where to go in west Cornwall
Our location makes us a great place to stay!
Dove Meadows’ location at the edge of Marazion places you perfectly for easy access to the many sights and attractions on our doorstep. Here is a taster of what is available nearby, our wardens will be pleased to help you plan your time with us.
All the places mentioned on our site are within easy reach by car or public transport – a bus stop is just a five minute walk to the end of our lane.
St Michael’s Mount
Of course, no stay in Marazion would be complete without a visit to St Michael’s Mount. Home to the St Aubyn family and managed by the National Trust, St Michael’s Mount is a true icon of Cornwall. Take one of the small ferryboats that run between the mainland and the island in summer months or walk across the tidal causeway when the tide is out. Climb the steep path to the castle and enjoy the spectacular views of Mount’s Bay then explore the little village that surrounds its harbour. St Michael’s Mount is a truly magical place. www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
Marazion itself is a lovely little town with many places to eat and drink. All your holiday needs (and Post Office services) are available from the convenience store. There is also a bakery that sells great pasties, a fish and chip shop and several good quality gift shops. The town itself is a great place to explore with quaint little streets and a peaceful small harbour. A museum of local life is open in the Town Hall.
The soft, sandy beaches that line Mount’s Bay are a safe place for bathing and are patrolled by RNLI Lifeguards in the summer. A dog ban is in force from April 1 to September 30 from 8am to 7pm daily. Ask the wardens for information about dog-friendly beaches.
Find out more about Marazion at the official website: www.marazion.info.
Penzance and Land’s End area
Thanks to Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta, Penzance is now known for pirates! This energetic small town is a great place to visit at any time of the year. It has a great selection of niche and high street shops as well as pubs and restaurants to cater for all tastes. Make sure you take a walk down Chapel Street and see the rather unusual Egyptian House. Penzance is just a 10 minute bus ride from Dove Meadows or a leisurely cycle or walk along the coast path. Plenty of car parking available in the town. Visit lovepenzance.co.uk.
The harbour town of Newlyn just a couple of miles from Penzance is the UK’s biggest fishing port by value with a busy quayside fish market. An interesting place to wander for a couple of hours.
Passing further along the coast, we come to Mousehole. This quintissential Cornish fishing village with its sheltered harbour is famous for the annual Christmas lights display and the children’s book ‘The Mousehole Cat’.
Land’s End, of course, is the most westerly point on the British mainland and is the start (or end) point for thousands of Land’s End to John O’Groats journeys every year. The site has various attractions for the family.
Once a fishing port, St Ives is now world-renowned for its art. Since the late 19th century, artists have made their home here and the town now has a number of independent galleries as well as the Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. St Ives also has plenty of quaint streets with specialist shops and a great choice of places to eat and drink.
We can’t possibly do justice on this page to the many other places to visit in west Cornwall, our wardens will be able to help you make the most of your stay!