has it that the Mount was built by a giant called Cormoran who would
wade ashore to snatch up livestock from local farms and take them
back with him.
A reward was offered in return for killing the giant and a young
boy called Jack came forward. One night, when Cormoran was sleeping,
Jack crept over to the Mount and dug a deep pit halfway up one side.
In the morning, Jack blew on his horn to wake the giant from his
The giant came running down the side of the Mount but could not
see Jack as the sun was in his eyes and, not noticing the hole,
fell into it. Jack then filled the hole in. Jack became a local
hero, and from then on was known as Jack the Giant Killer.
enjoy a gallery of photographs from St Michael's Mount.
you walk up to the castle you come across a heart-shaped stone on
the pathway which is the Giant's heart. Rumour has it that if you
stand on the heart shaped stone you can still hear the Giant's heart
Mount is the jewel in Cornwall's crown and each year thousands of
visitors flock to this ancient landmark to marvel at its beauty.
Blue Drawing Room at St Michael's Mount .
Credit NTPL/John Bethell
its long history - the buildings date back to the 12th century -
the Mount has been a priory, fortress, a place of pilgrimage and
finally became a private home coming into the ownership of the St
Aubyn family in 1659.
1954 the St Aubyn family went into partnership with the National
Trust and and the castle and its grounds were opened to the public.
It is possible to take a tour through the fascinating early rooms,
an armoury, a rococo Gothick drawing room and, at the highest point,
a 14th-century church.
The beautiful walk up to the castle also gives you the chance to
absorb the breathtaking views surrounding this island. On particular
days you can even see dolphins and seals in the waters below.
beautiful gardens surrounding the castle
with the castle where the St Aubyns still live, the Mount is home
to 25 residents in its village , has its own church, ancient harbour
and beautiful gardens that are full of exotic flora.
There are also a couple of gift shops, restaurants and an audio-visual
presentation on the history of the Mount.
The causeway is exposed at low tide allowing you to wander over
by foot, otherwise there are small boats that run to and from the
mainland. With this and the steep climb it is advisable to wear
Michael's Mount Essential Information
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Adult £5.20, child £2.60, family £13. Groups
(20 or more) £4.70. Garden (not NT) open , April-May
: Mon-Fri & June-Oct : Thurs-Fri : £2.50.
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