Marazion, Cornwall, TR17 0EF 01736 710 507
Step foot on a fairytale island, linked to Cornwall’s mainland by a tidal causeway. A place entrenched in history and legend, St Michael’s Mount is open for castle tours, garden visits and music events. Once on the route of pilgrims and at the forefront of bloody battles, today the sea-wrapped fortress is home to the St Aubyn family and a close-knit island community. It’s believed the island was home to a legendary giant who was slayed by a brave local boy, and visitors can hunt for the giant’s heart etched into the steep, cobbled pathways. At low tide it’s possible to reach the island on foot, but as the sea flows over the causeway passenger ferries make the short trip between the mount and Marazion beach. Whether you travel on foot or by sea, it’s worth the trip simply to take in the views of the south coast from the castle turrets or to enjoy a platter of local fare in the island café or restaurant.
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