Location Guide: St Michael’s Mount

February 06th, 2023

St Michael’s Mount is known worldwide for being one of the best attractions in Cornwall. With its famous mediaeval castle, fascinating, vibrant gardens and sensational local delicacies, this place is a remarkable sight and is not one to miss. 

In this guide, we will be exploring the beautiful St Michael’s Mount to share everything you need to know for your visit.

St Michael's Mount castle

What is St Michael’s Mount Famous For?

St Michael’s Mount is a famous small rocky island with a medieval church, castle and small village. Home to the St Aubyn family, the island is located a walkable distance offshore from Marazion in Mount’s Bay. 

St Michael’s Mount is also a famous film location for popular films and television. The island was recently used in the famous HBO TV show ‘House of The Dragon’ as the home of House Velaryon.

St Michael's Mount and causeway

How Do I Get to St Michael’s Mount?

The island can be reached at low tide by a cobbled causeway or boat at high tide. If you are travelling by car, there is a car park called St Michael’s Mount and Long Stay Marazion car park where you can leave your vehicle to visit the island. 

The postcode for the car park is TR17 OEG.

How Long Does the Boat Take to St Michael’s Mount?

St Michael’s Mount offers one of the best boat trips near Falmouth and Truro. A boat to the island takes about 10 minutes one way. The boats will depart and return to one of three landing points depending on high tide: Chapel Rock, Gwelva and Top Tieb. 

You can buy return boat tickets on the island or at Marizon beach. On the day of your boat trip, you will be directed by St Michael’s excellent guides throughout your time on the sea and the island.

How Long Does it Take to Walk Over to St Michael’s Mount?

Depending on the tide, there is a fantastic opportunity to walk along the cobbled causeway from Marizon to the mount. The walk takes around 15 minutes from the start of the causeway to the base of the island. 

If you are looking for a lengthier stroll, take a peek below of our blog below for the best beaches in Cornwall for walks.

St Michael's Mount Castle

What is at St Michael’s Mount?

There are plenty of things to see and do on this glorious island! You can visit the fantastic castle, gardens and church to discover the island’s deep history. The island is known for being one of the most legendary places to visit in Cornwall due to stories of archangel Micheal and Jack, the Giant Killer. 

If you are feeling peckish, the island has an amazing cafe that sells freshly made sandwiches, rolls, cakes and origin coffee.

For memories that last a lifetime, visit the island shop to buy personalised St Michael’s gifts and Cornish goodies!

Dog on beach

Is St Michael’s Mount Dog Friendly?

Your furry friend is welcome to visit the harbour and village on the island from 1st October until 31st March. Please be aware that dogs are not permitted to visit the castle, mount, castle grounds, paths and gardens during public visits. 

If you and your dog are craving adventure, there are plenty of things to do in Cornwall with dogs not too far from St Michael’s Mount that will provide endless fun.

St Michael's mount and village

How Safe is St Michael’s Mount?

The island has uneven terrain, so we recommend you wear sensible footwear when visiting. Please keep yourself safe by staying on island and castle paths, and do not put yourself in harm’s way. 

Please be warned that there is a limit on the number of visitors on the island at any time. If you are looking for beaches that are child friendly, check out our guide to family friendly beaches in Cornwall for more information.

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