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Mounts Bay - Penzance Beach

Penzance, Cornwall

Also know as Marazion, the beaches are formed by an expanse of hard sand backed by coastal protection walls of granite. The beach is popular with walkers and looks out to St Michael's Mount. A cycle path runs along the back of the beach.

Beach Type



Toilets available
With disabled facilities at Penzance (Longrock) and there are nearby cafes and restaurants


Regular sailing and windsurfing events are held on the beach
Sometimes national and international

Nature and Wildlife

Mounts Bay as the name suggests is overlooked by St Michael's Mount which. along with the beach. is owned by the National Trust.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned throughout the summer but no litter bins are provided. The beach may suffer pollution from litter and fishing debris.


Dogs are allowed but no dog bins are provided.

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre. Station Rd Penzance Cornwall TR18 2NF Tel: 01736 362207 E-mail: [email protected] Web:


Nearest town: Penzance
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.1139, -5.53232
Postcode: TR18 4BA
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Penzance, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


From the A30 follow signs for Longrock beach in Penzance. or from A30 turn right to St Michael's Mount and follow signs for Hogus beach.

Public Transport

There are train and National Bus services to Penzance. Both stations are at the start of the coastal footpath/cycle track which leads to the beach. Bus route 513 515

Nearest Railway Stations

Penzance (Less than half a mile away)
St Erth (Approx. 6 miles away)
Lelant (Approx. 6 miles away)
Lelant Saltings (Approx. 6 miles away)
Carbis Bay (Approx. 7 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There are three large car parks nearby for 600 cars. with spaces for disabled people.

Nearby Car Parks

St Anthony's, Penzance (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Greenmarket, Penzance (Short stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Clarence Street, Penzance (Short stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Wherrytown, Penzance (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Alverton Road, Penzance (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Harbour, Penzance (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Penalverne, Penzance (Short stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Penzance Station, Penzance (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Causewayhead, Penzance (Short stay).
About 0.6 miles away
St Erbyns, Penzance (Long stay).
About 0.6 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Penzance