Mistery 2, the ultimate unique hideaway.
Dinner around the captain's table.
Peering through to the main bedroom.
Sit upon the hull door as the sun begins to fade.
The most tranquil setting.
Spacious kitchen with handcrafted worktops from recycled Falmouth dock pilings.
The comfiest sofa to relax on after a day of adventure.
Handcrafted by shipwrights.
Magical moments by the fire-pit at Mistery 2.
Inside there is also a cosy wood-burner, a glass of red and a good book... pure bliss!
Breakfast in bed... yes please!
The spacious, light and airy main bedroom or 'cabin'.
The comfortable V-shaped bed in the second bedroom can also be converted into twins.
The comfortable V-shaped bed in the second bedroom can also be converted into twins.
Bedroom 2. Lots of natural light from the port windows. So much character onboard this ship!
The impressive exterior of this showstopping hideaway!
The perfect spot for al fresco dining.
Separate toilet from the main bedroom's en suite.
The family shower-room, next door to the second bedroom.
The main bedroom's en suite shower-room.
Hello Mistery 2.
Low tide...
High tide! The ever-changing scenery is what makes this space extra special.
The perfect combination; cheese and wine by the fire.
Plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by.
No tiny detail has been missed.
The stunning view from the other side of the quay at high tide.
Wander down the gangway to enter your hideaway - please be aware the angle can vary depending on the tide.

Mistery 2

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4.1 miles NW of Falmouth / Sleeps 4 (no children under 2)

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Royal Oak Perranwell (½ mile)

Located in the centre of the village, this traditional pub offers home cooked food and welcomes both visitors and locals alike. With a weekly coffee morning, knitting group and quiz night, this pub really is the heart of the community.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2020

Excellent meal with great service.

It is a lovely old pub in a pretty village. The food was delicious and the staff very friendly and helpful. It is very well set up for social distancing and extra care has been taken with hygiene and cleanliness. Would highly recommend.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2019

You must go here!

We have never been in a village pub and been made so welcome. Both staff and locals were happy to converse with us. On top of this wonderful welcome the food and drinks are excellent. Prices are reasonable for the standard provided and the choice will satisfy everyone.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2019

A friendly, traditional country pub with lovely food, good beer and cider!

Nearest beach

Loe Beach (3 miles)

A privately-owned beach that's open to the public, Loe Beach near Feock is a pretty shingle beach looking out onto the River Fal. With sports equipment hire available, including paddle boards and kayaks, and Loe Beach Café nearby, visitors can try their hand at a new activity or simply sit and enjoy the views with a hot drink.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2020

Loe Beach

An ok shingle beach. Good water sports facilities and rock pools for the kids.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2019

The locals beach

A shingle beach below a good car park which is perfect for launching small boats. There is an area between buoys for swimming and the water is calm. It is a perfect sun trap. It is a private beach so be prepared for a car park attendant on duty at times. Also the beach café seemed to have closed for the off season from the eighth of September.

Nearest walk

Kennall Vale Gunpowder Works (1 ½ miles)

Tucked away in a wooded valley near the village of Ponsanooth, the old Gunpowder Works were in operation from the 1800s until the early 20th Century, when they were forced to close due to the invention of dynamite. Today, the remains stand in a nature reserve maintained by The Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The old ruins, beech woods and Kennall river make for a pleasant walk. Park in the village of Ponsanooth, walk past the shop and up the steep hill. The reserve entrance is on your right.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2016

Pretty

A very pretty walk, not over long. Lovely waterfalls in a wooded area. Great for dogs.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2012

A lovely place to explore - good if you only have a short gap in the itinerary as it doesn't take more than an hour at most, even if you have a good look around.

Nearest town

Penryn (2 ½ miles)

Falmouth's smaller neighbour doesn't get much of a look in, being in the shadows of the fourth best place to live in England. But it has plenty to offer for those put off by the bright lights of a busy town. It is situated at the head of the Penryn river and surrounded by the pretty little villages of the Helford. Easy access to other areas of the far west is facilitated by the proximity of the A39 yet you've the sea views and harbour delights of a coastal town to enjoy. And did you know, Penryn is the oldest market town in Cornwall? So there's plenty of historical architecture and landscapes to explore.

