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The Island Castle of Mount St. Michael's and the Town of Marazion, Cornwall, UK

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The history of a quaint town and the Castle of Mount St. Michael's, UK.

Island Castle of St. Michael's Mount

Island Castle of St. Michael's Mount

Town of Marazion

Town of Marazion

Marazion Beach

Marazion Beach

Watersports at Marazion

Watersports at Marazion

The Town of Marazion, Cornwall, UK

Marazion is one of the oldest charted towns in Cornwall off the coast of Mount's King Henry III, then reaffirmed by Queen Elizabeth I in 1595. It was called "Letis" or "Tin Port" due to the many mines of tin and copper surrounding it. It is a quaint town with cobbled streets full of shops, museums, 5-star hotels, Bed and Breakfast Inns. Some of the hotels include the Godolphin, the Gannet Inn, the Hotel Penzance, and the Queens Hotel. If you prefer Bed and Breakfast Inns, try the Denham House, the Blue Horizon, others.

In addition to lodging in the town, two campgrounds are nearby for RV's or tent camping.

The sandy beaches are extremely popular with families and offer a view of the Castle and the bay with various watersports. Another site to visit is the Marazion Graveyard at the Guivai Church, which has the grave of the infamous pirate John "Eyebrows" Thomas (1692-1753). Legend says that he was so cruel the town refused to allow him to be buried there, so the family had to pay a premium for his burial. However, he had to be buried face down so his way to heaven would be blocked.

There is so much to see and do in Marazion, such as kite surfing, windsurfing, and sailing. The visit is a step back in time.

Blooms of Marazion

Blooms of Marazion

Marazion Shop

Marazion Shop

Marazion Cafe

Marazion Cafe

Grave of John "Eyebrows" Thomas

Grave of John "Eyebrows" Thomas

Marazion Cemetery

Marazion Cemetery

Island Castle Mount St. Michael's

This is the crown jewel located just offshore of the town on a small tidal island in Mount's Bay. It is a stunning castle dating back centuries. At one time visited by the Vikings, the Romans, and the Benedictine monks. Access to the castle is the walkway of cobblestones during low tide. Then It was used by pilgrims visiting the Benedictine Abbey, and today thousands walk the same trail. About fifteen minutes should be allowed to cross it.

The Benedictine monks were cloistered in the castle since 966. The castle has been depicted on the famous Bayeux Tapestry, scenes 16 and 17.

In 1755, the tsunami caused by the devastating Lisbon earthquake hit Mount St. Michael's area, causing the tide to rise and fall for five hours.

Inside the Castle

Inside the Castle

The Causeway to the Castle

The Causeway to the Castle

The Cloisture

The Cloisture

The Castle Today

In 1659, Colonel John St. Aubyn bought St. Michael's and today is owned jointly with The National Trust with a 99-year lease to the St. Aubyn family. In 1846, Queen Victoria visited the castle and harbor aboard the Royal yacht leaving her footprints preserved.

Mount St. Michael's Castle has been the backdrop in the film Dracula, 1979, and in the James Bond film, Never Say Never, 1983 starring Sean Connery.

Mount St. Michael's Castle

Mount St. Michael's Castle

Sources Used

marazion.com

britainexpress.com

cornwall.co.uk

stayincornwall.co.uk

stmichaelsmount.co.uk

Comments

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on May 18, 2021:

Thelma, thank you for visiting. Hope someday you are able to visit.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 17, 2021:

What a wonderful place to visit. How I wish I can go to that place one day. Thanks for sharing the information.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on May 17, 2021:

Thank you Alicia for your visit.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 16, 2021:

I wish I had visited this area when I lived in Britain. It looks very interesting. Thank you for sharing the information about it.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on May 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you get to see the castle.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 15, 2021:

Looks like such a lovely place and I definitely want to visit it. You have lovely photographs also adding a allure to the place.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 15, 2021:

Marazion looks like a delightful town, and the castle of Mount St. Michael simply stunning. I have always wanted to visit Cornwall but I doubt that will ever happen. This article and photos gave a good glimpse of that part of the world.

Rosina S Khan on May 15, 2021:

Fran, the island castle of Mount St. Michael and the town of Marazion were very interesting to read. I loved the accompanying pictures a lot. Definitely a place to visit! Thank you for sharing such a wonnderful article.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 15, 2021:

This is an interesting and well-presented article. Mount St Michael is on a list of places that I would like to visit. It reminds me of Mont St Michel off the coast of France.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 15, 2021:

Fran

I really don't see that happening, but maybe somehow I can.

It would be amazing.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on May 15, 2021:

Brenda, thanks for visiting. I do hope you are able to visit someday. The castle took over 1000 years to build. Lots of history in Cornwall.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 15, 2021:

This looks like a place I would love to visit.

I love going to islands & the castle is intriguing.

Not to mention everything there is to do.

The beach looks beautiful and those pics of the old cemetery.

Definitely things I like to explore.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on May 15, 2021:

Ravi, thanks for your visit. It must be a special place to visit. Hope someday you can visit the site.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on May 15, 2021:

Pamela, thanks for visiting and I enjoyed your comments. Have a great weekend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 15, 2021:

This looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love all the pictures and the information you provided, Fran. Thanks for sharing this article as it is very interesting.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on May 15, 2021:

Marazion sounds like an amazing place. The pictures and amazing and it looks like the perfect place to go away from the maddening world once in a while. Thanks for sharing this unique place Fran.

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