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“Wear sensible shoes and visit on a sunny day!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. Michael's Mount

St. Michael's Mount
King's Road, Marazion TR17 0EF, England
+44 1736 710507
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Marazion
Type: Castles, Islands, Gardens
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking
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Owner description: Cross the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims or boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover an evocative castle, a sub-tropical garden paradise and a close-knit island community.
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“Wear sensible shoes and visit on a sunny day!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT:
We visited St. Michael's Mount while touring the Southwest and Cornwall during late September. It was meant to be the highlight of our trip for my husband who'd really wanted to visit, but for him, it fell short and was slightly disappointing.This was mostly because we were expecting more of a 'town' around the base of the castle itself (Think: Carcassonne) and there also seemed to be a lack of informational signs in the rooms of the castle. (We were encouraged to ask docents questions, but docents were scarce!) Due to the time of year, the gardens were closed and the dull and windy weather that day also didn't make for nice photographs, so if you go, try and go on a sunny day in the warmer months.

WALKING ACROSS THE CAUSEWAY:
I had phoned from the USA way before our visit in late September to ask what time the tides would be out on the day of our visit and the man on the phone was only too glad to help. As it turned out, there was about a 4 hour period where we were able to walk across the cobbled causeway, tour the castle, have a snack at the cafe and walk back again. Ferries are available for £2 if the tide is in when you visit. TIP: Wear sensible shoes for crossing the uneven causeway, ie. no heels!

LOGISTICS
There is nearby parking for a fee and there is a gift-shop and also a couple of cafes at the base of the castle. Other than that, there is a beautiful beach with kite-surfers (on the windy day that we were there anyway!) and the small town of Marazion ("Mara-zeye-on") where you park is cute and has great artsy galleries featuring local artists, etc.

Fee for touring the castle in Sept 2012 (minus gardens): £7.50

Overall, it's an interesting visit. We were surprised to find out that the family that owns it still lives there. Some of the rooms are beautifully decorated and the surrounding scenery is stunning. We stayed in nearby Penzance which we thought was a bit of a waste of time. We wished we'd stayed in Marazion or Mousehole. ("Mouzall").

Visited September 2012
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“Top attraction on this trip to England.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Let me warn you that you have to be pretty fit to reach the castle and I wouldn't take a stroller or wheelchair for anything. You pay to park in Marazion and either pay 2 pounds each way by boat, or if it is low tide walk a half mile on rough, and maybe slick stones. When you reach to island it is at least another half mile of cobbled 60 degree inclines to reach the castle. Very hard if you have to carry anything. I also believe the only bathrooms were at the base of the hill before you climb. There is lots of beautiful vegetation and gardens, but these were closed for the season. We could see them from atop the castle. We loved the small intimate rooms, the family feeling and pictures, the view from the top, the arms display, and the church. What we didn't learn was the beginning history of the castle. There is a shop, plant sales, and a cafe which we did not use. You have to check the blackboard when you arrive to find out when the tide comes in to decide if you need to ferry. This was the highlight of my trip and soworth the climb. There is a Cornish pasty shop in town of Marazion ( pronounced Merra-zion) which you will find by the lines going out the door which was tasty and a good value.

Visited October 2012
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“St Michaels Mount”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

What a wonderful place for a visit if in the area. It has everything (provided you get at least dry weather). A boat ride out to the mount, a lovely walk steep in places but good if you take your time, a wonderful castle with magnificent photo opportunities. Then the walk back down and coffee and Cornish pasties or Cornish ice cream, then a walk back over the causeway which seems a bit daring, like walking in the sea.

This of course needs to be checked with the tides and weather but however you do it I am sure you will enjoy it.

Visited October 2012
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“England's Little-Known Mont St. Michel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This castle, on a very small island just off the coast of Marazion, was built by the same order of monks as Mont St. Michel in France and is a very close replica. A ferry takes you across at high tide, but at low tide a causeway is exposed and tourists can just walk across. A very small village of restaurants and tourist shops are at the bottom, then a short hike through a GORGEOUS series of gardens, then a tour of the castle at the top, which is fully furnished like a museum. A family of nobles still lives there. My favorite part was the view from the top and the gardens, all covered in dew and mist (the castle was half-covered in clouds the whole time we were there).

Visited October 2012
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“a good attraction to come to.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Had a brilliant time here, even walking over.....But the tide did start to come in so did get wet feet but i didnt let that spoil my trip.
Id say come here when it is a clear day, we come on a very foggy day so didnt get the pictures that i have seen of other peoples had to catch the ferry back which is a small charge but even that was enjoyable even though the sea was alittle choppy. Castle was really good and the gardens were lovely

Visited September 2012
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