ST. MICHAELS MOUNT

ST. MICHAELS MOUNT

Oh St. Michaels Mount! If you’ve never heard of St. Michaels Mount then prepare to be wowed!

St. Michaels Mount is a castle on an island, situated slightly out to sea off the coast of Marazion in Cornwall. Steeped in legend and fairytale and with stunning buildings that date back to the 12th century and views that’ll make anyone go ‘ohhhh’, it’s definitely a place worth visiting if you’re ever in Cornwall.

Evie’s been so poorly for the past few days and we’ve been homebound. I’ve been itching to get outside. Thinking some sea air might do us all some good, we headed to the mount.

St Michaels Mount

If you’ve never been to the mount before, there are two ways to arrive. On foot, or by boat. When the tide is in the causeway isn’t visible and you have no choice but to go by boat. We timed it so that we’d get to walk.

I wanted to walk for two reasons. One because little miss poorly probably wouldn’t fair well on a boat and two, when we came a few months ago by boat I was hit by a rogue wave. My family found it hilarious because I was the only one that seemed to get hit, but I was so cold and I had to walk around shivering and wet for most of the day.

It’s a long uphill walk to the castle, which can be a nightmare with a toddler. But the journey is broken up by lots of things to see and the staff offer you ‘hipsters’ to wear which make carrying little ones a lot easier (no prams are allowed).  Near the start of the climb you come across the giants well.

ST MICHAELS MOUNT GIANTS WELL

Cornish legend has it that a fearsome giant called Cormoran built and lived on St. Michaels Mount. Slain by a local lad who was hereafter known as Jack the Giant Killer, Cormoran’s remains are said to be at the bottom of this well. In real life castle history, this well was actually the main source of water for use in the Castle up until 100 years ago.

A bit further up you find the giants heart. A heart shaped stone marks a spot and it is said that when you stand on the stone with your hand on your heart, you can still hear the faint thudding of the giants heartbeat from where it’s buried in the granite far below.

ST MICHAELS MOUNT GIANTS HEART

It can be difficult to spot but when we pointed out the heart to Evie (we’ve been teaching her about shapes recently and hearts and stars are her favourite) there were lots of ‘oh wows’ and she wanted to touch it.

I’ve been up to the mount so many times before, but as I get older I seem to appreciate the scenery even more. The views all the way up are incredible and the cobbled pathway as you climb is laced with so much history. There are lots of lookout points to explore and plenty of photo opportunities to take advantage of.

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When you reach the summit, the castle itself is stunning. This is the public entrance to the castle (it was originally a monastery!) . Evie enjoyed the wind and spent most of her time with her mouth open lapping up the air like a puppy hanging out of a car window.

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Inside, only a small portion of the castle is open to the public but the rooms, although small, are beautifully kept.

We didn’t get any pictures indoors. Although you are allowed your camera, we were too absorbed in reading about everything and looking at the beautiful objects. Inside you get to see the drawing rooms, formal dining room, smoking room, the library, a garrison room and more.

You don’t get to see any bedrooms, bathrooms or the kitchens but the house is still lived in by Lord and Lady St. Levan, so most of the castle is still private. It must be incredible to live here!

Halfway through the tour of the rooms we ended up outside on the South Terrace where the views across the English Channel and down the Cornish coast are breathtaking.

ST MICHAELS MOUNT 4Evie normally wants to run around up here because it’s a huge courtyard style area, but today she clung to us the whole way around. As much as it may be difficult trying to catch her all the time, we really did miss our energetic toddler today. It did mean that we got to enjoy the views though.

The mount is surrounded by stunning gardens. The gardens are designed to be seen from above as well as from ground level. But you have to be a fan of heights to be brave enough to look down.

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The gardens aren’t open anymore at this time of year, but I bravely leaned over and snapped a picture. They look so beautiful. But oh my we’re up high!! The gardeners look so small!

