in a Cornish gig, a swim in Penzance’s art-deco Jubilee Pool Lido and foraging on Marazion beach (followed by cooking with your findings!).

Most people don’t know but…
On St Michael’s Mount there is a stone by the church at the summit which is often rubbed for luck. Many prospective grooms have rubbed the stone for luck prior to proposing to their loved ones!

Good value tourist ticket you can buy?
National Trust membership is good value in West Cornwall, especially as there are such a large number of beautiful NT Cornish Gardens.

Souvenir you must take home?
Cornish Tin or any of the excavated stones from Geevor Tin Mine – each have their own personal history and story.

Local delicacies to try?
Marazion’s local deli has a range of Cornish delicacies as well as home-made cakes. Any of the cheeses from Newlyn Cheese Shop & freshly caught Newlyn crab as well as Baker Tom’s Homemade Breads.

Local tipple?
Polgoon Cornish Berry Cider.

Best viewing spot?
A hidden bench at the top of Marazion hill where you get stunning panoramic views over the town of Marazion and out towards Mount’s Bay and St Michael’s Mount. The South West Coastal Path from Porthgwarra to Nanjizal is also spectacular with the rugged Atlantic Ocean on one side and vibrant moss coloured fields on the other.

Best place to explore on your own?
Many hours can be lost exploring the South West Coastal Path – the back streets of Marazion offer a great history and quirkiness (it is apparently Cornwall’s oldest market town) and rock-pooling and beach-combing are the best free activities.

Best place to see with a guide?
St Michael’s Mount!

Where is a must-visit which will keep the kids entertained?
Rock-pooling at Marazion and Cape Cornwall, beach combing at Gwithian and ‘stone throwing’ at Porthleven.

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