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Penzance - St Michael’s Mount (half day)

Transfer from the ship this morning to ‘the jewel in Cornwall’s crown’, St. Michael’s Mount. Arrive at the unique and ancient harbour, which is of great historical interest in itself.

According to ancient Roman historians, the mount was the island of Ictis, an important centre for the Cornish tin trade during the Iron Age. It is dedicated to the archangel St Michael who, according to legend, appeared here in 495AD. Following the Norman Conquest in 1066, the invaders were struck by the similarity of the mount to their own Mont St Michel off the Normandy coastline, whose monks were invited to build a smaller abbey here in Cornwall. During Henry VIIIs dissolution of the monasteries, St Michael’s Mount was turned into a coastline defence to protect England from feared French invasion. In 1659, the Mount was purchased by Sir John St Aubyn whose descendants turned the fortress into a magnificent residence.

St Michael’s Mount is now the ancestral home of Lord St Levan. The tour will cover the gardens and the medieval castle, including the east wing, which is closed to the public.

Enjoy some free time to take photographs and soak up the scenery. There are also some wonderful shops around the harbour area– the perfect place to buy a memento of your day.

The lovely seaside town of Marazion is easily accessible either by foot along the causeway (¼ mile), by amphibious vehicle (subject to availability) or by ferry, depending on the tides. Cross to join a coach for return to Penzance

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Tours in Penzance

St Michael’s Mount
Minack Theatre & Tea at Land’s End
Art in St Ives

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