Please read our FAQ to get the answers you need to start planning your St Michael's Mount visit. If you can't find what you're looking for here, just give us a call or fill in our enquiry form here.
Q:When is the island open?
Q:When is the garden open?
The garden is open 17 April – 30 June, Monday - Friday (10:30-17:00), 6 July – 1 September, Thursday & Friday (10:30-17:30) & 7 - 29 September, Thursday and Friday (10:30-17:00).
Q:Is there parking in Marazion?
There is a large car park within easy reach of the causeway and beach where you can make your way to the Mount. Charges are payable, including NT members.
Q:How do I get to you from Penzance by public transport?
There’s a regular train service running to Penzance station. From there you can get connecting buses or a taxi to Marazion, which is about 10 minutes away. Find out more about rail and bus services to the Mount before your trip.
Q:How do I get over to St Michael’s Mount?
You can cross to St Michael's Mount by foot or by boat, depending on whether the tide is high or low. Check the tide times before you set off.
Q:How long does it take to cross the causeway?
Crossing the causeway takes approximately 5/10 minutes.
Q:Can I walk the causeway one way and get the boat another?
Yes you can. At low tide, the causeway appears from the sea and you can reach St Michael's Mount by foot or when the tide floods in, our boating team will ferry you across the water to the island. If you want to plan to walk one way and boat the other, do check out our handy causeway checker.
Q:Where do I catch the boat from?
At high tide during spring, summer and autumn, frequent motorboats leave from landing points along the shore at Marazion for the Mount’s ancient harbour. Our island guides will let you know which landing point to use according to the tide.
Q:How accessible is the Mount?
With cobbled pathways, the Mount can be a little difficult to navigate. If you’re planning on bringing a wheelchair over to St Michael's Mount call 01736 710507 in advance to discuss your journey. Find out more about the Mount’s accessibility.
Q:Is it steep?
Paths around the island are steep, cobbled and uneven with no handrails. It’s not possible to take a wheelchair up to the castle and if you have limited mobility, you may find the steepness and rugged terrain difficult to navigate. Please wear sensible footwear.
Q:Can I bring my dog over to the island?
Dogs are welcome onto the island around the harbour and village areas, as long as they are kept on a lead and not left alone. However, they are not allowed into the castle, garden or grounds (including the castle paths). Guide dogs are an exception to this rule. If you are looking for somewhere for your dog to go whilst you explore our castle and gardens, Penzance Pet Care is located in Marazion – Just a short distance from the Island. Please follow this link for more information.
Q:How long does a visit take?
Half a day should give you enough time to see most areas of the island. Join us in the morning and enjoy a spot of lunch before heading home, or you can wander across the causeway to visit our shops or cafes regardless of whether you pay for castle or garden admission.
Q:Do you offer guided tours?
We offer guided tours for groups of 15 plus, see our groups page for further information. We have knowledgeable and friendly guides in every room, so when wandering around the castle rooms feel free to quiz them and ask questions.
Q:Why do the Gardens have restricted opening hours?
The gardens were designed in the 1870s for domestic use, but now welcome over 65,000 visitors a year. Opening days and times are limited to conserve and protect the dry stone terraces and narrow grass paths from too much wear and tear and erosion. The gardens are planted to be enjoyed from the castle battlements as well as from within.
Q:Are there any events going on this year?
There’s all sorts happening on the Mount, all year round. For upcoming events, check out What’s On.
Q:Can I bring a picnic?
Of course. There’s nothing better than laying out a blanket and tucking into a picnic with a view of Mounts Bay in front of you.
Q:Can I leave my pushchair somewhere?
The causeway to St Michael’s Mount is cobbled which can make it tricky to navigate pushchairs. If you do decide to bring pushchairs across the causeway, we have a secure area to park them.
Q:Is there a baby change?
Q:Why aren’t you open on a Saturday?
The whole island benefits from one day in seven to breathe and re-balance as well as undertake essential maintenance. Saturday is also when the 35 strong community can re-charge and live the island life which contributes to so much to the Mount's unique atmosphere. Weddings, christenings, lobster pot outings, tending allotments, harbour barbecues, plus normal daily tasks all help bind our community together.