Also nearby

The Hidden Hut (6 ½ miles)

A beach cafe in the most rustic sense - a beachside shed with some outdoor seating. It is a National Trust-owned hut, but run by a local couple who provide 'Feast Nights' - now made famous by their appearance on ITV's 'Cornwall with Caroline Quentin'. You need to buy tickets, but the hut is generally open to everyone, except during the winter, so check times on their Web site.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2022

visited in March

Windy, sunny and busyish. Interesting changing lunch menu which comes in cartons you can take away or eat on site. Also usual snacks and drinks. No need to book in March.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Hidden Gem

Lovely little walk from the car park where you come across some steps, if you then take the steps immediately going up you then come across the stunning Hidden Hut, where the food is fantastic, may be a little pricey, but so worth it, especially sitting on the benches


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Amazing

We visited the Hidden Hut whilst on holiday last week. Gorgeous food. We had the watercress soup which was scrumptious. Really recommend a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2020

Hidden

What a surprise . Very popular so be prepared to queue but you can enjoy the view of Porthcurnick beach and headland.
Excellent customer service.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2020

Very interesting

Worth a little walk.
Very enterprising!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2019

A little gem

What a wonderful beachside find. It is super popular now so expect to queue, but it's is completely worth it with exceptional food, and a great beachside location. You won't regret a day out here. Check the website for opening times/days.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2019

Great food overlooking the beach

Not just another beach front cafe. This place is possibly the best beach cafe/restaurant going. Great food and atmosphere. Really hits the spot. You will not be disappointed and worth the effort.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2019

Mrs Jarvis

Really fantastic food, great service (despite the length of the queue). You must visit!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2019

Perfect situation and great food

If you didn’t already know it, this a now a justly famous spit just above a lovely Cornish beach.
Splendid food - some fusion inspired and some more typical local Cornish. Great atmosphere. Also they have now a great Hidden Hut cookbook. Such a happy mix of photos and recipes!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2019

lush nosh

definitely recommend for a yummy beachside lunch


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2017

Being relatively local to the area, we felt it was time to see if this often-mentioned beach cafe lived up to it's reputation....and it did! On a sunny August Sunday, the beach was busy and so was the Hidden Hut. Be prepared to queue - for quite a while - but once you've selected which of the mouthwatering options to go for, you've plenty of choice of places to sit and enjoy the really well cooked food and the amazing location. No doubt this will be the first of many visits to come!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2016

Wonderful location

Perfect for coffee and cake, overlooking Porthcurnick beach.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2016

Stunning place for a delicious lunch! Pricey but great quality. Locally sourced and freshly made. Busy on Bank holidays but worth the queue. Soups are always fabulous as are the pasties, pulled pork baps and sausage rolls. We were lucky enough to get tickets for a feast night once and it was a most memorable and special event. Check out their Facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/thehiddenhut/

Trebah Garden (7 miles)

Family and dog-friendly, Trebah covers 26 acres, converting a small corner of Cornwall into a sub-tropical paradise. Located above the Helford River, every inch of Trebah is covered by lush vegetation, with 100-year old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias kicking off the season with an explosion of colour.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2022

Lovely day out

We had a lovely day at Trebah in March. There were lots of colourful Spring plants including all the rhododendrons, camelias and magnolias, and a sea of fascinating gunneras that were starting to come out. When they are fully grown, the leaves can reach 2.5m across and there is a gunnera passage where you could walk underneath them. There’s also some giant bamboo and many interesting paths up and and down to the beach. We had a lovely lunch in the cafe and all in all, a great day out. Check the website and make sure you book in advance as they were only accepting pre-booked visitors. Also check the cafe closing time on the beach (ice creams etc) as it closed at 3pm when we were there.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2022

