St Michael’s Mount – Cornwall

Last month we stayed at Silverspring Hideaway in Cornwall, just 40 minutes from home. It still felt like a ‘proper’ holiday though, and we went somewhere for the first time as well – St Michael’s Mount.

I can imagine those who know me or read regularly here will now be wondering how on earth having been born in Cornwall, and having lived here my whole life I have never been to St Michael’s Mount before.

The truth is simply, that sometimes when you live somewhere you don’t always do the things that are on top of any tourist’s wish list of things to do. I’ve always intended to visit St Michael’s Mount, but I just never got around to it, and Simon hadn’t either so it was a first for both us and the boys.

I’m working my way around everywhere in Cornwall I haven’t been before gradually though, and definitely plan to investigate more places in 2016.

Our first sight of St Michael's Mount

To get the Mount, you need to park at Marazion, which we did. Depending on the tides, you can either walk across to St Michael’s Mount or you will need to get a boat – water taxi. We got a boat, which really added to the experience.

Boats

Just remember to make sure you have money on you for a boat ride in case you need to get one, I think we paid £2 per adult and £1 per child when we went over. The boys loved the boat ride – almost as much as Si, who dreams of owning his own one day.

Due to it being out of the main season when we went, the gardens were closed, although once we made our way into the castle and up to the top, we could see parts of them way below us.

St Michael's Mount gardens

Before we headed upwards though, we admired the gorgeous harbour there, and headed for some food at the Island cafe. We ate overlooking the sea, the food was delicious and very reasonably priced. You do have to be wary of leaving your plate alone though, as when we were there someone left their dirty plates outside when they left, and a seagull swooped right down and helped himself.

St Michael's Mount

We had been pre-warned by a lot of people about the steep walk up to the castle and it really was steep, but no where near as hard to climb as we expected. It had been wet in the days before we visited though, which made the stones as you walk up pretty treacherous.

We actually had to hold on to the handrails all the way up where we could and did slip a little. That is one main thing to note about St Michael’s Mount if you plan to visit, actually going up to the castle is not really suitable for anyone not able-bodied, and really not suitable for pushchairs. You can explore the harbour and possibly the gardens easily, but any further up really might not be an option I’m afraid.

We looked for the heart stone on the way up, it’s harder to spot than I’d imagined, and there are few fake ones dotted around to try to trick you. In Cornish legend, the heart belonged to Cormoran, a giant killed by Jack the Giant Killer who was a local. Apparently, if you listen hard enough you can still hear his heart beating…

We loved exploring the castle, and the views from the top were just stunning.

St Michael's Mount Castle

The inside of the castle is beautiful as well, although the part that I absolutely loved was the chapel/church. With the sun shining through the stained glass windows it really was absolutely stunning.

The Mount

When we left St Michael’s Mount, the water level had changed and as if by magic, the causeway had re-appeared, so that we could walk back to our car in Marazion. It did feel weird to be walking back when we’d had to get a boat in, and the views were beautiful.

Causeway

St Michael’s Mount has a rich history, which you can read about on the St Michael’s Mount website, and this is also where you can check opening times and prices – it’s part of the National Trust if you have memberships like we do.

I really would recommend a visit to St Michael’s Mount if you haven’t been before, we all loved it there and the boys enjoyed doing a trail quiz as we went around.

If you’re looking for more places to go in Cornwall, I have a post with over 100 places to go in Cornwall, one with things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining and another with places to go in Cornwall all year.

Stevie x

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33 Comments

  1. 19 December 2015 / 8:36 pm

    My wife was desperate to visit the mount when we were in Cornwall this year. But the tide was in and it was too windy for the boat. Hoping we can visit next time!

    • 20 December 2015 / 11:37 am

      That’s a shame, it’s a beautiful place and we were very lucky with the weather, especially considering it was November!

      Stevie :)

  2. 19 December 2015 / 8:42 pm

    I would love to visit one day but it’ll have to wait a couple of years since pushchairs are not an option. I love your photos! :)

    (Oh and I get what you mean about living somewhere your whole life and not doing the touristy stuff – still not been to the top of Snowdon!)

    • 20 December 2015 / 11:43 am

      Oh my pushchair days seem like a very long time ago now eek! Have an amazing Christmas lovely

      Stevie x

  3. 20 December 2015 / 12:20 pm

    It looks wonderful – we were going to visit Cornwall last year and this was on our list to do (unfortunately the trip was cancelled). I was concerned about the steep climb but if there is a handrail I think we’d be fine – I love the stained glas windows x

    • 20 December 2015 / 3:57 pm

      That’s a shame, hopefully you’ll get to come down in 2016 :) The handrails are on most of the steepest path bits, which was just as well as it was so slippery – I’d hate to think what it’s like when it’s icy! Well worth it though, the views were just beautiful and the stained glass windows were my favourite too :)

