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Frequently Asked Questions

LOCATION

where is St Michael’s Mount?
In Mount’s Bay on the south coast of Cornwall.
what’s the nearest town to St Michael’s Mount?
Penzance
is St Michael’s Mount on the north or south coast of Cornwall?
The south coast.
what’s the nearest visitor attraction to St Michael’s Mount?
The mount is a visitor attraction, the second most visited in Cornwall.
what’s the nearest beach?
Marazion beach is at the end of the causeway!

DESCRIPTION

what’s at St Michael’s Mount?
Described by Caroline Quentin as “one of the counties most iconic sights” on the TV series “Cornwall with Caroline Quentin“, St Michael’s Mount is an island just a short distance off the mainland at the ancient town of Marazion. It is linked by a causeway, at low water, and incorporates a medieval castle and a sub-tropical garden.
is there a clean beach?
what awards has St Michael’s Mount received?
is St Michael’s Mount family-friendly?
are dogs allowed at St Michael’s Mount?
Other than guide dogs, dogs are not allowed in the castle or gardens.
is St Michael’s Mount sheltered?
No, it’s open to the elements and if the forecast is bad and winds are strong, then a black flag is raised on the quay signalling the sea is too rough for boats to cross safely.
who owns St Michael’s Mount?
Most of St Michael’s Mount was given to the National Trust in 1954 although the St Aubyn family continue to live in the castle.

FACILITIES

is there a cafe at St Michael’s Mount?
Yes and the NT Sail Loft Restaurant.
are there toilets near St Michael’s Mount?
Yes.
are there lifeguards at St Michael’s Mount?
is there wheelchair access to St Michael’s Mount?
Yes but the causeway and sand make a standard wheelchair hard work so a sand wheelchair is available for hire for free.
what disabled facilities are there at St Michael’s Mount?
what’s the nearest pub to St Michael’s Mount?
where are the nearest gardens to St Michael’s Mount?
The sub-tropical gardens on St Michael’s Mount are open to the public, free to National Trust members. Off the mount, the nearest gardens are Trewidden Garden near Penzance and Trengwainton Garden, another National Trust garden, also near Penzance.

ACTIVITIES

can you swim off St Michael’s Mount?
what can you do at St Michael’s Mount?
who goes to St Michael’s Mount?
is St Michael’s Mount a popular place to go?
Definitely. It’s the second most visited attraction in Cornwall apparently.
what activities are popular at St Michael’s Mount?
can you spend all day at St Michael’s Mount?
Yes, it is recommended you give yourselves 3 to 4 hours to enjoy everything.

WALKING

what walks are there from St Michael’s Mount?
is St Michael’s Mount on the South West Coast Path?
how far is it to Sennen on the South West Coast Path from St Michael’s Mount?
how far is it to Porthgwarra on the South West Coast Path from St Michael’s Mount?

FISHING

what’s the fishing like at St Michael’s Mount?
what species of fish can be caught at St Michael’s Mount?
what’s the bass fishing like at St Michael’s Mount?
what’s the mackerel fishing like at St Michael’s Mount?
where’s the nearest bait shop to St Michael’s Mount?

WILDLIFE

what’s the wildlife like at St Michael’s Mount?
are there any dolphins at St Michael’s Mount?
where’s the best place to see seals near St Michael’s Mount?
are there basking sharks at St Michael’s Mount?
what’s the bird-watching like at St Michael’s Mount?
is St Michael’s Mount a SSSI?
Yes.
is St Michael’s Mount part of a marine conservation area?
are there wildflowers at St Michael’s Mount?

TRANSPORT

where can you park at St Michael’s Mount?
There are two public car parks on the seafront in Marazion.
what’s the grid reference for St Michael’s Mount?
LR SW514299
what are the sat nav co-ordinates for St Michael’s Mount?
Latitude/longitude: 50.117685N, 5.477845W
what’s the post code for St Michael’s Mount?
TR17 0HT (for sat nav purposes)
how far is it to Penzance?
Four miles.
are there buses to St Michael’s Mount?
There are buses from Penzance, Helston and Praa Sands to Marazion on the mainland.
is there a railway station near St Michael’s Mount?
The nearest train station is Penzance.

WHERE TO STAY – ACCOMMODATION

what holiday accommodation is near St Michael’s Mount?
are there self-catering cottages near St Michael’s Mount?
what hotels are near St Michael’s Mount?
is there farm accommodation near St Michael’s Mount?
what guesthouses are near St Michael’s Mount?
what bed and breakfast accommodation is near St Michael’s Mount?
what hostels are near St Michael’s Mount?

WHERE TO STAY – CARAVANS AND CAMPING

where are the nearest caravan and camping sites to St Michael’s Mount?
what’s the nearest touring caravan site to St Michael’s Mount?
where’s the nearest Caravan Club site to St Michael’s Mount?