St Michaels Mount
St Michael's Mount Explore the amazing island world of St Michael's Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history€¦ Stroll across the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims.
Boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home. Stray from the mainland on foot or by boat and get up close to the beguiling beauty of the castle-topped isle standing proud in Mount's Bay. Come ashore for a family outing, a tour of the castle or a garden visit. Scale the fairytale turrets for dazzling views. Listen to live music on the village green. Tuck into fresh local food in the Island CafÃ© or the Sail Loft Restaurant.
This portrait shows Dolly Pentreath of Mousehole. Dolly was a Cornish fishwife who gained the reputation of being the last native Cornish speaker, though opinion is divided. It was painted in the 1770s by John Opie, a fashionable portrait painter from Cornwall.
St Michael's Mount is a Cornish icon. It has been an abbey, a fortress and, for 350 years, the family home of the St Aubyns. Henry Lee was the butler on St Michael's Mount for 49 years and made this model in the 1930s. It is carved from champagne corks and took almost 3 years to complete.
Admission & prices
Admission Fees 2013
COMBINED (Castle & Gardens) £9.60
COMBINED (Castle & Gardens) £4.80
(2 adults & up to 3 children)
COMBINED (Castle & Gardens) £24.00
Single Adult Family
(1 adult & up to 3 children)
COMBINED (Castle & Gardens) £14.40
Last admission 45 minutes prior to castle closing time.
National Trust Members
Access to the castle and/or gardens is free to National Trust members.
There are no facilities for dogs on the island and, other than guide dogs, dogs are not allowed to enter the castle or gardens.
Very occasional we do have to shut because of weather conditions. Please contact us on 01736 710507 or 01736 710265 to check conditions prior to your visit.
Hop aboard for a boat ride to the ancient harbour at St Michael's Mount. At high tide during spring, summer and autumn, frequent motorboats putter back and forth between the Mount and three landing points along the shore at Marazion.
The car park attendant will inform you which landing point (either Chapel Rock, Top Tieb or Gwelva) to use according to the tide.
For information on tides or to get more detailed information on which landing point is in operation, please call 01736 710265.
Please note: occasionally boat operations are affected or cancelled due to adverse weather and sea conditions.
One-way fares are £2.00 for adults / £1 for children
By Car & Bicycle (Parking)
Parking is easy - there are two seafront car parks (fees payable) in the village of Marazion. As you approach the town from the west (the sea will be on your right), the Folly Field car park and the Slipway car park are right next to the beach, facing St Michael's Mount.
Bicycle racks are provided in the Slipway car park and to plan your cycle route visit www.cycle-route.com
Overnight parking is allowed for motorhomes in Slipway Car-Park (fee payable).
From North Cornwall & the A30
Follow the A30 past Hayle and towards Penzance. About a mile after the village of Crowlas, take the 2nd exit at the roundabout, signposted to Marazion. At the junction with the main road turn left. This road takes you into Marazion.
Follow the A30 east, and about 3 miles out of Penzance take the third exit at the roundabout, signposted Marazion. Follow this road and turn left at the junction with the main road. This road takes you into Marazion.
From Helston & The Lizard
Take the A394 from Helston towards Penzance. After about 9 miles, go straight over the roundabout (ignore the left-hand exit signposted Marazion). Follow this road to a further roundabout and take the 1st exit, signposted Marazion. Continue along this road until the junction with the main road, where you turn left. This road takes you into Marazion.
Summer Opening Schedule 2013
Until November 3 2013
Castle & Village
From Monday 18 March, the castle, restaurant, cafe and shops will be open every day (except Saturday) from 10.30am until 5pm.
Shops, Island Cafe and Sail Loft Restaurant
The Island and Courtyard Shops and Sail Loft restaurant and Island Cafe are free to visit, are open at the same time as the castle and are all located in the village area of the island.
The gardens will re-open to the public on Monday 18 April 2013 until 27 September 2013.
Visit www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk for infomation.
St Michael's Mount
T: Call:+44 (0)1736 710265
St Michael's Mount
Marazion, CORNWALL TR17 OHT