St. Michael's Mount
St. Michael's Mount
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • andreadE5823IH
    Truro, United Kingdom169 contributions
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    First Time Visitors.💕
    Truly Amazing!! An absolute Beautiful place in a stunning part of Cornwall.This was our first visit to St Michaels Mount and it won’t be the last.Having lived in Cornwall all my life I had always wanted to visit here and I’m so glad we did,we had the best weather,the water was like a mill pond and so clear we could have spent all day just on the boat back and forward,My parents came too and my mum and I aren’t keen on boats but it was lovely really friendly guides and boat men.The warm and friendly attitude didn’t stop there either we met some really lovely people who work on the island and they were all very knowledgeable about their job roles and the information they gave.Unfortunately because we visited in a Sunday the gardens were closed but we could still see the beautiful gardens from above.The Aubrey family are very lucky to have such a beautiful home in such a stunning location. The steps up are very uneven in places but there is hand rails up and down so you can take your time there are benches placed in various areas for you to take a break and breath int he views.Don’t forget look for the dragons ❤️ on the way up it’s not in the stone like we thought maybe look underfoot.we visited the coffee van on the harbour and had delicious lattes before going up to the castle and then we wondered around the lovely shops and had another coffee in the cafe.would highly recommend the visit.There is also a large carpark. In Marazion which is long stay we paid £5 for five hours this was plenty of time for us but you can extend your time should you require.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Lindsay H
    Manchester, Tennessee29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A perfect day!
    This is just SO COOL. When in life can you explore a storybook-like tidal island, and see a castle and amazing gardens too?! It’s like a dream. If you are in the area, it’s a can’t miss experience! We especially loved the gardens, our party of 7 all enjoyed the experience. Shout out to tour guide Darrin who showed us special attention as Americans with heritage in Cornwall, and told us about some traditional recipes to try. A beautiful experience indeed.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Valerie342
    Dorset, United Kingdom228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view of the coast line
    It is a few years since I last visited St. Michael's Mount and I was not disappointed. The only problem was that I forgot to check the tides so we had to take the ferry both way. Part of the enjoyment of this trip is the walk either across or back. The gardens were open this time and are well worth a visit. Just be warned there are a lot of steps in the garden which are narrow and the climb up St. Michael's is a bit steep.
    Thank you so much for your lovely review! Hope that the causeway is open next time you visit! Thank you so much again and we hope to see you one day soon. Best wishes The Mount Team
    Written June 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Dean027
    Plymouth, United Kingdom206 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    one of our favourite National Trust sites
    This has been on a to-do list for a long time and I agree with dana that the gardens and castle are breathtaking - one of our most enjoyable National Trust visits. Walked across in ankle deep water in a few places and stopped in the Island Cafe for lunch, I felt this was extremely expensive and this is the reason for deducting a point. Took us just over 3 hours to walk around but we didn't visit any of the shops. Was able to walk across the causeway again before stepping onto the beach and back to the car park. Grounds and castle immaculate, staff at the castle very knowledgeable and friendly - lovely place.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 4, 2023
  • JHNB1
    Cambridge, United Kingdom228 contributions
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    Great weather for our visit
    We planned our visit a day in advance and luckily the tide was out at 08:30 so we walked like many others to the mount on the well paved causeway. Everything is well organised. Helpful guides everywhere checking and directing the crowd. The building is pretty bleak in granite but very clean and well kept. We particularly liked the ‘lantern’ that had pride of place in the church. The gardens were closed. Children loved the spac. No lifts here for disabled or wheelchair users, and the steps up to the mount are uneven. Of course there are great views over the sea. We managed to see everything and returned as the tide began to cover the causeway. A memorable visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Suemho1
    Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out
    Lovely trip across on the boat. We walked up to the top of the castle and views were wonderful. We were disappointed that we couldn't come back down via the gardens as we didn't have the energy to go back down to the harbour then up to the gardens. We had combination tickets but couldn't do it all. Went back on the boat then stayed on beach for some tea as our Grandson wanted to take photographs when the causeway was open. We had a lovely day.
    Dear Sue We're delighted to read that you had a lovely day out with your grandson. It can be tiring climbing to the castle and back, and we're sorry you couldn't make it to the gardens. We do hope you'll come back one day and explore the rest of the island. Best wishes The mount Team
    Written June 8, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written June 7, 2023