Wonderful exotic gardens

We visited in February and were surprised by how warm and mild the atmosphere was in the gardens. What a wonderful variety of plants, shrubs and trees! well laid out paths allow the visitor to wander around the grounds to access different view points. The beach at the bottom of the valley was a lovely surprise. We particularly liked the water feature cascading down the valley.
Excellent cafe in a delightful light and airy modern building. The entry fee is reasonable and good value for money.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2021

An enjoyable afternoon out

Thoroughly enjoyed our time at Trebah, September was a good time to visit as the hydrangeas were flowering beautifully. The beach was lovely as was the delicious ice cream!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2020

A disabled persons opinion

I was really looking forward to visiting Trebah but was really disappointed, I was only able to go out of the reception building in my wheelchair when I was faced with the most sever decline and was told that it was like that all the way. It was very unsafe for me to go any further, so had to turn round and go out of the gardens


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2020

Beautiful gardens and beach

Well worth a visit. Really incredibly, calming gardens with excellent covid measures in place to feel safe. The private beach is just lovely, worth the short queue to get in (controlled by a traffic light system to ensure not too many people are on it are time). Nice cafe with gluten free options. A very good day out, would highly recommend.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2020

Best gardens to visit in the area

If you like to visit gardens then this is one of the very best in the area. We prefer it to the nearby Glendurgan gardens, though Glendurgan is run by the National Trust so you can get in for free if you are a member.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2019

LES CALDER

Excellent lovely gardens which as NT members (although Trebah is privately owned)
out of high season, can be viewed for very reasonable cost.
Best more natural gardens in the area in my view.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2019

Wonderful Gardens leading down to a lovely beach.

These gardens are truly fascinating and beautiful. We loved that the dog was welcome even in the cafe and the food and drink were all really good, healthy, well prepared and delicious.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2019

Impressive gardens and picturesque beach

Beautiful gardens. Very pleasant staff and good food. The private beach was very picturesque. Would recommend.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2015

You won't be disappointed

What a wonderful place to lose yourself in nature discovering plants I had never seen before and some looked like they stepped out of Jurassic Park! We stayed into the evening for a fantastic Miracle Theatre production in the Amphitheatre called The Magnificent Three which was absolutely brilliant, great story, great cast and highly recommended, I will be looking out for their next production. Overall a very pleasing day with ice cream on the beach too, what more could you want!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2014

A mini paradise

This was such a wonderful find. A complete tropical paradise hidden away down the creek. You really feel like you have disappeared to a magical world here and it's a great place to escape. Beautiful water gardens and walks through the woods, which eventually lead down to a private secluded beach. Would happily come here time and again. Lovely cafe as well and there's also a cafe on the beach.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2014

Nice family day out

We visited the gardens on Father's Day (three generations of us!) and it was a lovely day out. It was interesting seeing all the exotic plants and following the path through the gardens to the private beach at the end where an ice cream sat on the beach is a must! The adventure play areas within the gardens were great for the kids.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2014

We hadn't heard about Trebah before we arrived but it proved to be a fabulous day out and the gardens were very special. Better than Eden in some ways and the weather on the day was perfect.
The walk down to the bay was superb. Also enjoyed the shop, cafe and garden centre.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2013

We have been to Trebah several times in the past, but the garden was at it's loveliest this time, with loads of spring flowers as well as the rhododendrons etc.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

December 2012

I love trebah

Trebah is a brilliant day out, and the beach is gorgeous!!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2012

Trebah Garden

A really delightful garden with much to see. Although steep in places, there are plenty of benches to rest before venturing further.

The glimpse of the sea as you wend your way through the garden is really beautiful and really well worth the trip down to the bottom.

