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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.

Winter Opening Schedule

St Michaels Mount amphibious vehicle 

St Michaels Mount amphibious vehicle

From November until 13 March 2015, St Michael's Mount enters its winter opening schedue with the castle open for guided tours on Tuesday and Friday at 11am and 2pm. Take a special guided tour with our knowledgeable guiding team plus enjoy a unique trip on St Michael's Mount amphibious vehicle, the St Michael, when the tide is in. St Michael's Mount amphicraft was built 10 years ago by Sivad Maritime in Falmouth and was specifically commissioned by Lord St Levan to transport his family and the islanders to and from the island. It is a vital link during winter as the transport lifeline to ferry the children to school, bring over provisions and indeed service the visitor business. In 2006, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited the Mount and Prince Edward tried his hand at driving it. Last year, the vehicle carried two more special visitors when Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh,enjoyed a VIP visit to St Michael's Mount.

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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