St Michael's Mount

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St Michaels Mount

St Michael’s Mount is a small tidal island in Mount’s Bay, on Cornwall’s south coast. This rocky island is topped by a medieval church and castle, with a living community at it’s feet, accessible by a long granite causeway at low tide. Managed by the National Trust, and still home to the St Aubyn family this iconic location is home to 12th century buildings, subtropical gardens, and a picturesque harbour and village.

A great choice for a family day out, the island is accessible at low tide by foot, and at high tide by a short boat ride, if the conditions are favourable. Once you’re there you can take part in a number of activities.

Explore the castle and learn about it’s transformation from priory to fort, and iconic castle to family home. The castle is full of historic artefacts and mementos, stately rooms, libraries, halls, and terraces, with incredible view over Mount’s Bay.

The subtropical gardens cling to the near-vertical granite cliffs, with their growth made possible through a combination of the gulf stream and the heat retentive granite rock. There are winding avenues and a walled garden that was originally planted in the 18th century. Throughout the summer and into autumn, there are popular garden evenings, with tours of the garden followed by a wonderful buffet meal at the Sail Loft Restaurant.

Upon visiting the village you’ll discover a thriving community with a rich history. With a blacksmith, a courtyard shop, and an island cafe, and even a dairy lawn with cows grazing, there’s plenty to see. Discover the underground tram that transports provisions form the harbour to the castle summit. St Michael’s mount oozes character, and taking a day trip to the island is a fantastic excursion for families, couples, and individuals alike.

Useful Info

Main Features: Castle, Gardens, Harbour, Village

Attraction Type: Island/History

Food: Cafe

Nearest Town: Marazion

Disabled Access: No

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St Michaels Mount