Well worth a visit time and time again.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2012

Gets better every time

We love Trebah Gardens, they are also dog friendly, though unfortunately we did see evidence that some dog owners were not respecting the fact that clearing up is a must if this is to continue. We really enjoy walking around the gardens and always spend at least three hours doing so. Always something different to see. Already looking forward to our next visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

We enjoyed that they are clearly continuing to develop and work on the garden in the 5 years since we last visited. Cafe very good and plenty of sheltered outdoor space. Plenty to see in May and an icecream on the beach was a great treat.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Trebah Garden

Wonderful garden especially in May when we were there. A beach with a cafe half way round and the ubiquitous crab sandwiches in the cafe near the entrance. We could have spent a whole day here.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

A great place to visit. Even on a dull day this provided some great views and a fascinating range of plants. The beach was an added bonus. The restaurant provided a good range of dishes, including some gluten free choices.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Worth a visit, even on a wet day. The cream tea in the cafe was so good there is no chance it could ever be matched anywhere else. Enjoyed the shop too. We spent 2 hours in the property although it's not all that large, including time at the cafe. It's advisable to go early when it's really quiet.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2008

Suitable for young and old

I would recommend this garden for anyone. The walks around the garden can be taken at any pace and are endlessly fascinating for young children as well as older relatives. Even those who may not be as agile as they once were will be able to manage a good deal of the garden and there are plenty of places to stop, admire the view and rest. The staff are very helpful, always ready to discuss an unusual plant and the cafe is run by a group of very cheerful women, who provide simple but delicious food.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2008

A beautiful place, starting with formal gardens at the top, winding down through subtropical exotica to a small beach. We once went there on a winter's day where there was snow at the top of the garden and brilliant sunshine once you went through the doorway onto the beach; my children said it was like going into Narnia!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2008


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Walking

Trebah Gardens are excellent for all the family - there is also a beach below for children to explore. Kids can take part in the quiz as they walk around the gardens which makes for a more peaceful time for the parents!

Falmouth (4 ¼ miles)

When booking a Falmouth holiday cottage you won’t be disappointed with this maritime treat. The location is stunning, with winding streets and terraced roads of shops, cafes, bars and cottages - all snuggled between the palm fronted beaches along Falmouth bay and its famous harbour, overlooked and protected by Pendennis Castle and its sister castle on the opposite side of the river at St Mawes. You can leave your car at the holiday cottage as everything is on your doorstep. Or, take the river taxis up to Truro or across to St Mawes and spend time exploring another part of the Cornwall. Falmouth is well placed for discovering all of west Cornwall.

Falmouth’s maritime history is unique. Having the third deepest natural harbour in the world, it became the centre of the postal network to the British Empire and the first place news was landed before spreading across the land. It is now often the start or finish point of various ‘round the world’ record breaking voyages and the Tall Ship’s race, one not to be missed. Today Falmouth is home to the National Maritime Museum, which is well worth a visit, as well as a plethora of watersport facilities. Holidays can easily be spent sailing, fishing or diving in the bay or up the river.

A Falmouth holiday could not be complete without visiting at least one of the many galleries. Falmouth Art School was founded there in 1902 and many of the students have never left, resulting in a vibrant art scene. Much of it is inspired by the locale, the scenery is inspirational and the way of life allows for many a story to be told through creative means. Pick up a Cornish memento to take back with you and provoke happy memories for years to come.

Being on the coast, there is a family friendly shoreline to enjoy. All four beaches; Castle, Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth, are sandy and sheltered from the swells and prevailing wind, perfect for a family holiday in Falmouth. They also have rock pools at low tide for the kids (and dads) to explore to their heart’s content when they’ve finished building sandcastles and eating icecreams.

If you’re staying in one of our dog friendly Falmouth cottages you will be spoilt for choice as you are never too far from a rural walk. From the coast path with its panoramic sea views to the many footpaths criss-crossing the surrounding countryside… take your pick!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2020

Ian McGrath

Liked the idea of shutting down the High Street to traffic between 10.00-16.00, which gave more space for pedestrians still nervous following lockdown. Recommend Harbour Lights Fish


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2015

falmouth to st mawes

Would recommend the boat trip across to lovely St Mawes, pretty harbour town, great pub lunch in the Rising Sun conservatory....


