St Michael's Mount



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After the Norman Conquest, the abbey on St Michael's Mount was granted to the Benedictine order and the church on the island's summit was built by the French abbot in charge of the abbey. Miracles, said to have occurred here in the 1260s, increased the island's religious attraction to pilgrims. The Mount was besieged in 1473 during the War of the Roses, in 1588 it was the place where the first beacon was lit to warn of the arrival of the Spanish Armada, and in the Civil War it was a Royalist stronghold attacked by Cromwell's forces. Today it is the home of the St Aubyn family who have lived here since the 17th century and 30 island residents and families. The island is separated from the mainland by a causeway which is covered by the sea at high tide.

St Michael's Mount
MARAZION, Penzance, TR17 0HS
Phone : 01736 710507


  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Cobbled & uneven surfaces, steep climb
  • Facilities: Sandchair available
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Castle open 18 Mar-29 Jun & 2 Sep-26 Oct, Sun-Fri 10.30-5; Jul-Aug, 10-5.30. Gardens open 16 Apr-29 Jun, Mon-Fri 10.30-5; 6-28 Sep, Thu-Fri 10-5.30; 5 Jul-Aug, Thu-Fri 10-5.30

About the area

Discover Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

Cornwall has just about everything – wild moorland landscapes, glorious river valley scenery, picturesque villages and miles of breathtaking coastline. With more than 80 surfing spots, there are plenty of sporting enthusiasts who also make their way here to enjoy wave-surfing, kite surfing and blokarting.

In recent years, new or restored visitor attractions have attracted even more visitors to the region; the Eden Project is famous for its giant geodesic domes housing exotic plants from different parts of the globe, while nearby the Lost Gardens of Heligan has impressive kitchen gardens and a wildlife hide.

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