St Michael’s Mount is a rock island home to the St Aubyn family and a very small community, with the oldest buildings dating from the 12th century. The main feature is the medieval church and castle but the gardens are pretty spectacular on the incline up to the castle with amazing views of Mount’s Bay.
What to know before Visiting St Michael’s Mount
You must purchase a ticket online with a specific time slot to enter the island. When I visited in September, the island was open from 11am to 3pm. Their website sets out the opening times depending on the weather and tide so check that before your visit.
There a few car parks in Marazion town where St Michael’s Mount is based. We opted for Folleyfield Car Park (postcode TR17 0EG) which was a 10 minute walk along the beach to the start of the causeway to the island. Due to social distancing, it can take a while to cross the causeway to the island so factor that into your planning. The boats were not running when I visited due to Covid-19.
The gardens take around 30 minutes to walk around and the castle around 1 hour+, particularly given queues to get in due to social distancing. We booked our garden ticket for 11.30, had some lunch and then visited the castle at 13.45.
There is a kiosk and two larger food outlets (all takeaway at the minute) on the island. They serve everything from hot drinks and pastries to sandwiches and hot meals. We had a delicious cream tea on the grass overlooking the sea as the outside tables were occupied.
The Gardens at St Michael’s Mount
The gardens were £8 entry (or free if you are a National Trust member) where you can weave and climb your way towards the castle whilst admiring beautiful flowers and plants along the way. The most unique part of the gardens are the stunning views over Mount’s Bay. The higher you climb, the better they get!
The blooms include Pelargonium, Gazanias, Lithodora, Pericallis, Parahebe and Pelogoniums and so much more. In lay man’s terms, the flowers and plants are colourful, unique looking and provide a pretty backdrop to the castle and the surrounding sea.
Note that the gardens are closed from October to Spring 2021.
The Castle at St Michael’s Mount
The castle was £11.50 entrance fee (or free if you are National trust member). There was quite a queue to get in when we visited, even with timed tickets. However, the views are very enjoyable (unless it is raining).
Once in you can explore the ancient doorways and corridors and view several rooms where the St Aubyn family have lived since the 17th century. The terraces towards the end of the walk offer beautiful views from Lamorna to the Lizard.
East London Girl: Visiting St Michael’s Mount