History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The stately home and garden at St Michael's Mount
The broad expanse of Mount's Bay seems a peaceful place, protected from Atlantic gales, but in stormy weather it is a hazardous place for ships, and over 150 sailing ships went down here in the 19th century alone.
Though weather is always a threat along this stretch of coast, in 1625 a different kind of threat appeared in the form of Barbary pirates; Turkish raiders who seized 60 men, women, and children who had sought shelter in the church at Munigesca, and carried them away to be slaves.
There are high, rugged cliffs, particularly near Lizard Point, and sand dunes between Marazion and Penzance. Near the latter you can make out evidence of a fossilised forest at high tide.
Penzance is by far the largest settlement, with the fishing villages of Newlyn, Paul, Mousehole and Lamorna to the west and Marazion, Perranuthnoe, Praa Sands, Porthleven and Mullion to the east. At Paul, just inland from Mousehole, you can see the grave of Dolly Pentreath (d. 1860), the last person to speak Cornish as her native language.
We've visited the Bay on several occasions, and my favourite villages are Porthleven and Mousehole. Mousehole is known for its picturesque harbour and traditional 'stargazey' pie. If you enjoy sunsets, though, come to the beach at Marazion!
By far the most popular historic attraction in the area is St Michael's Mount, site of stately home and garden built on the remains of a medieval castle and monastery.
About Mount's Bay
Address: Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England
Attraction Type: Countryside
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
St Michael's Mount - 2.4 miles (Castle)
Ludgvan, St Paul's Church - 4.3 miles (Historic Church)
Merry Maidens - 4.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Trengwainton Garden - 5 miles (Garden)
Tregiffian Burial Chamber - 5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Madron Holy Well and Chapel - 5.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Sancreed, St Creden Church - 5.8 miles (Historic Church)
Chysauster Ancient Village - 5.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Mount's Bay:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01736 753 196
Alternate Tel: 01736 754 399
Fax: 01736 755 932