St Michael's Mount Garden
For many visitors it is astonishing that a garden exists here, but despite the gales and salty winds, the Gulf Stream tempers the climate so that frosts are a rarity and the rock acts as a gigantic radiator - absorbing heat by day and releasing it at night, creating a micro climate in which all sorts of unlikely plants flourish. Puya, agave and aloe rear out of the bedrock, agapanthus wave their heavy heads, and binding threads of rosemary, lavender and coronilla tumble down the terraces.
Make your own journey of discovery through the winding pathways and steep stone terraces and unearth some of the Mount's surprises along the way. Whether you're finding your own way through flower-lined pathways, clambering up steep, Victorian steps or simply taking it all in from up high on the battlements - lose yourself in an island garden sure to surprise …
Opening times: Monday 13 April - Friday 26 June 10:30 - 17:00 (Monday - Friday only); Thursday 2 July - Friday 28 August 10:00 - 17:30 (Thursday and Friday only); Thursday 3 September - Friday 25 September 10:30 - 17:00 (Thursday and Friday only)
Admission Rates: Adults £8.50, Children £4.00, Family (2 adults and 3 children) £21.00, Family (1 adult and 3 children) £12.50. Free entry for National Trust members.
Garden Tours: Enjoy a specialised private garden tour with one of the Mount gardening team. These are available from 10am and must be booked in advance. Minimum party size 15 visitors, maximum 20 visitors. Cost: £75, plus £8.50 per adult, £4.00 per child.
Facilities: Two shops on the island: Courtyard Shop and Island Shop. Delicious food available at the Island Café and Sail Loft restaurant. Plant Sales at garden entrance. St Michael's Mount castle - separate entrance fees apply - free to National Trust members. Combined castle and garden tickets are available.
Access: Access to the island is via a cobbled causeway at low tide, or by boat at high tide. Paths around the island are steep, cobbled and uneven with no handrails, so sensible footwear is recommended. Unfortunately it is not possible to take wheelchairs and pushchairs up to the castle, or in the garden.Car / Coach parking: Yes (on the mainland - no parking available on the island)
Length of visit: including travel to the island allow 2-3 hours.
Telephone: 01736 710265
Location: St Michael's Mount sits in Mount's Bay, separated by the sea from the town of Marazion. A short bus ride from Penzance and easily accessible from Cornwall's main roads.
Updated: December 2019