St. Michael's Mount

St. Michael's Mount, Marazion: Hours, Address, St. Michael's Mount Reviews: 4.5/5

St. Michael's Mount
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Islands • Castles • Gardens
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Cross the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. Follow in 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. Assistance dogs only.
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Xander1506
Rushden, UK74 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I have always wanted to visit St Michael's Mount and I was really looking forward to it.

We parked in the long stay car park about 0.5 mile away from the causeway that was the entrance to St Michael's Mount, about a 15/20 minute walk.

The climb to the castle is very steep and if you are in a wheelchair or have walking difficulties then I wouldn't recommend it.

Having reached the castle the view is spectacular.

The interactive QR code guide is something I'd recommend as it really enhances the visit and gives an insight into everything associated with the room you are in. Tip- If you struggle for a phone signal go closer to a window and this will help with a signal.

We chose to just buy a castle pass and not a garden pass, we honestly thought that both should be included together at the price we paid and was a bit of a take on having to purchase an extra ticket for each of us. But we would have liked to visit the gardens, which looked very well kept but not worth the extra charge.

We also felt that the castle exhibit as a whole was a bit sparse. We have visited many different historical castles around the country and felt this one fell short. No dungeons, the armoury was a bit disappointing and having left the armoury that was it.

We tried buying a tea from the stall at the bottom near the gift shop but the queue never moved for 15 minutes and we were approximately 20 people away from the stall, so we have up and went to the gift shop.

The boat ride back across to the shore was great and very well organised.

Would I come back again, probably not, but I was glad I went and experienced the fantastic views.
Written August 11, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to write this review of your visit. We do listen to all visitor feedback. Thanks for sharing the tip on phone signal! Very best wishes the Mount team
Written August 12, 2021
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Russy3024
Surrey, UK391 contributions
Jul 2021
We came here last week during the school summer holidays. As National Trust members we were able to book the castle and gardens for free, we just had to pay for the boat ride over as it was high tide.
Parking is easy - there is loads available in the long stay car park in Marazion - i think it cost about £7.50 for the day. It is then a 10 minute walk up to the village harbour where the boats regularly arrive and depart to take you across. The walk up to the castle is pretty steep and the path is quite old, so sensible walking shoes or trainers are a must. The inside of the castle is very interesting and the guides in each room have a wealth of information to impart if asked. The views from several different points on the ramparts and out of windows are sensational and worth the trip alone.
I wasnt so impressed with the gardens and would have been a bit miffed if I had paid for the entrance to them. They are on the eastern side of the castle and on the hillside. They are beautiful but take only about 30 mins to have a good look around. Recommended only if already a national trust member.
One thing I would advise would be to bring your own food. There are a couple of smaller tea huts that sell drinks with minimal queues, but only one cafe selling food. We joined the queue just before 12 and didnt get to the front until after 1pm. There was one chap making coffees and one guy behind the till. Clearly nowhere near enough to service the demand. The queue snakes around a courtyard outside so we actually got drenched twice whilst waiting - there is no cover here!!! Whilst we were on the island this queue only got bigger so I dread to think how long some people waited. When we came off the island and had lunch in Marazion we could still see the queue for the cafe! They need to sort this out.
By the time we were finished the tide had gone out so we were able to walk back to the mainland along the causeway. This was a nice stroll back with small rock pools either side for the kids to explore on the way.
I would definitely come back here, but avoid the cafe and take a packed lunch!
Written August 2, 2021
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Hello and thank you for your review. The queues for the cafes can get quite long during the busy summer months but this hasn't been helped this year by severe lack of hospitality staff and, of course, the 'pingdemic'. Our food and beverages team is working with less than 50% of their staff this season. We hope that one day you and your family will be able to return. With our very best wishes the Mount team
Written August 12, 2021
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Laura K
Birmingham, UK607 contributions
Oct 2021
This was my second visit to St Micheals Mount, It is free to visit if you have a National Trust membership but you need to book in advance we witnessed quiet a few people get turned away at the gate.

Its lovely to be able to walk across at low tide and the step climb to the top is worth it the views out are stunning and the building itself is so well looked after housing really impressive furniture. The staff that work in the building and are available to ask questions and we caught a few interesting stories on the way round. The gardens where unfortunately closed due to the end of season but on my last visit in August 2020 I was able to get the full enjoyment of the gardens to.

There is plenty of places to sit and enjoy a picnic or there is a few little cafe takeaway options and shops on the island to.

Would I pay £14 per adult if I wasn't a National Trust member to be honest probably not as I do think this is a little bit expensive however I am glad it is ticketed to keep it from getting overcrowded. Its well worth investing in a membership when exploring Cornwall and the UK in general as he monthly cost pays for its self in one visit.
Written October 15, 2021
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Thank you, we hope you might come for a 3rd visit one day soon! With our best wishes, the Mount team
Written October 20, 2021
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SARAH O
Hinckley, UK36 contributions
Jun 2022
We booked a 2 night stay at a campsite in Marazion earlier this month especially to visit St Michaels Mount on one of the days.
The last time we visited the Mount was around 4 years ago - we walked across the causeway with our 2 dogs, and sat outside the cafe for lunch and enjoyed the visit.
NOT this time - the owners of St Michaels Mount have now decided that dogs are NOT ALLOWED across there from 1st of April until 1st October.
I wrote to them to tell them of our disappointment, and their reply was that they made that decision because “it was clear that for many people, the experience of visiting us has improved as a result of having no dogs on the island during busier times of the year”.

