'Through time and tide' is an apt strapline for this unique tidal island. St Michael's Mount rises out of the sea, with the church and castle at its summit. It's an iconic sight that is synonymous with Penzance. Over many centuries the town has evolved while the island has retained its distinctive fairytale silhouette. At low tide wander the tidal causeway to the island, but when the waters meet you can take a short boat trip across.
The ancient aspect of the island as viewed from across the water deepens when you step ashore. The island was acquired by the St Aubyn family after the English Civil War, they live in the castle to this day. Inside you can explore an eclectic range of rooms from the centuries, including the mid-18th-century Gothic Blue Drawing Room. Step outside and the terraced gardens evoke an Italian summer. Subtropical succulents cling to hot stone walls and sprays of coastal flowers waft in the breeze, surrounded by a near 360 degrees of blue sea and sky.