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.

OPENING TIMES

Winter Schedule 2013/2014
5 November 2013 - 30 March 2014

The castle is open Tuesday and Friday for guided tours at 11am and 2pm only.

Tours start from the Island Cafe on St Michael's Mount. Winter tours are by guided tour only and you will be accompanied around the castle by a specialist guide. You should allow approximately 2 hours for the total tour. 

How to get here during winter

When the tide is open, it is a short walk from the mainland to the island across the historic cobbled causeway. When the tide is in, St Michael's Mount amphibious vehicle the 'St Michael' will leave from the Slipway Car Park in Marazion at the below times.

Tuesday & Friday
10.30am for 11am tour
1.30pm for 2pm tour
Boat charges - £2.00 adult (one way) £1.00 children (one way) 

Castle

Adult £7.60 Child £3.80
Family £19.00
Single adult family £11.40
Groups (15+) Adult £6.80 Child £3.40

Combined Castle & Gardens

Adult £9.60 Child £4.80
Family £24.00
Single adult family £14.40
Groups (15+) Adult £8.40 Child £4.30

Gardens

Adult £4.00
Child £2.00

National Trust

Access to the castle and gardens is free to National Trust members. 

Dog Friendly
Accessible

Facilities

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

Baby Changing Facilities Available.

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Sandchair hire scheme

Opening Times

November 5, 2013 - March 30, 2014

You are advised to call 01736 710507 for further information prior to your visit. Winter Schedule 2013/2014 5 November 2013 - 30 March 2014 The castle is open Tuesday and Friday for guided tours at 11am and 2pm only. Tours start from the Island Cafe on St Michael's Mount. Winter tours are by guided tour only and you will be accompanied around the castle by a specialist guide. You should allow approximately 2 hours for the total tour. How to get here during winter When the tide is open, it is a short walk from the mainland to the island across the historic cobbled causeway. When the tide is in,St Michael's Mount amphibious vehicle the 'St Michael' will leave from the Slipway Car Park in Marazion at the below times. Tuesday & Friday 10.30am for 11am tour 1.30pm for 2pm tour Boat charges - £2.00 adult (one way) £1.00 children (one way)

St Michael’s Mount – What’s On in 2014

Cross the causeway where a legendary giant once walked, follow the footsteps of pilgrims or boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover an evocative castle, a sub-tropical garden paradise and a close-knit island community, home to the St Aubyn family and thirty island residents.  St Michael’s Mount will open its doors for its Summer Season from 18 March 2013.

Joshua Reynolds Portrait returns home after 200 year absence
On 5 December 2012, one of the auction lots at Christies in London was a portrait of the 5th Sir John St Aubyn by the famous 18th century portrait painter and first president of the Royal Academy of Arts, Sir Joshua Reynolds. A copy of this painting currently hangs in the Blue Drawing room in the castle opposite the portrait of Francis Bassett of Tehidy, painted by Thomas Gainsborough.

Sir John St Aubyn and Francis Bassett were contemporaries, first cousins, fellow MPs and good friends. Family tradition has it that at one point they had a falling out and on reconciling, agreed to exchange portraits of each other. This is why St Michael's Mount currently holds the Gainsborough of Francis Bassett and why, for over two hundred years, the Bassett family have owned the Reynolds of Sir John St Aubyn.

The current St Aubyn family successfully bid at Christie’s for the Reynolds and the original is now on display in the castle’s Blue Drawing Room.

The Syon Seal - 600 year old ancient seal gifted to St Michael's Mount by Abbess of Syon

The 600 year old ancient Syon Seal was gifted to St Michaels’s Mount by the Abbess of Syon in 2012 and will be displayed on the Mount during the 2013 season.

In the early fifteenth century, the Mount belonged to the Syon Abbey, a monastery of the Bridgettine order. The monastery moved around considerably during its history before settling in Exeter, Devon.  During the demolition of the wall at Exeter in the 19th Century, a seal was found of Richard Auncell, who had become prior on St Michael's Mount in 1385. The seal featured an image of St Michael and is clearly identifiable as the seal of the Mount's former prior. It was eventually gifted to the Bishop of Plymouth who then gave it to the Syon Abbey in the 1920s.

Syon Abbey's long and varied history drew to a close last year and, as the monastery closed, the last Abbess of Syon met with James and Mary St Aubyn and made the generous and poignant gift of the seal. Its story can now be enjoyed by future generations of St Michael's Mount visitors and the artefact itself brings to life the ancient relationship there once was with the Syon Abbey 600 years ago.

Location

Marazion Cornwall TR17 0EF

What’s nearby

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