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Rocky island crowned by medieval church and castle, home to a living community

Still home to the St Aubyn family as well as a small community, this iconic rocky island is crowned by a medieval church and castle - with the oldest buildings dating from the 12th century.

Immerse yourself in history, wonder at the architecture and discover the legend of Jack the Giant Killer.

Look down on the subtropical terraced garden and enjoy the breathtaking views of spectacular Mount's Bay.

If the weather is favourable, take a short evocative boat trip to the island, or at low tide, enjoy the walk across the causeway.

To check tide times and for further information, visit St Michael's Mount website.

Island Life Tours

Watching the boats on the harbourside of St Michael's Mount © St Michaels Mount

Watching the boats on the harbourside of St Michael's Mount

During 2014, we will be continuing with our Island Life talks around the village and harbourside of St Michael's Mount. These will focus on the history of community life, from its heyday as a port, to the current everyday life of getting the children to school and transporting the shopping to the island. The talks will be an informative and personal account of island life, given by an island resident, and will focus on little known facts of the island - did you know that it used to be home to two public houses? Did you know that the 'Change House' - at the entrance of the ancient causeway - is where castle residents used to change into their swimsuits? Tours will take place every Tuesday and Friday at 11am and 2pm.

Joshua Reynolds portrait returns after 200 years

See the portrait in the Blue Drawing Room

See the portrait in the Blue Drawing Room

In 2012, the St Aubyn family successfully bid at Christies in London for a portrait of the 5th Sir John St Aubyn by the famous 18th-century painter and first president of the Royal Academy of Arts, Sir Joshua Reynolds. A copy of this painting currently hangs in the Blue Drawing Room in the castle, opposite the portrait of Francis Bassett of Tehidy, painted by Thomas Gainsborough.

Sir John St Aubyn and Francis Bassett were contemporaries, first cousins, fellow MPs and good friends. Family tradition has it that at one point they had a falling out and on reconciling, agreed to exchange portraits of each other.

Now after 200 years, the Joshua Reynolds portrait is in its original home this season where it will be on display in the castle's Blue Drawing Room.

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