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St Michael’s Mount

Last updated: 28 April, 2024

This spellbinding tidal island is famous for being connected to the mainland by an ancient causeway ­– a raised cobbled walkway on the sea bed – that’s covered by water at high tide, cutting off the island.

The island itself is home to a spectacular castle and a small village. The castle’s history dates back to the 12th century when it was built as a monastery by Benedictine monks. Over the years, it has served as a place of pilgrimage, a fortress, and a stately home.

Visitors can wander the streets, explore the castle and its gardens, and soak up the views, and of course, walk across the famous causeway.

Logistics

Price from: £26
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The best way to get there is by driving and parking at the long stay Marazion car park. From there, the main means of access is by walking over the raised causeway – about 10 minutes. When that’s not possible, ferries from the mainland operate from the end of March to the end of October. Ferry crossings take about 10 minutes.

Buy tickets before you arrive from the website. You can buy separate tickets for the castle and gardens, but you’re best bet is the combination ticket. There’s no time specified limit, but the island closes to visitors at 5pm.

When to do it

The island is open all year round, seven days a week to visitors.