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Things to see and do at St Michael's Mount

A view across the water at low tide at St Michael's Mount in the distance
St Michael's Mount at low tide | © National Trust Images

Explore the rocky island of St Michael’s Mount, crowned by a medieval castle and church. Step inside historic buildings, stroll through the subtropical garden and soak up the spectacular views of the bay. At high tide you can take a boat trip from the mainland across to the island harbour; at low tide you can walk across the ancient cobbled causeway, as pilgrims have done for centuries.

Step inside the castle at St Michael's Mount

Climb the cobbled pathway to a fairy-tale castle peering out to sea and find architecture dating back to the 12th century.

Discover the intricate plaster frieze in the Chevy Chase room, armour and weapons in the Garrison Room and a model of St Michael's Mount made of champagne corks by a former butler.

Meet Sir John St Aubyn in a series of portraits and set your sights on spectacular views from the castle turrets.

Explore the subtropical garden

Wander through the subtropical terraced garden, designed in 1878 for St Aubuyn, with flower beds nestled amongst granite cliff faces.

A bird's eye view of the gardens, cliffs, and sea at St Michael's Mount, Cornwall
The gardens at St Michael's Mount | © National Trust Images / Hugh Mothersole

Discover a thriving harbour

Visit a living island community where the harbourside village is a hive of everyday activity. In its heyday as a busy port, the island population swelled to 300. Today visitors come and go, and St Michael's Mount is a much-loved home of the St Aubyn family and over 30 islanders.

Soak up the coastal views

Discover spectacular views of Mount’s Bay and the Lizard from the castle battlements, and take in the salty sea air and coastal vistas as you wander around the rocky island.

Summer flowers framing a view over the sea at St Michael's Mount

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A view looking up at St Michael's Mount from the surrounding cliff garden, in Cornwall

Our work at St Michael's Mount 

Perched on top of a rocky island, the gardeners at St Michael’s Mount use abseiling gear to weed and strim the cliff face garden hanging up to 50 metres above the sea.