You’ll find Long Rock Beach to the north of Penzance and it’s probably the easiest of the beaches in Penzance to access as it’s close to the town centre. The beach connects with Marazion when the tide goes out, so visitors can walk the three miles or so to the connecting beach and access St Michael’s Mount.
St Michael’s Mount is a majestic island connected to the mainland by a causeway (at low tide). Its castle can be seen for miles and the island once attracted pilgrims in their thousands who made their way from Europe. Legend has it that the archangel St Michael appeared to a group of fishermen in the year 495, and the area has held spiritual significance ever since.
Long Rock is a safe sand and pebble beach, as you need to walk quite far out to sea before it even reaches waist height, so it’s ideal if you have children who like to paddle and enjoy the water. There is parking available at Long Rock, but you’ll need to arrive early to get a space during the summer as it becomes full quickly. There is a seasonal dog ban and lifeguards at the busier, eastern end of the beach during high season.