The National Trust
Preserving St Michael’s Mount for future generations.
The National Trust is an independent charity that raises revenue to safeguard the future of its properties and landmarks. Relying on membership fees, donations and entry fees, the Trust protects around 350 historic sites across the country, which it opens to the public.
With more than 3.5 million members now onboard, the National Trust also cares for forests, woods, beaches, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves and villages.
History safeguarded in the hands of the National Trust.
In 1954, Francis St Aubyn – the third Lord St Levan – gave most of St Michael’s Mount to the National Trust, along with a large endowment fund for its upkeep. He retained a 999-year lease for the family to live in the castle and a licence to show the historical rooms to the visiting public.
While the National Trust now ensures the preservation and conservation of the Mount, the St Aubyn family continue to live on and manage the island, as they have done since the middle of the 17th century.
Access to the castle and gardens is free to National Trust members.