A truly magical place to visit while on holiday in Cornwall. St Michael’s Mount is a memorable day out for the entire family and you can easily spend a whole day here learning about its history and legends, exploring the sub-tropical gardens and ancient castle, strolling around the village, harbour and visiting the charming town of Marazion and its beautiful sandy beach. When the tide is out you can walk across to the iconic island via the cobbled causeway or sail across on the short boat ride when the tide is in.
Take a picnic and sit in the village, harbour or stunning gardens or there is a café and restaurant on the island. St Michael’s Mount is a National Trust attraction and there is a charge to enter the gardens and castle (free for NT members) but there is no charge to walk over to the island and to walk around its village and harbour.
Set in stunning Mounts Bay the Mount offers wonderful views over towards Penzance, Mousehole, Marazion, Perranuthnoe, Cudden Point and the Lizard Peninsula. You can walk or cycle along the 2 mile level coast path from Marazion or Long Rock to Penzance. Or take part of the coastal path the opposite way from Marazion towards Porthleven which passes through many beautiful coves, villages and beaches including Perranuthnoe, Prussia Cove, Cudden Point and Praa Sands. Marazion beach is a popular stretch of beach offering a range of watersports including kayaking, stand up paddlebarding, kitesurfing and swimming. The low level estuary river is a popular spot for little ones to play in - my daughter loves to sail down it on her bodyboard. And Marazion Park next to the beach is a great play area for young children.
The Godolphin Arms directly opposite St Michael’s Mount is a wonderful place to sit with a cream tea or local cider to take in the panoramic views of Mounts Bay. Daily at 11am and 2pm (except Saturday), join island guides for an informative tour of the village and harbour - a great way of getting an insight into island life.