St Michael’s Mount is one of the most iconic landmarks in the UK. Shrouded in History, the 12th century medieval castle surrounded by subtropical gardens provides a breathtaking view for the locals off Penzance and surrounding villages. Situated in Mounts Bay the landmark attracts thousands of tourists every year.
The Mount is home to the St Aubyn family and when it was used as a busy port it boasted a population of over 300 people. However, these days this has decreased to around 30 islanders.
Access to St Michael’s Mount can be made by foot or by boat. At low tide visitors can walk the cobbled path to the island or enjoy the boat trip at high tide. A visit to the castle is like taking a trip back in time. The suits of armour and gun batteries that were used in the Wars of the Roses and the Civil War adds that authenticity to this historic castle.
The myths and legends surrounding St Michael’s Mount are memorable and intriguing. The giant’s heart is said to be found in the pathway leading up to the castle and the famous well is where the giant allegedly fell to his death.These and other historical facts can be discovered in an entertaining quiz complete with clues for the children to solve.
These fantastic views of St Michael’s Mount can be enjoyed from the luxurious surroundings of the Hotel Penzance. This intimate and comfortable 4* townhouse is an elegant, Edwardian building with views across the harbour and Mount’s Bay. Set back from the town but only five minutes from the centre, Hotel Penzance is the ideal place to stay for leisure or business.