New access initiatives
At St Michael’s Mount we have introduced three new measures to ensure our local west Cornwall community and people with special ties to the Mount have their own access arrangements.
- Our new Free Access Period opens the village and harbour to all from October to March.
- Our Marazion Pass gives Marazion residents free access to village and harbour April to September as well.
- And the new Mount Memories Pass provides visitors with an emotional tie to island a free visit to garden and castle to celebrate a special occasion.
These initiatives will be in place from the start of our new season at February half term and complement our pre-booked ticketing system for visitors and National Trust members introduced in 2020.
Because of Covid-19, access to the Mount via pre-booked, timed tickets was crucial during 2020 and 2021 to manage visitor numbers safely.
What we found was that timed entry significantly relieved pressures on the island’s staff and infrastructure, its boating services, catering facilities, toilets, paths and lawns as well as reducing the pressures on Marazion and its community from the ever increasing number of people wanting to visit the Mount.
The National Trust and the Estate are aware that those changes impacted the community around the Mount, and these new access initiatives for local communities are specifically designed to address that:
Free Access Period for all
The village and harbour will be free to visit for everyone between 1st October and 31st March during opening hours. For more information please click here.
The Marazion Pass
The Marazion Pass will provide Marazion residents with free access to the village and harbour between 1st April and 30th September during opening hours. Alongside the Free Access Period, this will give Marazion residents year-round access. Passes can be applied for by a Marazion resident on their first visit on or after 1st April. For more information please click here.
The Mount Memories Pass
Because the Mount is important to people not just in Marazion but across west Cornwall, every year 1,000 single use passes will be available to people who have a special emotional tie to the island or to mark a special occasion. Each pass will give a group of up to four people access to the castle and gardens for a one-off visit during opening hours. Applications for a Memories Pass will need to be made at least two weeks in advance explaining the special link or occasion, e.g. having a relative who lived or worked on the Mount, or to celebrate a significant birthday or anniversary. For more information please click here.
These new initiatives will be reviewed again at the end of the 2022/23 season and further information on each initiative will be released in the coming weeks.
Our CEO, Harvey Thomas, said: “As the country opened up and visitors chose to come to Cornwall it was crucial to ensure a safe level of people on the island at any one time, and a timed ticketing system was introduced, which has worked very well.”
“We still face a complex situation. We know that the number of people wanting to visit west Cornwall and St Michael’s Mount has risen and will continue to rise, especially with uncertainty around overseas travel. That increases pressure on facilities on the Mount, the town and our wider local community. Continuing to manage numbers and control access to the Mount is key to balancing the needs of local residents and visitors.
“At the same time, these new arrangements reflect how important our local community is to us and that we appreciate how special the Mount is to so many people in Cornwall.
“We also hope that the introduction of the Mount Memories Pass will create amazing new memories as well as reviving happy old ones.”