Take a trip to Marazion in Cornwall and discover the magic of St Michael’s Mount! One of the country’s most iconic locations; the legends and myths that surround the island have tourists flocking from all corners of the globe.
The Mount started as a port for the trading of tin to the rest of Europe until around 495AD when a vision of the Archangel of St Michael appeared above the island. From then on the Mount has lived a dramatic life that has seen it take on the roles of a monastery, a fortress and a family home. If you time your visit right you can enjoy the unique walk across the causeway which in high tide becomes a part of the sea bed, completely cutting off the island from the mainland. Fear not, for should you get stranded on the Mount during your stay there is a regular ferry service available! Keep an eye out for waders and be sure that you aren’t one of them as the water is a lot deeper than it appears.
The island has had a National Trust presence since 1954 and visitors will require a ticket or membership to access the castle grounds and sub-tropical gardens. It should also be noted that dogs are not allowed up to the castle but can roam around the base of the island including the 18th century village, shops and cafes. The castle itself offers stunning views of Mounts Bay stretching from toward the Lizard Peninsular through Penzance and off towards Land’s End. Restored rooms offer plenty of historical stories and artefacts from around the world, including a collection of weaponry through the ages and a full Samurai suit of armour located in The Garrison Room.
The visitors’ route also runs through the beautiful church which is still very much in use with services held every Sunday. Marazion itself has plenty to offer with a host of cafes, pubs and restaurants offering great food and a warm welcome to adventurers returning from their conquest of the Mount. The busy market town is a hotspot for shoppers with a wealth of art galleries and craft shops, whilst those looking to soak up the sun can enjoy its large golden sands and discover just why it’s regarded as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.