St Michael's 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 granite causeway where a legendary giant once walked and 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 and tuck into fresh local food in the Island Café or the Sail Loft Restaurant.

Infuse your senses with colour and scent in the unique sub-tropical gardens basking in the mild climate and salty breeze. Clinging to granite slopes the terraced beds tier steeply down to the ocean’s edge, boasting tender exotics from places such as Mexico, the Canary Islands and South Africa.

Winter Opening - Until 13 March 2015 - click on the News and Events tab for full details

 

Awards

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Garden & Country House of the Year - Silver Award

Dog Friendly

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Guided Tours available
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Shop

Baby Changing Facilities Available.

Accessibility

  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Guide dogs permitted

Access Statement

Information for visitors with limited mobility Paths around the island are steep, cobbled and uneven with no handrails. It is not possible to take a wheelchair up to the castle on the summit and those with limited mobility may find the steepness and rugged terrain difficult to navigate. Sensible footwear is recommended. Admissions All carers are admitted free of charge with registered disabled visitors. Car Park We have 4 disabled parking bays in Slipway car-park and 12 bays in Follyfield car-park for registered disabled badge holders. Facilities on St Michael's Mount There is access to all the village facilities, with ramps available on request at the entrances to the shops, café and Sail Loft restaurant. The garden lawn can be accessed with wheelchairs although further exploration is limited due to steps and steepness. We have an access toilet situated toilets on the east side of the village. Access on the Causeway & Boats It is possible to bring wheelchairs over the causeway although the pathway is cobbled making it extremely difficult to navigate. Wheelchairs can be taken over in boats although access to both the mainland and harbour landing points have steps. We advise that any visitor planning on bringing a wheelchair over to St Michael's Mount calls 01736 710507 in advance to discuss their journey. When the tide is in, the only access to St Michael's Mount is by boat.We strongly suggest that visitors who may struggle with the boat landings and access onto the boats (the boats can only accommodate folding wheelchairs) plan their visit to the Mount when the causeway is open. Causeway opening times are clearly available on the website. Motorised Tramper We currently have a Tramper, a 4-wheel, single seater, self powered mobility vehicle available at no cost to the visitor, for use around the village area of St Michael's Mount. A full demonstration will be given by a trained member of staff. The motorised vehicle must be booked in advance as it is very much in demand. Call 01736 710265 to book. Resources We have a map available that outlines the access route. At the Ticket Office, we have an induction loop for the hard of hearing and provide magnifiers for the partially sighted. Assistance Dogs Guide and assistance dogs are welcome to the village area and guide dogs are allowed up to and around the castle. Island Life Today - Village Tours Continuing throughout 2014 will be specialist tours within the village area of St Michael's Mount which will focus on community living on the Mount, its history and everyday challenges from getting the children to school to delivering shopping up to the castle on the summit. These talks will be free of charge and take place in the village area of St Michael's Mount which is step free and therefore suitable for wheelchair users and those of limited availability. Access Statement St Michael's Mount continually works to ensure that all visitors, no matter what their ability, can gain the most from their visit and have the best possible access to our facilities and services. Our full access statement is available to download here but if you have any constructive feedback you would like to give us, regarding your experience at St Michael's Mount, please do not hesitate to contact us at enquiries@stmichaelsmount.co.uk

Opening Times

Open all year

4 November 2014 – 13 March 2015 The castle is open every Tuesday and Friday for guided tours at 11am and 2pm (allow 90 minutes for the castle tour). Christmas Tues 23 December 11.30am & 2pm (guided tours) Friday 26 December Closed Friday 30 December 11am & 2pm (guided tours) Tuesday 2 January 11am & 2pm (guided tours) February Half Term – 15 February – 20 February 2015 Open every day 10:30am – 4pm (free-flow) Admission Prices Adults £8.00, child £4.00, family £20.00, single parent family £12.00 (National Trust Members Go Free)

ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT WINTER OPENING SCHEDULE - 4 November 2014 – 13 March 2015 

EXCLUSIVE WINTER GUIDED TOURS WITH SPECIALIST GUIDES - TUESDAY AND FRIDAY 11am & 2pm

TRAVEL ON ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE, THE ‘ST MICHAEL’

