Explore St Michael’s Mount, a quaint tidal island in Mount’s Bay, near Marazion and Penzance. Uniquely situated 500 metres from shore, it’s only accessible by foot during low tide along a man-made granite walkway. With a population of 30 this island has beautiful gardens, a charming harbour as well as a medieval castle and a church that was first constructed in the 12th Century by French monks.
Stoop through ancient doorways and glimpse the castle’s changing faces, from priory to fort, iconic castle to family home. Wander century-old corridors and unravel the history of the St Aubyn family, who have lived here since the 17th century. Discover treasures from the Mount’s past, from religious roots to times of siege and conflict.
Despite the gales and salty winds, the Gulf Stream tempers the climate on the Mount so that frosts are a rarity and the rock acts as a gigantic radiator – absorbing heat by day and releasing it at night, creating a micro climate in which all sorts of unlikely plants flourish. Puya, agave and aloe rear out of the bedrock, agapanthus wave their heavy heads, and binding threads of rosemary, lavender and coronilla tumble down the terraces.
The Barge House Visitor Centre is located on the harbour front. This facility opened in 2016 and was designed and built in partnership with the National Trust, and is a focal point for all of our visitors, in particular those who are unable to take the climb to the castle, or around the garden. The Barge House offers a window into the beauty and spirit of the Mount, and provides valuable insight into the Mount’s history and geography.
Find the castles opening times here.