Cottages Cornwall St Michaels Mount
St Michaels Mount is a tidal island located about 400 yards off Mount's Bay coast of Cornwall. It is joined to Marazion by a man-made causeway, which is passable only on foot at low tide. On top of the Mount is a medieval castle and church which are surrounded by lovely subtropical hanging gardens. The Castle itself is the official residence of the St. Levan family and is open to the public. Many relics, chiefly armour and antique furniture, are preserved in the Castle and the Chapel of St. Michael.
Marazion is about 2 miles from Penzance and is another "must" to visit when you are in Cornwall. The many exposed rocks around St Michaels Mount provide an opportunity to see many features of the geology of Cornwall in one single location - the mount itself is formed of two types of muscovite granite. Chapel Rock, on the beach, marks the site of a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary, where pilgrims paused to worship before their ascent of St Michaels Mount.
Sensible shoes are advisable as both the causeway and paths are cobbled and uneven. The climb to castle is steep and is unsuitable for prams and pushchairs. Passages in the castle are narrow, so some delays may occur in the height of the season. Dogs are not allowed in the castle or rounds and there are no facilities or grassed areas for dogs on the island. Access by boat or causeway and visits to St Michaels Mount are subject to favourable weather conditions.