Access statement from our CEO
Below is a statement from our Chief Executive Officer in relation to local's access to St Michael's Mount.
"In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, St Michael’s Mount operated on a pre-booked ticket only basis during 2020 and 2021 in order to manage visitor numbers safely. It was important to restrict the number of visitors on the island at any one time to well below the peaks of previous years.
Timed entry for visitors had already been under consideration out of concern with the growth in visitor numbers over recent years and the associated pressures on Marazion and its community. The greater number of visitors also placed increasing pressure on the island’s staff and infrastructure such as its boating services, catering facilities and toilets, as well as wear and tear on the paths and lawns.
We expect Cornwall to continue to see a significant increase in visitor numbers in the coming years and as a popular visitor destination we will need to have measures in place to manage those numbers. Pre-booked ticket only access to the castle and garden with restricted visitor numbers is the only way forward.
The National Trust and the Estate are very aware that the changes that we have had to make have already impacted our local communities. We know how important the Mount is to you.
In September we announced that access via the causeway to the harbour and village would be free to all during opening hours in November and December, and we began working on plans to create a specific level of access for local communities, which we will put in place in time for the castle’s 2022 reopening at February half term.
Further detail will follow in the coming weeks and we thank you for your patience."
Chief Executive Officer