St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount information
Looming from the waters of Mount's Bay and connected to the mainland via a cobbled causeway, this abbey-crowned island is an unforgettable sight. There's been a monastery here since at least the 5th century, but the present abbey was mostly built by Benedictine monks during the 12th century. Highlights include the rococo drawing room , the armoury , the 14th-century churc h and the amazing clifftop gardens . Though owned by the St Aubyn family, the abbey is run by the National Trust.
Recent excavations including a Bronze Age axe head, dagger and metal clasp have proved the island has been inhabited since ancient times.
You can catch the ferry (adult/child £2/1) from nearby Marazion at high tide, but it's worth timing your arrival for low tide so you can walk across the causeway, just as the monks and pilgrims did centuries ago.
The 13/13A bus shuttles between Marazion and Penzance (£2) three times a day.