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St. Michael's Mount Town Information




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Gaunt and menacing, this is a small island on the south coast comes complete with its own castle. It was a tin mining port even in prehistory.


A priory was built here in the 12th century by the Norman abbot of Mont St. Michel.


It became a battlemented castle during the 17th century, since when it has been home to the St. Aubyn family.
 
 

St. Michael's Mount - Photo © Pam Brophy
St. Michael's Mount - Photo:  Pam Brophy CCL

St. Michael's Mount Courtyard - Photo © Richard Thomson
St. Michael's Mount Courtyard -
Photo: Richard Thomson CCL

It can only be accessed at low tide via a causeway and is now in the hands of the National Trust.


Celtic legend has it that the Mount was built by the giant Cormoran.


The original church was built after the archangel St Michael appeared to local fishermen in the 5th century.