      Stevie x

  4. 21 December 2015 / 10:24 pm

    Such lovely photos Stevie, you have captured the Mount beautifully. Looks like a gorgeous day. We love it there, we’ve been a few times, most recently in October half term, but then we are definitely tourists! Unfortunately the gardens were closed due to the wind when we went, but we will definitely be returning next year! X

    • 21 December 2015 / 11:33 pm

      The gardens looked beautiful from above, although they seemed very far down! We’ll definitely be going back a some point to investigate them :) and thank you sweetheart

      Stevie xx

  5. 1 January 2016 / 10:03 am

    Looks amazing somewhere we would definitely like to go. My kids would love to walk that causeway to the island

    • 1 January 2016 / 11:12 am

      We were so lucky when we went, despite it being November it was actually a pretty hot and clear day, which made the views brilliant. Definitely worth a visit :)

      Stevie

  6. 1 January 2016 / 11:32 am

    Thanks for sharing in so much detail, this is going on our list of places to visit in 2016 and it really helps to know what places are like before visiting them ,especially with little ones along for the ride! Happy New Year :-) x#PicknMix

    • 1 January 2016 / 11:40 am

      My pleasure, we loved it there :)

      Stevie x Happy New Year!

  7. 1 January 2016 / 1:38 pm

    It looks awesome – and it’s so true that we hardly ever get round to visiting what we have on our doorstep. It’s embarrassing how much there is in South Wales I’ve never been to! :) #picknmix

    • 1 January 2016 / 10:45 pm

      I’m determined to visit lots of places in Cornwall I haven’t before this year :)

      Stevie x

  8. 1 January 2016 / 2:19 pm

    I’ve only been once and that was about 10 years ago! Seeing your photos makes me want to return. Happy New Year Stevie #PicknMix

    • 1 January 2016 / 10:47 pm

      The boys were the perfect age to go, so it was good timing for us and I’m glad I got to share the visit as a first with them and with Si :)

      Stevie x

  9. 2 January 2016 / 10:56 pm

    This looks absolutely stunning. I love exploring new places and visiting new cities but its always good to remember that we probably have amazing attractions and places to visit close to home. #PicknMix

    • 2 January 2016 / 11:08 pm

      It really is so beautiful there, and I am so glad we finally got around to going!

      Stevie x

  10. 3 January 2016 / 2:26 pm

    I have heard so many good things about St Michael’s Mount. I will really need to go a visit it sometimes this year. That’s it – Cornwall will be on my Travel Bucket list for this year. :)

    • 3 January 2016 / 4:24 pm

      It is absolutely beautiful there, and Cornwall is too although obviously I am a teeny bit biased ;)

      Stevie x

  11. 3 January 2016 / 5:52 pm

    I visited here when I was a teenager with my family and I would love to go again. Love all your pictures and that story about the heart stone is so cool. Glad you all had a fun day exploring x #picknmix

    • 3 January 2016 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you, I loved it there and have no idea why it took me 32 years to get around to visiting! ;)

      Stevie x

  12. 4 January 2016 / 9:10 am

    Lovely photos – we went years ago and you brought back happy memories!

    • 4 January 2016 / 2:37 pm

      My pleasure it’s a beautiful place!

      Stevie

  13. 5 January 2016 / 9:23 am

    St Michaels Mount definitely looks like a great place to visit, I love that the castle gardens are on the steep hillside too and the heart stone looks interesting to find. If we ever make it down to Cornwall we’ll definitely betting this on our to see list. Thanks for hosting #picnmix :) x

    • 5 January 2016 / 11:40 am

      My pleasure lovely and it really is an amazing place to visit, I wanted to live there!

      Stevie xx

  14. Nige
    5 January 2016 / 1:28 pm

    We have never been to Cornwall but when we do this looks a fab place to visit beautiful photos #picknmix

    • 5 January 2016 / 1:54 pm

      Thank you, you should definitely visit Cornwall, it’s great for family holidays :)

      Stevie

  15. 12 March 2016 / 11:15 am

    Looks and sounds lovely. Maybe when I’m allowed in Cornwall I should go ;)
    On the note of going places that you’ve never been but are local….I think everyone is like this. I suppose I’m slightly different because I get to places more with the HomeEd stuff

    • 12 March 2016 / 6:29 pm

      Since starting the blog I’ve found we go out to different places more, I think reading everyone else’s comments on Cornwall has reminded me how lucky I am and to make the most fo it :)

      Stevie

  16. 7 July 2016 / 10:54 pm

    I spotted this post on twitter and had to look as we are heading to cornwall in 3 weeks and St Micheals Mount is on our list of places to visit, we go everytime we visit cornwall, but I havent been for 7 years. Some gorgeous photos, I cant wait to visit!

    • 7 July 2016 / 11:22 pm

      I’ll cross my fingers for good weather for you! It was ridiculously the first time I had ever been, despite living in Cornwall all my life. Absolutely beautiful place :)

      Stevie x

  17. 8 August 2016 / 10:45 am

    This brings back memories of a caravan holiday in Penzance when I was a child – we visited St Michael’s Mount

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