  • James A
    724 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing gardens
    We had pre booked and arrived nice an early so no hassle with parking. We walked over first think to notice were how lovely and knowledgeable the guides were, full of smiles and very helpful. Walked up to the castle which is lovely, it is a hard walk for the unfit and the older population and for them i would not attempt it during or after rain. it is steep and uneven. the views form the castle are for us what was worth going to see a lovely surprise was the little bit of Napoleon. What made it for us were the gardens, they are outstanding, beauty everywhere, we were there mid June and everything seemed to be in bloom. Had a drink in the cafe which is very nice and got the boat back. we were there are about 3 hours or so.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Ronnie
    Hampshire, United Kingdom40 contributions
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    First visit
    We visited St Michael’s Mount for the first time this week. Everything we needed to know prior to our visit was clearly detailed on the website - including our entry tickets for both the castle and gardens, as national trust members this was free. Fortunately when I chose my visiting time I had a pop up message to let me know it would be high tide and we would need to purchase boat tickets to get across to the island. Just shy of £17 one way for six of us, so a little pricey - but to be expected with any tourist attractions really. Although, it did add to the experience going across the water, taking in the views and the children really enjoyed it. The boats are quite literally going across and back all day so there’s virtually no waiting time. On arrival to the island we checked in with staff and headed to the cafe - unsurprisingly this was particularly expensive, but again, expected. There are plenty of shops near the car park before you go across, so you can always purchase some drinks and lunch to take with you. We made our way up to the castle, uneven cobble like stairs and then a steep and equally uneven slope. So be sure to wear appropriate shoes! The castle has been beautifully kept, steeped in history with lots to explore. The views from the castle and the castle itself are visually spectacular and we’ve not seen anything quite like it before. After we had visited the castle, we made our way to the gardens which were absolutely stunning. We finished off our visit by finding a place to sit on the grass with ice cream, soaking up the sunshine and taking in our beautiful surroundings. Over all a fantastic experience and one we would recommend to ‘tick off the list’
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Julia W
    Cornwall, United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Day
    Staggeringly gorgeous, wonderful welcome, chatty, informative staff members, Castle staff amazingly knowledgeable. Highly recommended. PS be sure to walk the causeway one way and boat the other.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Boonstra
    Leesburg, Virginia288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Tidal Experience
    We just walked across the walkway and then back again, about a half hour experience. We thought we could just wander around the island, but you have to pay for a tour, which we weren’t interested in. Watching the tide come in while sitting in a park was very interesting, especially watching tourists still try to cross! A very beautiful part of Cornwall.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
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Sasha
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Booked tickets for 2 and arrived early so we had time to look around outside, firstly I was horrified at queue for the first drinks kiosk you get to, so walked around to the further away cafe which had no queue - however the indoor area of the cafe was closed -(why, when other cafes are open?) and all the trestle tables were piled up outside unusable, so you could only stand in the courtyard area outside the cafe. Also no bin to be seen outside the cafe to throw your sugar wrappers in etc, very odd. If you went around the corner there were some tables there, but they were on the lawn so very exposed and windy. Dress up warm! We had our coffees and then went to join the queue at our allotted time for entering the house. However, the queue stretched across the entire grounds and through past the first kiosk and right past the gift shop (see pic). We hung about a bit to see if the queue was moving much, it didn’t. So by judging just how long we would have to wait in a queue, and the obvious overbooking of far too many people, we decided that it would be too crowded inside anyway and decided to leave without going in. I let the staff on the gate know we were leaving without entering the house despite paying, and they suggested emailing the St Michael’s Mount website - I did this within an hour of leaving the island (and sent photo proof of the queue etc), and 3 days later I have yet to receive a response to my email. I would not waste your money on this unless you enjoy standing in queues.
Written October 22, 2020
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Chelsea C
Birmingham, UK7 contributions
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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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jdavies2001
Derby, UK78 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
This property is ‘jointly’ managed by the National Trust and the St Aubyn family who still live on the property. However this feels very much like a commercial enterprise driven by the family with the National Trust picking up the tab for maintenance and upkeep.

