By Boat

Public Notice

Please note that St Michael’s Mount is CLOSED from Sunday 29 October 2017 to Friday 16 March 2018.

St Michael’s Mount will be OPEN to visitors for the 2018 season from Sunday 18 March 2018.

Why is St Michael’s Mount closed?

This winter we are completing our services project to bring the island up to date with 21st century services and technology that will benefit our visitors and the island community. This includes upgrading the castle pipes and drains for mains water, grey water and sewerage.

We are extending the Island Shop to create a larger retail space with improved customer flow.

Work on the castle terraces continues, to try and resolve the damp issues in the rooms below.

The castle walls are undergoing some essential repointing work.

A major tree management programme is being undertaken by our garden team.

Can I walk over to the island when the causeway is open?

We will not stop people crossing to the island when the causeway is open. However, please note that there are NO FACILITIES OPEN, and due to extensive building work being undertaken on the island, there may be heavy plant equipment crossing on the causeway and in the village areas.

Please take care and note the causeway closing times as there are no public boats to or from the island during this period of closure.

When the tide floods in, our boatmen will ferry you to and fro across the water to the island and back to the mainland. 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. Please see the map below that clearly marks out the three landing points.

One way fares are £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for children. Our island guides will let you know which landing point to use according to the tide.

The ferry boats can take 12 passengers at a time.

Boat from the island to Marazion

By amphicraft

During the winter months, the St Michael amphicraft is the mode of transport at high tide.

The amphicraft departs from the slipway in Marazion Car Park. One way fares are £3.00 for adults and £1.50 for children.

The St Michael's Mount amphibious vehicle crossing from Marazion to the Mount in Cornwall
The St Michael's Mount amphicraft – an amphibious vehicle – making the crossing to Marazion in Cornwall

The Mount’s amphibious vehicle was built 12 years ago by Sivad Maritime in Falmouth and was specifically commissioned by Lord St Levan to transport his family and the islanders to and from the island. It is a vital link during winter as the transport lifeline to ferry the island children to school, bring over provisions and indeed service the visitor business out of season. It was built to replace the old WWII DUKW’s that used to service the Mount for similar purposes.

Appropriately named ‘St Michael’ the vehicle is capable of carrying 46 visitors in anyone trip. The vessel has been a regular sight toing and froing between Marazion and the island. The ‘St Michael’ is maintained by our own boating team. Anything from changing a bulb to changing an engine. 

In 2006, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex visited the Mount and Prince Edward tried his hand at driving it and in 2013 the vehicle carried two more special visitors when Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed a trip to The Mount.