St Michael's Mount
Reached by a tidal causeway, or by boat when the tide is high, the impressive rocky St Michael's Mount Island is in Marazion Bay.
It is one of the National Trust's most visited attractions offering sub-tropical gardens and tours of the historic home.
Around the small harbour are various cottages and estate buildings which now house the Sail Loft Restaurant, Gift Shop and Island Café.
There are two former inns and an old mackerel smoking house as part of the old village.
Visiting St Michael's Mount
The gardens are beautifully planted with rare succulents and plants that thrive in the salty sea air.
They are so steep in places they have to be tended by abseiling gardeners!
Visitors should look out for the huge stone beside the path known as the Giant's Heart which relates to a local legend.
St Michael's Mount History
The best way to learn more about the history of the castle and its former owners is by taking a guided tour of the mediaeval castle.Civil War.
It was part of a beacon system that warned of the approach of the Spanish Armada back in 1588.
Highlights of St Michael's Mount
As part of a guided tour, learn how supplies are transported up to the castle from the harbour using an underground tram.
Children are sure to find the castle-like elements fascinating.
At one time the castle was a religious priory, similar to the Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy.
It has a historic lantern cross and a beautiful rose window in stained glass.
Historian-led walks can be enjoyed around the harbour and village and retell the life of the 300-strong community who once serviced the residents of the fortress and priory.
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At low tide, you can cross the causeway to St Michael’s Mount on foot. Starting from the beachfront at the Godolphin Arms in Marazion, it is a short walk across the bay from the mainland to the island.
Daily causeway opening times can be found on the St Michael's Mount Website.
By Boat (Tue & Fri only)
When the tide is in, you can take a trip on the St Michael's Mount amphibious vehicle, which leaves from the Slipway car-park in Marazion, some of which are timed to coincide with the guided tours of the castle.
£2.00 adult (one way)
St Michael's Mount Postcode for SatNav: TR17 0EF