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2015

Winter break

Falmouth is good to visit any time of year and we have been in all seasons. Our recent visit in January was excellent. We found plenty to do despite some very mixed weather. As oldies we went to Rick Stein of or a vintage lunch served on Tuesday's until March very busy and cheap. We also visited Pendennis Castle and the Maritime Museum for another oldies lunch (Wednesday's) which included admission to the museum. The view on the Fal is lovely and we visited Newquay and Perranporth which out of season have beautiful deserted beaches to walk on.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2013

Falmouth and surrounding area

Falmouth has something for everyone ~ great beaches, great boating, good choice of restaurants and great accommodation. Easy access to other villages and lots going on ~ one great high street with everything you can imagine. ~Would recommend Amanzi restaurant ~ great place to eat with a South African twist.
Try visiting Mylor Harbour just a couple of miles away, great for walking and eating too. Dogs are welcome at many places in the area which is a bonus......having just spent a few days there in February will be returning again in June.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2012

Something for Everyone

Falmouth really does have something for everyone. Having just spent a recent week of mixed weather we were never stuck for something to do, even if it was just wandering and enjoying the bustle of local life. Everyone working in the shops, cafes, restaurants and local attractions were friendly and clearly enjoyed their work, which in turn made us feel welcomed.

Trips to St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula via the chainlink ferry or by boat make for enjoyable days out.

We also enjoyed dinner and a concert at the Princess Pavillion, with its beautiful gardens that lead down to the seafront.

Hope to visit again soon.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2012

The National Maritime Museum is a superb informative way to spend best part of a wet day, as the number of families and school parties evidenced. As re-entry is free for a year after the initial entry fee we decided to browse the exhibitions for part of the morning, exited for lunch at nearby Rick Stein's Fish and Chip restaurant, which was delicious if a little expensive, then re-entered the Museum to finalize our tour. The Spring/Summer Search and Rescue exhibition was of particular interest as we support the RNLI.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2011

Best town in Cornwall

Falmouth is a very honest town, un-spoilt and un-commercialised, and as such I would rate it as one of the best towns in Cornwall. We have stayed here on holiday many times in various properties, and there is always plenty to do here, which is especially important with 3 young children in tow!

The maritime museum is definitely worth a visit if you are here, this is a high quality attraction which puts some of the other so-called landmark attractions in the county to shame (Land's End to name one). You could easily spend a whole week in the town itself without venturing further afield.

Avoid restaurants such as Stein's fish & chips, and venture into the heart of town for more authentic and better value food. Short ferry rides to St. Mawes and Flushing are great fun, you can even take a ferry to Truro on the high tides.

If beaches are your thing, then Gyllngvase beach is an un-spoilt beauty and is wonderful at any time of the year.

If you like pubs (and who doesn't) then go to the Chain Locker, this is one of my all-time favourite pubs and must surely be one of the best in the country. The quayside location, and the quite excellent beer, rate it very highly. The Boathouse at the top of the High Street at the entrance to the town is also excellent.

Harbour Lights Traditional Fish and Chips (4 ¼ miles)

This is a great place to enjoy traditional fish and chips and you can either eat in and enjoy the stunning views across the harbour or take away. This restaurant has a handful of awards for its food and environmental awareness.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2020

Ian McGrath

Excellent Fish and Chips, with delivery service included, which meant the food was hot and ready to eat when delivered to your door. Used them a couple of times during our visit as quality was very good.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2019

Take away a delight

One of the best fish and chip shops I have eaten from - super service with click and collect, a must try - you won’t be disappointed👍


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2013

The best Fish 'n Chips

Here I found the best Fish and Chips during my 2 weeks holiday in Cornwall. Friendly staff, very good service, a wonderful view of the harbour. Absolutely recommended.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2012

Excellent Fish & Chips

Really good fish & chips, excellent service & a great view of the harbour


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2012

Top nosh!