Also, we found that the town has now decided that Motorhomes over 5.5 m are not welcome in the car parks.

Clearly - they don’t need dog owners money, and are not interested in the public.
Written June 24, 2022
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Hannah C
Telford, England, United Kingdom15 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
The booking system is a deceptive shambles. You walk over the causeway to be told by guard of the gate that you have to have a pre booked ticket online with no option for purchasing cash when you get there.
The tickets are for garden, castle, or garden and castle; however you’re not allowed into the village, cafe, gift shop or lawn without paying for your ticket first even though you walk through/past them to the garden and castle, so people are forced to purchase a ticket when they may just want to have a coffee and enjoy the sun on the lawn.
There needs to be clearer signage regarding ticket bookings and canine access. A lot of people were walking the causeway with dogs to have to walk back again as there is no clear indication about whether or not their canine companions can accompany them.
The garden itself is very beautiful however it needs a clearer one way system in place as people are trying to walk against each other on narrow paths and up and down stone steps.
Do I think £10 each was value for walking around the garden for half an hour, not really. If you wanted to spend longer you possibly could but given how many people were trying to squeeze passed each other, it probably wouldn’t have been enjoyable to sit in for a longer period of time.
Written July 1, 2022
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Chelsea C
Birmingham, UK2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Our visit to St. Michael’s Mount was meant to be the highlight of our week in Cornwall. Unfortunately it has left us feeling absolutely fleeced!! We booked our tickets weeks in advance online for the four of us it cost £72. We planned on walking across the causeway (to try to reduce the cost of purchasing boat tickets each way which is not included in the price of admission) for entry to the island. When we arrived there was no parking left in the main car park so we eventually found our way onto the overflow car park (basically a large grass field) where we then queued up with everyone else and paid our tariff. Once our family of four finally made it to the top of St. Michael’s Mount we were left slightly underwhelmed by the lack of tour guide or educational information. There are some (blink and you miss it) QR codes that can be scanned to learn more information (providing you have the battery life and internet access required). For the considerable price of entry we expected more of an informative tour than the DIY one we received. That being said the views are absolutely breathtaking and the mount itself is one of a kind. Once we had finished exploring we decided to make our way back and saw that we needed to purchase a boat ticket ( £9 for four of us) we purchased it and set out on the boats. However the area that we were dropped on shore is a SIGNIFICANT distance from the causeway. There were hardly no signs pointing us toward the overflow car park, and we had no idea how long it would take us to find our vehicle. Add in to this that we are still trying to carry our 2 year old whose legs have given up because the island wasn’t pushchair accessible. So you can imagine the journey we had returning to the car. Finally we find our way and set off. Fast forward six weeks later and we are getting a letter through the door from a debt collector demanding £170 for our stay at St. Michael’s Mount, even though we paid for our car parking tariff! We had no initial notice or warning implying that our car parking tariff had run out. This is the first we’ve heard of any alleged underpayment. Needless to say it has left a very bitter taste in our mouth and absolutely spoilt any memories of a day out to St. Michael’s Mount. So in case you’re keeping track that was:

Parking £5
Castle & garden tickets £72
One way Boat ticket £9
Parking fine £170

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£256 for a trip to St. Michael’s Mount. Save yourself the money and the headache and go somewhere else.
Written August 9, 2021
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Dear Chelsea Thank you for taking the time to give us this feedback. The QR tour is very simple to use, all you have to do is hold your phone camera over the codes. There is internet access throughout the castle so accessing it shouldn't have been a problem. Also, there are several tour guides in the castle who would've been extremely happy to share their knowledge of every room, artefact and painting with you if the QR code tour wasn't something you wanted to do. The car parks are run separately to St Michael's Mount. Please take this issue up with Initial Parking Ltd who manage the enforcement. With best wishes the Mount team
Written August 12, 2021
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zoethomas84
Birmingham, UK65 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I wouldnt go again if you paid me.
So first off it was free to me as I have a national trust pass otherwise it would have cost £24 per adult to go in. I only booked it thinking at that price it must be a great experience!
We were a family of 4 adults, 2 kids aged 8 and 10 and a 3 year old.
So parking to start with is around £5 for 5 hours after 5 hours it suddenly jumps to £10 on all three of the car parks right by the castle. There are no free car parks for national trust members despite the castle being free and encouraging visitors to park there.
There's a little kids play area by the car parks suitable for age 3-12.
Food wise the cost is extortionate as the nearby pubs are aware that there's people who have nowhere else to eat and the menus we looked at were about £12 for a small sandwich- I'd advise you to take a packed lunch as even before going into this place the whole town commits daylight robbery for anybody who is hungry.
Right onto the entrance of the castle..
There are two ways in, either prebook a ticket on the boat or walk the path. As I was blissfully unaware of the terrain I choose to march the family across BIG MISTAKE.
It is not pram friendly at all and it is a cobbled path, not small cobbles, uneven ones, we had to drag the pram backwards along the path, I couldn't imagine a wheelchair getting down the path at all. I had to stop my three year old from falling into the rock pools at the sides of the path all the way down.
The other option is by boat which is £2.50 per way and takes about 2 minutes (better than a 20 minute walk) again, fine for prams but in accessible to wheelchair users as you have to climb steps up and down to the boat bit.
So the entrance have lovely, pleasant staff and that is the only positive thing I have to say about the place. The walk to the castle is so steep and there's hundreds of steps, in between the steps there's again uneven cobbles. There is a buggy park but that means carrying or forcing small children to climb and its exhausting as an adult.
The castle takes 5 mins to walk through and there's about 10 rooms with paintings in of random people which was not rewarding at all considering the effort it took to climb up there
On the way down I couldn't even tell you what the gardens were like because I was that boerd and desperate to leave we didn't go.
As we went to leave, the tide came in so it was a case of swim back or be forced to pay £2.50 per adult on the boat, £1.50 for each of the kids...
If I was to give anybody advice it would be save your money and don't bother.
Written August 9, 2021
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Hello Zoe Thanks for taking the time to give us this feedback. We just wanted to pick up on a couple of points that you've made so that other potential visitors aren't confused. We are very clear on our website, ticket platform and ticket confirmation emails that the ancient, rugged terrain on the island is tricky to navigate. It is unsuitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs and anyone with mobility issues. We also advise that people wear walking shoes or boots. There are some steps, (not hundreds) and the main path from the harbour to the castle is ancient, steep, cobbled and uneven with limited handrails. On average, the castle takes around 45 minutes to walk through. There is an online tour written by Lord St Levan with information about each room, artefact and painting and our castle guides have a wealth of knowledge that they are all keen to share. It's a shame that you didn't visit the garden terraces as these are cut into granite cliffs with spectacular views and a huge variety of tropical plants. Tide times and causeway times are also very clear on our website and on the island - it is possible to plan your day based on these times should you wish to do so. With very best wishes the Mount team
Written August 11, 2021
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Lila W
Telford, United Kingdom41 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
After looking forward to this day for well over a year I am saddened to say it was so very disappointing ~ booking slots indicated numbers of visitors would be managed ~ VERY wrong ~ 40 min queue for the boat, 20 min queue for 1st ticket check, 40 min queue for cafe, 30 min queue for garden check ( Seperate 25 min queue for Castle) with a warning of closure time. Feeling under pressure we dashed around only to face a 45 min queue for return boat.
For the entire visit social distancing is out of the window ~ lucky if you manage 10 inches apart from each other on garden trail. Add in £25 for a sandwich/pasty/2 coffees and a soft drink, we left reflecting on the fact that hospitality in this country is dire and the "enforced" staycation experience reinforces why we travel abroad.
Looking back over reviews there are some smart responses to the increasingly negative reviews ~ I would so love to be proud of what this country could offer so please, polish up your act St Michaels.
Written September 2, 2021
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ElsTraveller
Reading, UK16 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
This is a truly spectacular place and well worth a visit. We took our 4 and 6 year old but must admit that I had underestimated the amount of walking involved and they did find it a bit difficult (the climb to the castle is quite steep and uneven and there are limited opportunities to stop and sit on the walk up to and through the castle). The staff we encountered were all very friendly and helpful. Special credit to the young lady at the castle checkpoint, who was so very friendly and got our eldest very excited about finding the giant’s heart (he proudly showed her a picture of it after finding it). I have taken off a star because even though we visited in the morning (10 am arrival), it was already quite busy. By the time we did the gardens (11:30), there was a long line of people weaving their way through the garden and there was a heavy stream of incoming visitors via the pathway. If you have any covid concerns, I would avoid (even though you’re mainly outside). I also didn’t like that all info was via a QR code. It would be nice to have a few lines of info per room on a piece of paper. Coffee was lovely but there was not enough outdoor seating for the number of people who were there. Lots of people were picnicking on the grass though so that’s an option if the weather is nice.
Written July 13, 2021
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kgorman1999
Northampton, UK86 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We pre-booked causeway walk tickets the encompassed both the castle and gardens and felt that they were okay priced for a National Trust activity. The walk up to the castle is a bit steep but doesn’t detract from the views of Cornwall once there! The castle was a good insight into Cornish history and took as about an hour to work our way around. The gardens were an nice leisurely walk with different plants and areas to enjoy. The gardens also gave views from the other side of the island which should not be missed.

We also had lunch at the coffee shop and felt that it was very expensive but good quality. If we were to go back we would take a picnic to have in the gardens.

Overall, we enjoyed the island and would recommend it to anyone in the area despite being a bit pricey in areas.
Written May 5, 2022
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Thank you for your review and we are delighted that you had a lovely time. We hope you can come back one day soon! With best wishes Clare
Written May 17, 2022
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