St Michael’s Mount

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St Michael's Mount

St Michael’s Mount

St Michael’s Mount is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cornwall. The castle rises from the sea and, at low tide, you can cross the ancient causeway and visit the island on which the castle stands.

It opens today for the season ahead. Over the coming months, the island will come alive with activity and has an exceptional year to look forward to including celebrating the 60th anniversary of its gift to the National Trust.

It was here, back in 1975, that my wife – peering under the various stones – found an incised cross, drawing it to the attention of the local archaeologists who were unaware of its existence so to us, St Michael’s Mount is a special place.

Thought to date from around 400BC, St Michael’s Mount has had many incarnations; a monastery, a site for pilgrimage, a castle fortress, a trading port and an early warning system for the Spanish Armada, as well as a family home.

St Michael’s Mount isn’t a dusty museum or a dormant relic of a past life and the island is still home to the St Aubyn family and more than 30 islanders who occupy the waterside cottages at the foot of the Mount and whose jobs range from boatman to gardener, castle guide to handyman.   Some of the families that live and work here have been on the island for generations with one islander tracing his roots back 300 years.

While the National Trust now ensures the preservation and conservation of the Mount, the St Aubyn family continue to live on and manage the island, as they have done since the middle of the 17th century.

The castle, shops and restaurants are open daily (except Saturdays) from 30 March until 2 November; adults £8, children £4, families cost £20.00 and single adult family £12. National Trust members go free.

 

 

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