Jamie and Evie kept playing peekaboo around the terrace and we actually managed to get a smile out of poorly pants a few times.

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Although we got a couple of smiles on our way around we were really surprised and very worried that she didn’t want to walk once. We carried her the WHOLE way around. It was so sad because normally she loves charging around places and the last time we came here she didn’t want to be picked up at all!

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Outside it’s so windy, but every corner you walk around throws up a different view. Below you can see the harbour that’s attached to the mount and the causeway, where you walk back to Marazion. It’s a long way up from where we began!

The walkway takes you around the highest balconies of the castle leading to the islands very own church.ST MICHAELS MOUNT 8

There was a service on today as it happened to be St. Michaels Day, so although we didn’t get to take any pictures of the church, we got to enjoy watching the ceremony and listening to the hymns. It was a really lovely atmosphere.

If you are ever in Cornwall, St. Michaels Mount is a must visit. Plus it’s only £8.50 entry per adult. What a bargain!

If you love castles then check out my post on Pendennis Castle. It has equally stunning views.

Have you ever visited St. Michaels Mount before? Would you ever visit if you were in Cornwall?

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    • October 1, 2015 / 9:00 pm

      Oh my you must one day. It is so beautiful. 🙂 x

  1. Jenny Eaves
    September 30, 2015 / 7:16 am

    Wow! That castle is stunning, I would love to visit it one day. How amazing that it’s still lived in, I would love to live on a little island and those gardens are beautiful! I love causeways, we need to visit the one at Holy Island soon. A shame poor Evie isn’t feeling well, hope she’s 100% again soon! Fingers crossed for a better week for you guys. 🙂 xx

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      You must visit one day, it’s so beautiful! Definitely a ‘wow’ place. I’d love to live somewhere like this too. It must be so peaceful and idyllic when it’s closed. x

  2. September 30, 2015 / 6:54 am

    awww, what a shame she wasn’t 100% that day – you must have been tired carrying her around all day like that. Poor thing. It looks lovely though and I think I would have preferred to walk too – I’m not a fan of boats!
    #whatevertheweather

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment. We were exhausted. It’s a very long way up and back down. But we were all so glad to have gotten out. Haha the boat ride does get really choppy sometimes. It’s not a very sheltered area so gets very windy. Walking is definitely better! x

  3. September 30, 2015 / 7:44 am

    What an amazing view! Poor little thing! Hope she is better now.

    FarZain
    @http://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae/

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you so much, she’s definitely on the way back up now thankfully! It’s been a long week. x

  4. Mum in Brum
    September 30, 2015 / 8:45 am

    Brilliant posts and fantastic pictures – I can smell the sea air from here! I’ve never visited before, but next time we holiday in Cornwall I would love to take a trip here, it looks brilliant. Hope Evie feels better soon xx

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      It should definitely be on your Cornwall bucket list. It’s such a beautiful and unique place. In season there is also tons to do for children including storytelling and things to find! It’s really great. x

  5. September 30, 2015 / 8:11 am

    That is one of my favourite places in Cornwall!
    Beautiful photos – I’m glad you got a lovely sunny day for exploring. It’s such a shame the gardens aren’t open at this time of year, they are just spectacular aren’t they?
    Hope the poorly one is feeling much better soon and running around all over the place again!
    Abel x

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:05 pm

      It’s so beautiful isn’t it. I think they shut last weekend so we just missed them. But they’re definitely stunning. Thank you so much for your comment. x

  6. September 30, 2015 / 8:37 am

    This looks so beautiful, the views are stunning. Sorry to hear that the little one wasn’t well, but I’m glad you were able to get her out and explore a bit. I hope the fresh air helped and that she is on the mend now.

