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St Michael's Mount: Our review and 6 tips for visiting with kids

Kate Williams

27 August 2017

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Last weekend we visited Penzance on the west coast of Cornwall and I thought it would be a great excuse to make the trip up to St Michael's Mount. St Michael’s Mount is one of those iconic landmarks that once you can see on the horizon you know you have to go and take a closer look, a castle set high on an island hill-top it can be accessed by foot when the tide is low or by boat when the tide is in. Of course, like most things where children are involved, a little bit of planning is often a very good thing so these are my hints for helping make your trip to St Michael's Mount as fabulous as possible.

  1. Check the entry dates

    As St Michael's Mount is quite a well-known tourist destination I expected it to be open every day. Nope. The castle, shops and cafes are all closed on Saturdays and the gardens are only open a couple of days a week to protect it from wear and tear. As we were limited to the times we were able to visit we went and viewed the castle but with two small kids I would have loved to been able to time it better so they could let off some steam in the gardens too.

    St Michael's Mount in Cornwall

  2. Wear sensible shoes

    I wore Birkenstocks and the kids were in Crocs which is normally ok for our running around on the beach splashing in waves and dripping ice cream everywhere lifestyle, but the paths up to the castle are really steep and walking boots / proper sensible shoes would have probably been a better choice. Talking about those paths...

  3. Leave the buggy at home

    If you have little kids then you can take your buggy to the island but you’ll need to leave it there if you want to walk up to the castle. As a mum I often see these things and think ‘oh yeah, is it really that bad for a buggy?’ because I’m of the belief that my buggy could have pretty much withstood anything bar The Hulk (and even possibly him) but actually it’s really no good for buggies, thankfully you can borrow a hipster seat from The National Trust but if you have a little one it’s best to bring a sling with you.

    Leave the buggy at home for a day at St Michael's Mount

  4. Plan your lunch

    I love the food in the National Trust cafes but during the busy season, it’s only to be expected that they get a bit busy. If you’re happy with something a bit more basic the cafe in the car park has really good sausage rolls (which was where we stopped) or if you’re a bit more organised than me then there’s a lovely space in the castle grounds for a picnic.

  5. Take a rest by the canons

    After walking up St Michaels Mount your kids will be overjoyed to find the canons which they can sit on and pretend to shoot people on the mainland with (ok, that last bit might just be my kids.) While they play you get the chance to get your energy back and enjoy the stunning views.

    Kids will love the canons on a day out to St Michaels Mount

  6. Take the treasure quest

    As you enter the castle make sure you grab the kids treasure quest from the staff there. It’s a little booklet that kids can put the right stickers into as they find out all about the family who lived there and to my mind, there’s few things that get kids as interested in something as stickers! When the kids finish touring the castle they get a medal for completing the treasure quest too - something that my kids then wore pretty much non-stop for the next day!

    Complete the treasure quest at St Michael's Mount to win a medal

Have you been to St Michael's Mount before? Let us know your tips in a comment below, or find other great days out in Cornwall now.

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Kate Williams

27 August 2017

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Kate Williams is a mum of two young kids and a blogger at Crafts on Sea where she shares fun but achievable ideas for families. Kate is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for dayoutwiththekids.co.uk in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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