Making the most of every Mount experience…
Ancient and rugged, some parts of the island and castle can be very tricky to navigate, especially if you have limited mobility. Paths around the island are steep, cobbled and uneven with no handrails in some places. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to take a wheelchair or pushchair up to the Mount summit and if you are walking, sensible footwear is highly recommended.
Our boats can carry folded wheelchairs/pushchairs, but they're not made to accomodate mobility vehicles. Wheelchair/pushchair users would have to be carried by friends/relatives down steep harbour steps to access a boat. Our mainland boat landings are also accessed via steep steps. Unfortunately our staff cannot help carry people or vehicles onto boats.
Our Wheelchair Access Vehicle is available for use to provide assisted access to the harbour, village and lawn, but this needs to be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Wheelchair users are admitted free of charge, but must let us know in advance so that we can monitor numbers of people on the island. All carers are admitted free of charge with registered disabled visitors. Please email: email@example.com to organise your requirements for the day.
Assistance dogs only.
There are 20 clearly marked disabled parking bays in the St Michael’s Mount Visitor and Long Stay Marazion carpark. Blue Badge holders and National Trust Members must pay to park in all car parks.
There is a public footpath from this car park along the seafront to the boat landings and to Marazion beach and the start of the causeway (approx 10 minute walk)
Causeway and boat landings
It’s possible to bring all terrain wheelchairs and pushchairs over the causeway, although it is wet and cobbled, so it can be very difficult and uncomfortable to navigate. The causeway entrance is the only entrance to the island if you are travelling by foot. Please do not walk through the harbour mouth. When the tide is coming in/going out, the depth of water on the causeway can be deceptive. Ankle-deep paddling quickly becomes knee-deep wading!
- Chapel Rock is a boat landing on the beach and you will walk across sand and a cobbled path to access it. There are steps up and down and it is not suitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs unless they can be folded and carried.
- Gwelva is the boat landing opposite the Mount. It takes 15 minutes to walk to this landing from the car park. There are steps down to this narrow landing point making it unsuitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs unless they can be folded and carried.
- Top Tieb is the furthest landing from the car park. Allow at least 20 minutes to walk there. There are steep narrow steps to this landing making it unsuitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs unless they can be folded and carried.
Feeling a bit lost? Don't worry, our mainland guides will be very happy to direct you on the day!
Facilities on St Michael’s Mount
Ramps are available on request at the entrances to the shops, Island Café and Sail Loft.
We have an access toilet situated on the east side of the island, next to the Island Café.
The harbour village and steep castle path are cobbled and uneven and unsuitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs. There is a pushchair park in the Courtyard.
The island lawn is accessible (during spring/summer) if you’re in a wheelchair. From here you can see the sea, the east wing of the castle and up the cobbled path between the palms, towards the gardens. However, further exploration is very limited because of the steep slopes and steps up to the summit.
St Michael’s Mount is a rugged, island with rocky outcrops and steep precipices in parts. The harbour has high walls, working boats and steep ladders which must not be climbed. Parents must be responsible for the safety of young children at all times.
Assistance dogs are welcome on all parts of the island, including inside the castle. Read more about dogs.
At St Michael's Mount, we’re continually working to ensure that all visitors, no matter what their ability, can gain the most from their visit and have the best possible access to our facilities and services.
Our full access statement is available on request.