As a NT member it was impossible to book a free ticket despite it being a whole month in advance of my visit (as they clearly keep ‘free’ slots for NT members very limited) and so I had to purchase a family ticket for the house and garden (£61).

A boat ticket is required and this was a further £8 (or so I thought at the time of booking). Turns out the boat ticket you buy in advance is one way only and so the total boat trip for my family (essentially a 3min ferry hop) cost £16. The website feels deliberately obtuse on this issue.

I was far from the only person caught out by this judging by the confused people around me trying to board boats with their ‘single’ tickets. Add in parking at £5 the total came to £82 - higher than a single annual membership to the National Trust!

There is no doubt the location and aspect of the island and house are stunning but the actual number of rooms open to the public are limited (as the family still lives there) and printed information about the house and gardens during the tour is non-existent. Gardens are very well planted but small in scale.

Overall this fell very short of a ‘normal’ National Trust experience and was not worth the price they charge.
Written June 3, 2021
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Tracy B
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May 2021
We are locals and visited St Michael's Mount today, (30/05/21), we used the long stay overflow car park which had queues to get a parking ticket, i decided to download the ''Just Park'' app to speed things up, put my details in three times, but once completed payment, there was no reference of confirmation, i eventually queued and purchased a ticket. We walked across the beach and joined the causeway and proceeded to the normal open entrance only to be asked for ''our tickets'' and told that we needed to pre-book and that is the only way to gain admission, on line, NT recommend that you pre-book, it's not mandatory. The guy then proceeded to tell us that ''dogs are no longer allowed on the mount at all'', ours was actually it a bag and is a miniature breed. that goes for all of the other NT properties. We have never had an issue on the mount before and we were not the only people travelling across the causeway with dogs. Really disillusioned with the National Trust and St Michael's Mount, there are actually a lot better places to go in Cornwall! Don't think we will bother to go back!
Written May 30, 2021
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Mark L
Bromsgrove, UK338 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Family
Booked tickets in advance for the gardens - this is essential at this time of year as people were being turned away. Everything was really well organised with everyone being really helpful and friendly. The gardens themselves and grounds themselves were lovely and we stopped for a coffee at the Island Cafe. Loads of great photo opportunities and an excellent place to visit.
Written August 4, 2020
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zoethomas84
Birmingham, UK69 contributions
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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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ElsTraveller
Reading, UK18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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SwallowD
140 contributions
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Oct 2020 • Family
We booked a timed ticket entry so presumed numbers would be limited . We should have taken more notice of the crowds walking across the causeway . We queued for over 45 minutes on the uneven cobbled steps all the way to the castle , once inside you’re herded around unable to to stop to view or admire anything in the rooms as you feel like you’re just holding up the massive line of people behind you. All the signs and information is removed so you’re just looking at lovely items in glass cabinets . It was a very disappointing trip , far too many people to maintain the two metre rule .
Written October 20, 2020
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Bucksvoyager
Bucks340 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Currently, autumn 2020, entry to the gardens and castle is only with tickets booked in advance so don't try to go the island if you don't have a ticket. Access via the causeway depends on the times of the tides so make sure you check tide times carefully before planning your visit.

The gardens are special and nicely laid out with lots of interesting plants. I presume the gardens are quite sheltered because of the location and that's why they can grow a lot of interesting plants.

There is lots to see in the castle and it has an interesting history.

There are fairly steep, cobled paths in the garden and especially leading up to the castle and I would think they are a bit tricky when it is very wet so make sure you wear sensible shoes and you may need to think twice if you are concerned about steep climbs. However, the views from the castle are splendid so it is all worth the effort.
Written October 10, 2020
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SARAH O
Hinckley, UK32 contributions
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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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