With shades of the past in each room and new discoveries waiting around every corner, dig deep into the Mount’s history.
Stoop through ancient doorways and glimpse the building’s changing faces – from priory to fortified castle and, since the mid-1600s, home to the St Aubyn family, who still live here today. As you wander centuries-old corridors and unpeel layers of history, these are some of the things you will find...
What will you discover inside?
- A crossbow for hunting hares or rabbits.
- A clock that tells you the time of the tide as well as the hour of the day.
- A frieze with hunting scenes, including an ostrich munching on a horseshoe.
- A piece of Napoleon’s coat worn at the Battle of Waterloo.
- A statue of St Michael offering mercy to the Devil at his feet.
- The sofa where Queen Victoria sat as the housekeeper entertained her to a cup of tea.
- An unusual souvenir from a trip to Egypt: a mummified cat.
- A magnificent Samurai Warrior, a gift from the Emperor of Japan.
- An etched windowpane, where a doubtful St Aubyn daughter checked the authenticity of her diamond engagement ring before she accepted a proposal.
To visit the castle, you’ll need to book a castle ticket online. This ticket will give you access to the island itself, the castle and gun batteries, the shops, cafes, and lawns. If you’d also like to visit the garden, you’ll need to book a combi ticket, which provides access to both the castle and our beautiful terraced garden.