St Michael's Mount

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Recommended by 35 out of 35 hikers

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  • Craig Taylor

    St Michael’s Mount is a great place to visit on a trip to Cornwall. Just be aware that the entry cost is a rather steep at £10 per person and if you head across right as the tide clears, you’ll be one of hundreds wanting to buy a ticket. Therefore, I’d recommend heading either a couple of hours after the announced low-tide time, or getting there early and being the first in line as the tide recedes. We didn’t go in on our visit because of the queue. Parking in Marazion costs £4.50 for a full day.

    • April 4, 2018

  • Timber

    Small Mount Sant Michel and only at low tide to reach. The sight on the ground after Penzance is great. The climate is wonderful thanks to the Gulf Stream and you can easily get a sunburn here. Can sing a song of it

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    • June 21, 2019

  • Turnsackerl

    Twice a day you can walk to the castle. Unfortunately, the shops and gardens as well as the castle close between 16 and 18 o'clock. This is at later low tide only a visit to the harbor entrance of Stefan Michael's Mount possible. Alternatively, there are boats to the crossing.

    stmichaelsmount.co.uk/plan-your-visit

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    • August 20, 2018

  • sveamb

    The St. Michaels hiking trail is very beautiful. We started after the A30 crossing at Ludgvan Leaze. The path took us over pastures, through a forest and through a very varied march landscape. The path is only recommended for mobile hikers, as it had to be climbed over several willow trees.

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    • June 15, 2015

  • Turnsackerl

    Twice a day you can walk to the castle. Unfortunately, the shops and gardens as well as the castle close between 16 and 18 o'clock. This is at later low tide only a visit to the harbor entrance of Stefan Michael's Mount possible. Alternatively, there are boats to the crossing.

    stmichaelsmount.co.uk/plan-your-visit

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    • August 20, 2018

  • Daniela

    The earliest buildings found on this tidal island were built in the 12th century. Sites to see: the castle, the 15th century chapel of St Michael and the historical harbor.

    • January 29, 2015

  • InForAPenny-InForAPound

    A postcard motif like the big brother Mont Saint Michel. At low tide on foot over the dam, at high tide reachable by boat. Those who make their way to the island, should be prepared for the fact that a large part of the island can only be entered for cash. Castle and garden are free of charge (10 or 8 GBP, as combined ticket 15 GBP). If you want to visit several sites of the National Trust, you should first consider whether it is worth a week pass (Info: visitbritainshop.com/germany/national-trust-touring-pass). With the admission prices for British sights the pass pays itself relatively fast.
    The island is a popular tourist destination, so not possible to come here on weekends and in high season.
    Information on opening hours, prices and tides: stmichaelsmount.co.uk/plan-your-visit

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    • November 26, 2017

  • Thomas

    A trip here is worthwhile at low tide and high tide.
    At low tide it goes on foot & at high tide with the boat over to the castle, where today still about 300 people live.
    For us it was only enough for a photo stop, for reasons of time :-)

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    • May 2, 2018

  • Edvard

    Causeway times for St Michael's Mount
    Whether it’s a sheen of sunlight on wet sand as the tide pulls back, or the waves splashing against the harbour wall – the Mount’s surroundings change with the tides. Which means the ways you can get here change too.

    At low tide access to the island is via the causeway. Setting out from Marazion Beach, it takes just minutes to walk across the ancient cobbled causeway that stretches from the mainland to the island.

    Please use our handy causeway search to look up when the causeway will be open on the day of your visit. You will be able to search for all 2018 dates. Causeway opening times are approximate and if you miss the opening or closing of the causeway, regular boats take visitors back and forth from St Michael's Mount every day (excluding Saturday) for a small fee (£2.00 each way, £1.00 for children).
    stmichaelsmount.co.uk/plan-your-visit/causeway-opening-times

    • June 15, 2018

  • Turnsackerl

    Twice a day you can walk to the castle. Unfortunately, the shops and gardens as well as the castle close between 16 and 18 o'clock. This is at later low tide only a visit to the harbor entrance of Stefan Michael's Mount possible. Alternatively, there are boats to the crossing.

    stmichaelsmount.co.uk/plan-your-visit

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    • August 20, 2018

  • Edvard

    The St Michael is an original design called the ‘Seamaster’. With a length of 10.0m, a beam of 3.6m and capacity for 46 passengers or 6,000kg of cargo, the Seamaster is truly a capable machine.

