St Michael's Mount
This small island bears the same name as its better-known counterpart in Normandy. Following the apparition of the archangel Michael at the end of the 5C it has attracted numerous pilgrims. The monastery was transformed into a fortress from the 15C; it then became a private residence when it was purchased by John Aubyn in 1647. The castle features a mix of 14C-18C architectural styles. The port and narrow streets below it are a hive of activity in the busy summer season.
Address:TR17 0HT Marans
castle: Apr-end Oct: Sun-Fri 10.30am-5pm (5.30pm in Jul-Aug), 1st fortnight Nov: Tue and Fri guided tour only (90min)-11am and 2pm, last admission 45min before closing; gardens: May-Jun: Mon-Fri 10.30am-5pm; Jul-end Oct: Thu-Fri 10.30am-5pm (5.30pm in Jul-Aug) - castle £8 (children £4), gardens £5 (children £2), combo ticket £10.50 (children £5)