Almost as thought it’s risen out of the sea, this imposing Mount is the jewel in the crown of Mount’s Bay in West Cornwall. Take a stroll across the causeway and make the most of a day on this tiny island, exploring the gardens, visiting the castle and enjoying stunning views!
- Where: Just off Marazion in the heart of Mounts Bay in West Cornwall.
- When: Mid March to November, 10.00am to 5.30pm, all dependent on the sea conditions and the safe access to the island.
- Cost: Adults are £16.00, children £8.00 and a family pass is £40.00. If you are a National Trust member you can access the island, house and gardens for free!
- Who: Fun for all the family whatever the age. We would like to point out that the trek up to the castle is steep and bumpy, therefore, you should be of reasonable mobility to ensure you can get up to the highest point.
- How long does it take: You can spend a day at St Michael’s Mount by the time you’ve viewed the house, gardens, had some lunch in the cafe and wandered back across to the mainland.
- When’s best to go: Probably the spring or summer as the journey to the island is by foot or boat meaning that it is subject to closure in stormy weather.
Operated by the National Trust, St Michael’s Mount is the imposing island that you can’t fail to miss when you reach Mounts Bay near Penzance. The miles of golden beaches sweep across the bay and allow access by foot to the Mount from Marazion.
The man made causeway path provides the access point from Marazion beach across the sea around 400 metres before you reach the harbour area of St Michael’s. It’s accessible in mid and low tide with access by boat when the water is a little higher!
On arrival at St Michael’s, you can enjoy an energetic wander up the cobbled hill to reach the castle perched on top of the Mount. From here you can enjoy the far reaching views across Mounts Bay and out towards the English Channel.
Steeped in history, this spot is popular with locals and tourists throughout the year and you’re bound to be in awe of the amazing local scenery. For refreshments, enjoy a spot of lunch or a cream tea in the Sail Loft before the light trek back to the mainland, before the tide comes in!
The breathtaking views and sense of taking a step back in history will leave you wanting to come back for more! It’s well worth avoiding the entrance fees by investing in the National Trust Membership. This not only gives you access to St Michael’s Mount but every single NT Property across the UK!
If you are interested in more of our favourite National Trust venues in Cornwall take a look at our next article all about Trelissick.
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Main image courtesy of Matt Jessop, Visit Cornwall.