St Michael’s Mount, Marazion

You reach magnificent St Michael’s Mount near Marazion by striding the causeway or by boat trip depending on tides. Either way, it is a magical place to visit.

One there, you will find yourself treading the medieval pathways of this rocky iconic jewel, crowned by a imposing castle.

Legend has it that it once formed part of a mythical land, Lyonesse, but also that a folk hero, Jack, killed a giant named Cormoran who would leave the island at night to plunder cattle on the mainland. The tale of Jack the Giant Killer will undoubtedly capture your imagination.

Despite the salt air and sometimes ferocious gales, the gardens here thrive on the remarkable light from the sun’s rays reflecting from the sea, and the lack of frosts in this sub-tropical climate.

If you enjoy history, then the Castle, owned by the St Aubyn family, has seen changes from priory to fort to family home. The island was once a community of over 300 people involved in the tin industry, but now that figure is closer to 30 islanders. A guided tour of the village and harbour will tell you more.

There are lots of summer events such as free rock pooling around the causeway.

If staying in Marazion or nearby, early morning offers great photo opportunities as the sun rises over the Mount for that delightful dawn shot.

Be mindful of tide times, take sensible footwear for the cobbles, and take your National Trust card.

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