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:05 pm

      It really is a must visit! She’s getting better now thankfully. Thank you so much for your comment. x

  7. September 30, 2015 / 8:41 am

    Oh thanks for a lovely post, it brings back happy memories of when we visited a few yearsyears ago. I found the trek up the mount pretty exhausting as we had a 2 and a half year old year old who insisted on being carried, and I was pregnant too! We still really enjoyed it – the gardens are beautiful aren’t they! We are National Trust members so I think we got in for free, even better! We got the boat across and walked back. It took us ages but was a really lovely walk. Becky x
    #Whatevertheweather

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      I’m so glad you’ve managed to visit! It’s such a beautiful place. Oh my gosh you must have been absolutely knackered walking up pregnant, not even including a toddler! Eeek!!! I hope you got to rest in the gardens. We were looking at getting a National Trust membership. It looks so worth it. I hope the boat ride wasn’t too choppy for you x

      • October 2, 2015 / 2:30 pm

        Yes I didn’t really take on board how much of a trek it was! At least I was wearing suitable shoes, I saw some poor ladies attempting it in high heels! And luckily we didn’t have any bad luck with the boat, I would have been miserable too if we had got wet. xx

        • October 7, 2015 / 5:47 pm

          Oh no how they must have taken ages to get to the top. So lucky with the boat, it’s a really nice ride over if you don’t get drenched. I was the only one on the whole boat that seemed to get hit (and Evie too) so everyone was staring at me while we walked around for the day haha. x

  8. September 30, 2015 / 9:02 am

    Stunning views and scenery! It looks like a wonderful place to visit. I hope Evie is feeling better soon. x

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      It really is wonderful. Thank you so much, she seems to be on the mend now thankfully x

  9. September 30, 2015 / 9:15 am

    How beautiful! Yes I have been to Marizion, when my Keira was 15 months old, although we didn’t actually go onto the island, we just admired it from afar. He are hoping to get back down to Cornwall soon to see the in-laws and I’d love to take all three children there. Sarah x

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:11 pm

      It’s beautiful even from afar though isn’t it. You should definitely go over and see it. Although if you go in a half term or holiday, even though it’s busy, it’s so much better because there is lots more on offer to entertain children. x

  10. September 30, 2015 / 10:09 am

    This looks like a wonderful trip. It is on our bucket list while we are over here. My boys are way into castles right now so I think they would love it. The walk over looks so nice. Were you able to time it so you could walk both ways? #WhatevertheWeather

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      We timed it so we could walk both ways. If you go on to St. Michaels Mount’s website they tell you the tide times so you can time when you arrive and when you leave. Sometimes you might have to get the boat over and walk back or vice versa. I hope you get to visit it, it’s definitely the most unique castle I’ve ever seen in my life. x

  11. September 30, 2015 / 11:07 am

    The views are amazing, especially looking down at the gardens. The kids would love the fact its cut off when the tide comes in – don’t think they’ve ever come across a place where that happens. You are definitely selling the idea of visiting Cornwall to me through all your lovely posts :)Thanks for having us on #WhatevertheWeather

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Honestly, my photos don’t even do it justice. Apart from the boat ride (I’m not a big fan of boats), it’s so beautiful when the tide is in. It feels really special being on an island with a castle. It’s definitely a must see! I live in St. Ives where mosts of my posts are based and I never really go further than 20 minutes in the car. This is only about 15 minutes away! Cornwall is so family friendly, you should definitely come down one day. It’s great that loads of beautiful places are so close together as well because you can visit it all in one holiday. x

  12. September 30, 2015 / 11:16 am

    I’ve been here pre-kids but your post has reminded me – we should take them! #whatevertheweather

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:19 pm

      You really should! It’s so much more magical. In holidays they even have storytellers and so many activities to keep little ones entertained. x

  13. September 30, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    Aha! What a stunning view. I’ve been kicking up last weekend as we were in Devon and so close to Cornwall but, we didn’t have enough time. I am saving this for a mission! lol I would love to go there. I am feeling envious now. Haha
    Poor little Evie, I hope she is feeling better now. xx

