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About St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount is a tidal island joined to the mainland by a cobbled causeway. Each year, thousands of visitors from across the globe come for its rich history, natural beauty, subtropical gardens and, of course, iconic castle.
Access to the island is ruled by the tides. This means getting across and back is an experience in itself. You may find yourself gliding into the historic harbour on a small ferryboat. Then returning to shore across the ancient causeway, the sea lapping at its edges.
Here’s some ideas to inspire you for your visit. Click on the links below for more details. Bear in mind, some parts of the island are closed in winter. Check our Winter Opening page for more details.
Explore an ancient castle
Take in sweeping views from the defensive battlements of this magnificent castle, where rows of cannons stare out to Mount’s Bay below. Inside, walk through a labyrinth of corridors to see how occupants lived, ate, prayed and did battle over the centuries. Find out more.
Step into the past
History comes in waves here. Henry de la Pomeroy seized and fortified the Mount in 1193. Soldiers fired cannons at Napoleonic ships. And it has become home to fascinating artefacts along the way, including Samurai armour and a mummified cat from Egypt. Find out more.
Soak up the subtropical gardens
Built in 1887, the Garden Terraces at the rear of the castle are a plant-lover’s delight. Agave, cacti, aloe and many more subtropical species cling to the granite on a patchwork of meticulous terraces. Look up and you’ll also enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the castle, which rises out of the cliff face above you. Find out more.
Wander the harbour and village
Enjoy an atmospheric amble among the cobbled streets, cottages, stables, net lofts, and ancient harbour of St Michael’s Mount Village. This was a thriving commercial district in the 1800s and 30 people continue to live here today. Walk in the footsteps of kings, queens and pilgrims. Find out more.
Something to eat – and celebrate?
Our cafes and pop-ups offer everything from quick bites and ice creams, to proper Cornish treats such as freshly baked scones and pasties. You can also treat yourself to a sumptuous Afternoon Tea at the Harbour Loft restaurant.
Looking after the Mount
The St Aubyn family, who have a historic connection with the Mount, and the National Trust ensure this precious island is safeguarded for future generations. Find out more about their unique relationship and the role each plays in its care.