Perfect fish and chips, beautifully cooked. Friendly staff provide good service, with a wonderful harbourside location. Recommended.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Really excellent fish & chips. Good service


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Follow the locals for the best fish and chips in town, not to mention a restaurant with breathtaking sea views.

St Michael's Mount (18 miles)

Stride through time at the legendary St Michael’s Mount. Follow a giant’s footsteps and find his heart buried in the cobblestone paths. Scale to the top of the mount and conquer the castle, looking out over spectacular views of the bay and out beyond the horizon. A day spent here is not one to be forgotten.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2022

St Michael's Mount

We are National Trust Members and didn't actually book this. After walking across the causeway we were told we needed to have booked online tickets. We then did this on our phone and were admitted easily enough. Cafe has been updated and the plant sales area changed but for the better with more seating. A wonderful castle and beautiful gardens. You need to book a ticket for the boat trip before setting off if you cannot walk the causeway. You can't buy a ticket on the boat anymore. A fabulous day out.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2021

Requires booking ahead

Be aware, whatever your previous experience, the NT require a booking even to reach the Mount harbour, never mind entering the castle. Also note, there is very little phone signal on the beach so you cannot book there!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Well worth a visit

Exceeded my expectations. Lovely day out.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2021

St Michael’s Mount

Very enjoyable day out but quite a climb.A long queue to pay for parking about 15 mins as very difficult to work out how to pay


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2021

Be prepared to now pay for entry.

We had visited St Michael's Mount before and you could go into the outer areas without having to pay . But now it is £10 for a ticket , so be prepared .


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2019

Another must visit

Fabulous but get there between 9-10 as it gets very very busy...also check website to see when garden is open!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2019

Very special

A crazy place. Copy of Normandy but different. A museum but people still live there. Garden is also spectacular. Short trip by boat is nice.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2016

Perfect also for children


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2015

A MUST TO VISIT....

St Michael's Mount is a truly unique and magical place and was the highlight of our stay. Check the tides on the website; you need to walk the Causeway one way and get the boat in the other as the tide will come in/out while you are there. I would advise going early during the high season. That way you will park easily in the National Trust Car Park on the beach and will avoid the worst of the crowds. Both National Trust Cafes on the Mount do amazing food, often sourced from local producers, and they have spectacular views of the mainland. The Crab Rarebit will linger in my memory...mmm!

The warnings of uneven ground should be heeded; you do need to wear supportive footwear...no flip-flops! The cobbled, steep paths up to the Mount are poorly maintained and have great gaps in between the cobbles. One section known as 'The Pilgrim Steps' dates from mediaeval times and are now little more than tumbledown boulders that have to be scrambled up. Buggies are better left behind or you will end up carrying them (and the kids)!

However, it is SO worth the climb for the amazing views from the top and to look around the house and Church. What a history! Medieval Abbey, to Civil War fortress, and now a private residence. Stunning!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2015

Be prepared to hike

Whether you walk across the causeway or get the ferry (likelihood is you'll do both), at some point you will have to walk. The walk from quay to either the gardens or the castle is a bit of a trek, with the latter needing the visitor to scramble up steep cobbled steps and pathways. Once you reach either the strenuous walk is immediately forgotten as you are left agog at the stunning views, both natural and man made.
The top of the castle commands spectacular views across Mount Bay, with Newlyn, Penzance and Marazion all within a perfect vista. If you're brave enough you can peer over the ramparts and spy the fabulous gardens from on high.
Children are easily entertained by the castle quiz and they get a prize at the end, adults can simply wonder at the artefacts on display and the fabulous architecture.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2012

Well worth a visit


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to St Michael's mount. The castle was delightful and there was much more to it than we had expected. Would recommend a walking stick/pole for the ascent to the castle.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2012

Perfect day out

We love St Michael's Mount. If the tide is right you can walk across to the mount and then get a boat ride back. The house and surrounding area are very atmospheric and if you are fortunate enough you will get to see the Basking Sharks. A great day out and well worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2012

Good day out for all the family

Took the ferry as it was high tide. A long queue but with several ferries we didn't have to wait long. Kids enjoyed the ferry ride and the interesting things in the castle. Quite a steep climb on cobbles up to the castle so wished I had worn more sensible shoes but worth the climb. Cafe's were good and also places to picnic. Lovely views from the castle. Spent several hours on St Michael's Mount.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

A truly worthwhile visit and highly recommended. But you do need to be physically fit and able to cope with steep uphills on cobbled paths! Not for the elderly or infirm!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2012

Lovely day out

We got there on a small boat. Had a nice scone in the cafe and waked around the house. Lovely day out


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Fabulous views on the mount !