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      This is near the bottom of Cornwall so it would have been a bit of a hike, but it’s definitely worth a visit. There are lots of beautiful places close by to this as well such as St. Ives, Lands End and The Minack Theatre so it’s definitely worth staying in West Cornwall and squeezing all of these things in. x

  14. September 30, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Wowee! We got marooned in the car park by St.Michael’s Mount on the way back form Scilly in June – silly car broke down on us. Loved the view but didn’t get to visit the mount itself due to waiting for recovery people. Wish we had now – those views down from the top are fabulous!Next time…

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:23 pm

      Oh no I’m sorry you got marooned!! It’s definitely a great excuse to come back. It really is a spectacle. I hope you enjoyed the Scilly’s! They’re stunning as well. x

  15. September 30, 2015 / 12:34 pm

    Looks lovely, if I’m ever down that way I’ll take a look, I’ve been to the French version. I hope Evie gets better soon it’s horrible when they’re not themselves.

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:23 pm

      Ohhh I didn’t know there was a french version! I’m off to look that up! 😀 x

  16. September 30, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    Looks awesome. We don’t have many castles here in the States, but its one of the main reasons I’d like to get over to the UK one day

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      We have so many and the majority of them are really beautiful. I hope you get to visit some soon. x

  17. September 30, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    Aw poor Evie, I hope she is feeling better soon. The views truly are spectacular. I love the sound of the hipsters for carrying little ones around! We missed out on St Michaels Mount on our visit to Cornwall… oh well we now have an excuse to return again! Thanks for hosting #WhateverTheWeather

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you so much, she’s definitely on the mend now. The hipsters are so helpful. They really take the weight of the toddler and it makes it so much easier to get around. You definitely have a great excuse to come back haha. It’s well worth a visit x

  18. Emma Chanagasubbay
    September 30, 2015 / 4:00 pm

    What a stunning place to be able to visit. I really want a trip to Cornwall with all of my brood bit I’m put off by the long drive. Seeing this has changed my mind as it would be so worth a trip #whatevertheweather

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:26 pm

      It really is a long drive. You’d have to book at least a week to make it worth it. This is near the bottom of Cornwall so it takes about an hour and a half in the car from the devon border!! Which is crazy in itself, people don’t realise how big Cornwall is. It really is worth a visit though xx

  19. September 30, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Wow, being American I’ve never heard of this place but it’s now on my “to visit” for my British Isles tour I have planned in my head for some unspecified time in the future. Those gardens and the views are stunning! It’s also amazing to me how old everything is in your part of the world. “Oh yes, today we went to a 12th century castle.” Even where I am in Brazil, the oldest building is 16th century. Beautiful post and pictures!

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:32 pm

      It should definitely be on your list. I hope you manage to visit soon. You also need to add ‘The Minack Theatre’, ‘Eden Project’ and ‘St. Ives’ to your list if you’re ever going to visit Cornwall. They are must see’s! Haha you’re so right, everything is so old!!! There are lots of ruins around Cornwall that date back to medieval times too. You’ll just be driving past a field and you’ll see some crumbling huts from 1000’s of years ago. It definitely is a country enriched in history. I bet Brazil is stunning though. x

  20. September 30, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    Oh how I love Cornwall! Shame it’s an 8 hour drive away and not doable with a car sick toddler. My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous holiday there before our boys came along and the Mount was one of the only places we didn’t manage to get to. I will have to look at flights (or watch more Doc Martin!)

