Monday, 18 October 2010

A visit to St. Michael's Mount

One of Cornwall’s most iconic sites is St. Michael’s Mount and many of our conference delegates ask how they can visit this popular attraction. If you are attending one of next summers 4 MEI Conferences, and would like to visit The Mount, I would recommend that you book a return rail ticket from Falmouth to Penzance, changing at Truro for the mainline train to Penzance, the final stop on the Great Western express from London.

Stop for a coffee in Penzance, the most westerly major town in Britain, and birthplace of its most famous son, Sir Humphry Davy, whose many achievements included the invention of the miner’s safety lamp. Then on to Marazion, either a short bus ride or a very easy one hour walk along the flat coast path and beach. This is by no means one of Cornwall’s most spectacular walks, but you do get great views of the Mount across Mount’s Bay.

Marazion is the oldest chartered town in Britain, having been granted this status in 1257 by Henry III, and there is access to St. Michael’s Mount from here by a causeway at low tide, and ferry at higher tide. The Mount is a place of Celtic legend, the island crowned by a spectacular 14th century castle and the tower of its 12th century church. The original Benedictine Priory was built in 1044 by Edward the Confessor and the St. Aubyn family, whose seat the Mount has been since 1659, donated the property to the National Trust in 1954.

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