While we were visiting Penzance in Cornwall, we discovered there was this unusual castle on a hill in the middle of the sea. If you know me at all, you know that I was going to make sure we went, and luckily for me, the boys were on board. This unusual island is called St. Michael’s Mount, and depending on what time of day you visit, depends on how you can get there.
If you get up early enough while the tide is low, you can walk out to it, which I recommend, it’s pretty cool. Not only that, you will be one of the first to gain access to the property as well. There’s a cute gift shop type store, and a restaurant where you can grab some breakfast (we did) or a small cafe if you just want something quick to go. To get to the castle it’s a bit of a walk up the hill, and then you are rewarded with pretty views of the town below, and more than likely the path will already have been swallowed up by the sea. You can still make out the outline though. The castle itself is quite small, but how big could it be when building it on the top of a hill? It is also worth noting that there is a functioning church within the castle that you can attend if you wish, but they ask that you don’t peek in while services are going on.Once the path disappears, you get to take a boat back to the mainland for a couple pounds. when you look back on the village and castle from the boat, it seems surreal that just a few hours before you were walking across to it. If you’d like to visit St. Michaels Mount, check opening times on their website here so as not to be disappointed. They also have tide times in case you are wanting to make the trek across on foot, at least one way. It’s best to allow at least three hours to take in all the island has to offer from the shops, cafes, gardens to the castle itself and it’s rich history.
Have you been to the mount?