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Oh no you must try and get down here one day. Haha oh Doc Martin, I love that programme. I love their bad attempts at our accent too. 😀 It’s such a good show. The flights are actually so much cheaper than the train which is crazy and it’s so much quicker than driving or the train! I hope you get to come back soon. x

  21. September 30, 2015 / 7:34 pm

    I went to St Michael’s Mount with my parent when I was a kid. I remember being fascinated by the heart shaped stone – it’s funny what you remember! That view of the gardens is amazing. When I first saw it I though it must have been taken from a helicopter! I’d love to visit again some day #whatevertheweather

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      I actually had to lean my camera over and shut my eyes while I took it haha. I’m not normally bad with heights normally but when you do lean over and look down, oh my it’s a long way. Aww it is so funny what you remember! It’s funny because it’s the thing that sticks in my head the most too! Oddly the stone looks a lot smaller than I remember too haha. I hope you do get to visit again one day. It really is beautiful x

  22. September 30, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    I had seen a picture before but we have never visited, I would love to go the photos and scenery looks amazing, and I love the idea of the Giant’s heart. Monkey has a thing about ‘hearts’. I doubt we will go abroad next year for a family holiday, so maybe its time we spent some more time in Cornwall :). I hope Evie feels better soon and is up to her old tricks. Thank you for hosting xx #whatevertheweather

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment. Evie’s on the mend now thankfully. You really must visit. Cornwall is so family friendly too and there is lots to see in this area. St. Michaels Mount is 20 minutes from St. Ives (which is stunning), 25 minutes from Lands End (the end of the UK!) and 25 minutes from The Minack Theatre which is the most stunning outdoors theatre that’s etched into the clifftops overlooking the sea. A great excuse to visit! I should be a holiday sales person haha x

  23. October 1, 2015 / 3:06 am

    What a beautiful, beautiful place! I have to confess, I had never heard of St Michaels Mount before but now I really want to go. What time of year are the gardens open? They look spectacular! Well done for getting a picture, I’m not sure I would have been so brave!

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment. It really is beautiful. I did shut my eyes and lean my camera over haha. The gardens are open from about March/April till the end of September. They literally closed last weekend so we just missed out. I hope you get to visit one day x

  24. October 1, 2015 / 7:52 am

    How delightful! All my years living in the UK and visiting Cornwall I had never heard of this place, though probably not looking out with a child’s eye! This looks truly magical, I’d love to take my little ones here when we get around to our grand tour of the UK #whatevertheweather

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:48 pm

      I hope you manage to visit again one day. It’s definitely worth seeing and really is magical. Your little ones would love it. x

  25. Zoe
    October 1, 2015 / 10:06 am

    Looks amazing and such great photos. I’ve never heard of this place so will be looking it up if I’m ever in the area.

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment. It’s definitely worth a visit. x

  26. October 1, 2015 / 11:32 am

    I’ve been to the French version, Mont St Michel off the coast of Normandy which is stunning. Guess I really should visit the cornish version too! It looks gorgeous in your post. Hope Evie feels better soon 🙂 #whatevertheweather

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Someone else just said there was a french version. I have no idea!!! I’m definitely going to look that up. That’s so cool that there are two. Thank you so much, Evie is on the mend now. xx

  27. October 1, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Oh wow! What beautiful photos! Looks like a beautiful day for you all x

  28. Emma Farley
    October 1, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    i love walking over to St Michael’s Mount. It took me until last summer to actually get up to the castle. I won’t be doing it again – I have issues with heights and freaked out a bit. It’s gorgeous though. Next summer I’ll stick to the gardens

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:55 pm

      Oh no it is very, very high! Definitely stick to the gardens next time. I don’t get jittery of heights, but this definitely churned my tummy. x

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:58 pm

      I bet you really enjoyed it though! It hasn’t changed much! 😀 x

  29. teacuptoria
    October 5, 2015 / 5:21 am

    Looks like a gorgeous place to visit. I can’t imagine what it’s like to actually live there, amazing! I hope Evie is all better now. xx

    • October 7, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Thank you. It must be so magical to live in the castle. She’s finally back to her energetic self which is so good. x

  30. October 5, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Amazing view! Loving Lord and Lady St. Levan’s private island. Magnificent! Sorry to hear that Evie is so poorly. Poor baby, hope she is better soon. xx #Whatevertheweather

    • October 7, 2015 / 7:29 pm

      It’s so beautiful isn’t it. I can’t imagine how wonderful it must be to live on it. x

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