St Mary's Ferries
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With an area of 2.5 square miles, St Mary's is the largest of the 5 inhabited islands on the Isles of Scilly archipelago, at 28 miles West of Cornwall. Compare and find the cheapest ferry crossings available from St Mary's with the booking form at the top of this page. Isles of Scilly operates a ferry to St Mary's, find below all the St Mary's ferry timetables, journey times as well as our best prices.
Ferries to and from St Mary's
Isles of Scilly operate a ferry to St Mary's from Penzance in Cornwall. The ferry crossing takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes and on board the Scillonian III you will find lounge areas and two cafés.
About St Mary's
You can't miss the Telegraph Tower, built in 1803 for the defence of the island and from which, 95 years later, Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of the radio, received radio signals from a distance of 30 miles, a milestone at the time. Later the tower was used to broadcast Radio Scilly.
Throughout its history the island was a strategic location for the British Crown. As a result some attractions that you can visit are Harry's Walls which are the remains of an artillery castle, the 8-point-star shaped fortification of The Garrison and Star Castle near the pier, which was built in 1593 fearing a new attack by the Kingdom of Spain, Peninnis Head lighthouse and the Memorial at Porthellick Cove, which marks the site where the body of Admiral Shovell was found after one of the worst naval disasters in British history in 1707.
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St Mary's port facilities
Dock facilities are fairly basic, but being located in the village of Hugh Town you will have easy access to anything you could need.
Getting to St Mary's
The passenger-only ferry "Scillonian III" from Penzance docks every day, (from Easter to November), at the pier of St Mary's, located in the southwest of the island and owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, which manages it privately.
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The Quay, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0HU, England
21 Oct 2016Ferry good service!
My only gripe was the chaotic claiming of the luggage on a packed quay side in the lashing rain in the dark. I think the passengers should be kept on board for an extra half hour to allow the containers to be emptied and the cases lined up in a row and some extra lighting on the quay side.
Review by Paul Houston
17 Aug 2016Too expensive
I think the price is much too high. For a family of four the price of the ferry is rather stiff - even compared to Norway where I am from.
Review by Ole Petter Tharaldsen
29 May 2016Highly recommended!
All the staff, including the baggage handlers were friendly and helpful. The boat was comfortable with plenty of choice about where to sit. My only reservation about facilities on board relate to the number of toilets . I we had had a difficult crossing these might not have been sufficient. Catering was adequate.
Review by Anon