Mount’s Bay is the curved shape you see at the bottom of a map of Cornwall, that bit that looks like a hook or a crescent moon. The bay sweeps round from Lizard Point to Gwennap Head, stretching for 40 miles and including some of West Cornwall’s best-loved spots.
The best-known places in Mount’s Bay are nestled together in the west. Marazion, Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole all run into each other, creating a very Cornish strip of visitor destinations that’s rich in places to see and things to do.
St Michael’s Mount dominates the west of the Bay, reached by causeway from Marazion, one of the oldest chartered towns in the country. The Mount is one of Cornwall’s (Britain’s?) most famous landmarks and will always be on our “must-see” lists. However, don’t forget to visit the other unique attractions around the Bay: the Art Deco lido in Penzance, Newlyn’s bustling fishing port, the tiny, curling harbour in Mousehole…
You’ll also have your choice of beaches and coves in Mount’s Bay, from the family-friendly Marazion beach to the irresistible rock pools of Mousehole. Penzance’s pebbly shore is a wonderful spot for a quiet dip (and if you want the friendly company of fellow sea swimmers, you’ve come to the right beach).
Just back from the coast, the temperate climate of Mount’s Bay allows gorgeous subtropical plants to flourish: try one of the glorious gardens around Penzance and Newlyn. The towns and villages around Mount’s Bay are all worth exploring. They may be neighbours, but each one has a distinctly different character, and so much to offer.
Getting to the western Mount’s Bay towns is straightforward: stay on the A30 until you’re almost in Penzance to get to Marazion, then carry on through Penzance to come to Newlyn then Mousehole. Penzance is the only one with a railway station; however you can pick up buses to the three other places from the depot next to the station.