Marazion sits at the heart of Mounts Bay, which is cradled by the Lizard Peninsula to the east and Land's End Peninsula to the west. The most prominent landmark in the area is the famous St Michaels's Mount, which is positioned a few hundred metres from the shore and is accessible at low tide via a cobbled walkway or by taxi boats at high tide.
Though Marazion was not included in the 1088 Doomsday Book, there is various evidence of early settlement in the area, including a Bronze Age furnace, used for smelting tin, discovered nearby. The town's name derives from the Cornish 'Marghas Byghan' meaning 'Small Market'. The alternative name 'Market Jew', from the Cornish 'Marghas Yow' meaning 'Thursday Market', is sometimes given, leading to the misconception that the name comes from Jewish settlers who once lived in the area.
The castle on St Michaels's Mount, which was constructed in the 14th century, is predated by a Benadictine chapel that lay on the site from the 11th century. In fact, since 495 AD when a group of fishermen witnessed a vision of the Archangel St Michael on the rocks, the island has been a site of religious significance and pilgrimage, with visitors including George Fox , founding member of the Religious Society of Friends, in 1656 and John Wesley, founder the Weslyan Church, in 1789.
The numerous fishing boats operating in the area are sheltered by the Mount's own harbour, which was largely built by a wealthy merchant in the 18th century.
Over 300,000 people flock to Marazion every year to explore the mount, relax on the long and golden beach and partake in the world class wind and kite surfing to be had off its shore. Inland there are some lovely bijou jewellery shops and galleries waiting for you to peruse, and when it's time to relax and refuel then why not enjoy a Cornish cream tea (jam first remember!) on the water front.