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I suppose more people have heard of Mont St-Michel on the French coast, than have perhaps heard of St Michael's Mount, but as you'll guess by the name, they are remarkably similar. After the invasion (the Norman Conquest), St Michael's Mount was gifted to the Benedictine Abbey in France.
Let's start with a photo of Mont St-Michel, Normandy (left) and then one of St Michael's Mount, Cornwall (right)
Can you see the similarities!!
St Michael's Mount is a National Trust property, but is managed and still lived on by the St Aubyn family. It's reached by a causeway. At low tide you walk out across the causeway to the island but at other times you can only gain access by boat. There is a very plentiful supply of these small boats bobbing backwards and forwards. The charge for the lift is £2 per person.
At the top of the island is a medieval church and a castle. For centuries pilgrims visited the site, but it was also a fortress, port, and still is a family home.
Although out of sequence, I'm going to start with a view from the top to the tropical gardens below.
We weren't able to get access to the gardens as they were shut when we went (March) I think they open in April/May (check before going if they're a "must see" for you)
As you can see, we had the most remarkably sunny weather for our visit, and the sea was calm and the skies clear.
Scenes on arrival
When you arrive you're confronted with a stone walkway in front of the harbour, and a row of delightful stone cottages. (below) They are regularly battered by the sea during abnormally high tides and rough weather.
Entrance to Mount is £7.50, and the garden is extra.
At the top is a castle and a church which are well worth looking at. There are toilets too, but no form of refreshment is available so either take your own or go to the excellent cafe at the base before you climb. I'd allow at least 1 hour for the climb and visit. (We tend to rush around places - you could easily spent the morning climbing and watching the sea).
Photos of the outside of the castle and church.
We followed a large school party of French teenagers.
Inside the castle and church
Seen tucked into a blotter on a desk.
An enjoyable place to visit if you're in Cornwall.