    The final specifications included twin engines, two hydraulic lift stairways and a disabled person’s lift that doubles as a cargo loading platform. The St. Michael provides a transport lifeline to residents of the island during the winter months when the Marazion to St. Michael’s Mount duty boat service is not operating, ferrying the island children to school, bringing provisions from the mainland and transporting out of season visitors.

    Building of it started in 2000 and was completed in 2003 by Sivad Maritime in Falmouth, the amphibious vehicle was specifically commissioned by Lord St Levan to transport the St Aubyn family and the Islanders to and from St. Michael’s Mount, replacing amongst other things, the WWII DUKWs that used to service the Mount for similar purposes.

    The St. Michael has the royal seal of approval, after a visit in 2006 by the Earl and Countess of Wessex when Prince Edward tried his hand at driving it while visiting the island. It was also the transport of choice for HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip during their visit here in 2013.

    stmichaelsmount.co.uk/blog/the-st-michael-is-unveiled

    • June 15, 2018

  • Turnsackerl

    Twice a day you can walk to the castle. Unfortunately, the shops and gardens as well as the castle close between 16 and 18 o'clock. This is at later low tide only a visit to the harbor entrance of Stefan Michael's Mount possible. Alternatively, there are boats to the crossing.

    stmichaelsmount.co.uk/plan-your-visit

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    • August 20, 2018

  • Walk the Trail

    Important things to know before visiting (I live in Marazion)

    1) St Michael's Mount is open most of the year, but is closed on a Saturday. Historically, Saturday's are changeover days, so normally the quietest day of the week. On Saturday's you can still walk across at low tide to the island, and will be able to walk around the very small harbour, but the gardens, castle and restaurants are closed.

    2) Ferries operate from 3 different landings in Marazion when the Causeway is submerged. Stand by the Godolphin Arms to view which landing they are using. The first is Chapel Rock, then Gwelva (accessed by the Pasty Shop), and then Top Tieb (accessed further up the road. Turn right at The Copper Spoon).

    3) There's more to Marazion than the Mount. There are small independent cafes, a couple of pubs in the town and if you walk up the road through Marazion, not only will you find exceptional views of the Mount (in my opinion the best angle!) but also The Fire Engine Inn, and the workshop of local ceramicist and potter Penn Boylan.

    • August 7, 2019

  • Stephan

    Very nice view of the island. We could not over, because from 15.30 o'clock no more drove. (Watch opening times on the internet)

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    • October 22, 2016

  • Kosmetik

    This is where you should definitely make a detour u may visit the castle

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    • May 3, 2018

  • Turnsackerl

    Twice a day you can walk to the castle. Unfortunately, the shops and gardens as well as the castle close between 16 and 18 o'clock. This is at later low tide only a visit to the harbor entrance of Stefan Michael's Mount possible. Alternatively, there are boats to the crossing.

    stmichaelsmount.co.uk/plan-your-visit

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    • August 20, 2018

  • Turnsackerl

    The "little" Mount Saint Michel

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    • September 3, 2018

  • Turnsackerl

    The "little" English Mount Saint Michel

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    • September 3, 2018

  • Roger

    Impressive and very worth a visit

    • August 10, 2019

  • Roger

    Can walk over at low tide, boat trip back at high tide ... but I think best to spend thd time visiting and wait for ghf next low tide.

    • August 10, 2019

  • Timber

    As Feuerstein artifacts suggest, St. Michael's Mount was already in the Mesolithic between 8000 and 3500 BC. Colonized. Also during the Neolithic period between 4000 and 2500 BC Chr. May have lived here people. From the Bronze Age (2500 to 800 BC), no safe traces have been preserved. Around 1700 BC Chr. Haselwald surrounding the hill was flooded by the sea.
    In the Middle Ages, there may already be a monastery on the hill between the 8th and 11th centuries. In a donation, Eduard the Confessor gave the site to the Benedictine Order of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy. In 1424, St. Michael's Mount then passed to Syon Abbey.
    The oldest surviving monastery buildings date back to the 12th century. The chapel on the hill was built in the 15th century and is, like the castle, privately run, but can be visited. The noble family Baron St. Levan, descended from St. Aubyns, left the estate to the National Trust in 1954. Descendants of the family still live on the island today.

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    • August 19, 2019

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