The views are amazing and the castle is full of history. A bonus is the castle is still inhabited as a family home, which gives it a nice lived in feel. Gardens look fantastic from the ramparts, but are not open every day. Phone up before you visit to check tide times. We went out by boat, then walked back across the causeway.
The NT cafe is lovely, and you can have an above average waitress served meal.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

I would recommend everyone to make the walk across to the Mount, it is magical but do watch the tides!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

ST M's Mount

Well worth being a member of the National Trust to be able to enjoy this treasure. Great afternoon's outing for family - we had our 2 older teenage kids who were very happy to go round the castle. Lovely place to sit and relax too enjoying an ice cream after you've viewed the property. Keep your eye on the tide though - it comes in very quickly but it adds to the fun to have to wade back through thigh-high water!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2011

The view from Sunnyside over St Michael's Mount is magical and a trip there doesn't disappoint. We were impatient for the tide to recede and so began our visit by paddling over the causeway, an adventure in itself. The walk up to the house was an exciting scramble, but not for the infirm. At the top the views were tremendous and the property quite as wacky as the octagonal dairy on the way up suggested it would be. Lunch in the tea shop was one of the best we had during our stay. All in all, a delight. Brilliant for anyone with children. Best not paddle over the causeway if you're taking the buggy though.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Wonderful St Michael's Mount

When in the area there is nothing nicer to do, whatever the weather, than walk or take a boat to the Mount (depending on the tide). At low tide you can meander up the causeway the to the Mount where a nice NT cafe awaits and a steep walk up to the castle (passing over the giant's heart on the way), here the views across the Mount's gardens are second to none. A magestic place.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Check the tide times before you leave, as it's great to walk over to the mount. If you have small children it is better to walk or bring a baby carrier as pushing a buggy on the cobbles is really hard work. It's a magical place, nothing quite like it, it's amazing how the access to the mount suddenly appears and then disappears later in the day. There is also a fab outside play area for children with plenty to do for small tots and children up to about 12 years.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Sub tropical gardens

Great attraction to visit if you haven't already been. The castle is worth the climb, and the gardens are wonderful - many sub tropical species there which can only be found in this part of England. Well worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Set out from a beautiful beach, this is a great place for a day out. If the tide is in you can get a boat across to the Mount which is great fun. There are lovely gardens as well as the Mount to explore.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2008

A trip to St Michael's Mount is a wonderful way of spending a sunny summer's afternoon or even a beautiful autumn one, if you want to avoid the crowds! The view of the castle in the bay is so well known, it is lovely to get another perspective of the coastline by looking back from the island to Marazion beach and the sweep of the bay to Penzance. To get the full experience you need to walk across the causeway at low tide (there are often puddles!!) but the walk up to the castle itself is very steep, so not a day for heels! The restaurant is nice, and there is also a tea-room/cafe, but we like to buy pasties in Philps at Marazion and sit round the island's harbour to eat them. On your ascent to the castle don't forget to look out for the heart of Cormoran the Giant, now turned to stone...


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Wonderful five minute trip by sea or if the tide is low, you can walk across the causeway to this fairy tale castle which dominates Mounts Bay. Steep walk up to the castle itself which is not for the faint hearted! Those who would rather not can wander round the little harbour. Good coffee and pasties at the Cafe or there is the Sail Loft Restaurant. N.T. shop. There is plenty to see in the Castle and the views from it are stunning.

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