ENJOY LUNCH AT THE SAIL LOFT RESTAURANT WITH FRESHLY PREPARED DISHES USING LOCAL CORNISH INGREDIENTS

SHOP IN THE COURTYARD SHOP FOR BESPOKE GIFTS, FOOD & CORNISH CRAFTS INCLUDING THE NEW ‘MADE ON THE MOUNT’ RANGE WITH CHRISTMAS CHUTNEY, CHRISTMAS HAMPERS & A BESPOKE RANGE OF CHRISTMAS BAUBLES & GIFTS BY ARTIST EMMA BALL

From November through to 13 March 2015, St Michael’s Mount has a Winter Opening Schedule with the castle open for guided tours on Tuesday and Friday at 11am and 2pm. Avoid the crowds and enjoy a special guided tour with a unique opportunity to travel on the Mount's amphibious vehicle, the 'St Michael', when the tide is in.  

St Michael’s Mount amphibious vehicle, the St Michael

The Mount’s amphicraft was built 10 years ago by Sivad Maritime in Falmouth and was specifically commissioned by Lord St Levan to transport his family and the islanders to and from the island. It is a vital link during winter as the transport lifeline to ferry the island children to school, bring over provisions and indeed service the visitor business out of season. It was built to replace the old WWII DUKW’s that used to service the Mount for similar purposes. 

In 2006, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited the Mount and Prince Edward tried his hand at driving it. In 2013, the vehicle carried two more special visitors when Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, enjoyed a VIP visit to The Mount.

The Sail Loft Restaurant will be open on a Tuesday and Friday, offering delicious home-cooked, local food.  Dishes will include hearty, warming pot meals such as Beef Cobbler or Mustard Chicken & Vegetables (£8.95) both served with warm artisan bread.  Hot filled rolls will also be available including Pulled Pork and Christmas Chutney or Roasted Vegetables with Goats Cheese (£5.95), plus traditional Cornish Pasties (£4.95). 

Our Courtyard Shop will also be open at the same times, with a wide range of gifts, Cornish food, local confectionery and keepsakes on sale, including a bespoke range of Christmas baubles and gifts by local artist, Emma Ball.

Visitors are welcome to visit both the Sail Loft Restaurant and Courtyard Shop regardless of whether they pay for entry to the castle.

4 November 2014 – 13 March 2015

The castle is open every Tuesday and Friday for guided tours at 11am and 2pm (allow 90 minutes for the castle tour).

Christmas

Tues 23 December                           11.30am & 2pm (guided tours)
Friday 26 December                           Closed
Friday 30 December                         11am & 2pm (guided tours)
Tuesday 2 January                             11am & 2pm (guided tours)

February Half Term (15 Feb–20 Feb 2015)
Open every day                                  10:30am – 4pm (free-flow)

Admission Prices

Adults £8.00, child £4.00, family £20.00, single parent family £12.00 (National Trust Members Go Free)

How to Get Here during Winter

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 at the following times:

Boating costs: £2.00 (one way adults)/ £1.00 (one way children).

Outbound (from mainland):                                                           

-         10.30am (for 11am guided tour)
-         11.00am
-         12 midday
-         1pm
-         1.30pm (for 2pm guided tour)
-         2.15pm
-         3.00pm

Inbound (from island):

-         11.00am
-         12 midday
-         1pm
-         1.30pm
-         2.15pm
-         3pm
-         4pm
- 4.30pm

Where do I buy tickets?

Tickets for guided castle tours are available on the day and can be purchased from the Sail Loft Restaurant or Courtyard Shop on the island. Tickets for the amphibious vehicle can be purchased on the day from a staff member in the Slipway car park, on the mainland.

Sail Loft Restaurant - open 10am – 4pm Tuesday & Friday

Visit our restaurant on a Tuesday and Friday for delicious home cooked food using the finest Cornish ingredients, including homemade soups, freshly made sandwiches, cakes & desserts plus hot and cold beverages.  See a sample winter menu   

Shop - open 10am – 4pm Tuesday & Friday

Visit the Courtyard shop for bespoke gifts, food and Cornish crafts, local chutneys & jams, confectionary and contemporary gifts.

Media enquiries:  For further information please contact Katherine Camps Kilgour at Bright Media on 07958 649502 or email katherine@brightmediauk.com  

Awards

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Silver Award

Location

St Michael's Mount
Marazion Cornwall TR17 0EF

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