Pendennis Castle, English Heritage
Average time spent – 1-2 hours.
Things to do at the Pendennis Castle review
Pendennis Castle near Falmouth in Cornwall is an artillery fort that was constructed in the mid 16th Century by Henry VIII. It formed part of the King’s programme to protect against invasion from France. It is now maintained by English Heritage and members can visit for free. Otherwise, there is a charge to visit.
The castle dominates a rocky headland by the sea. It offers amazing views over to Falmouth, across the nearby beaches and out to sea. It’s a great place to spot sea-faring vessels and a huge range of wildlife, birds and coastal creatures.
There are some big defence weapons to look at from the Tudor, Napoleonic and Victorian eras. This then takes you to the gun battery and then a rock-cut tunnel to the half moon battery. Through the tunnels, you can imagine the drama as the big guns would have prepared to engage the enemy. In 1943 the battery had a staff of 99, of which 36 manned the guns. You can travel back to wartime Cornwall discovering how enemy ships were controlled.
There is also a Tudor keep where the noise and drama of a castle under attack is recreated. There is a relatively new immersive installation. You can even test your own skill and nerve by loading an interactive cannon. If you climb the spiral stairs you will be rewarded with some wonderful views. The guns are fired every day at noon between April and October (except event days).
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Important Information Pendennis Castle
Eating – There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Facilities in brief – Fortress built by Henry VIII to defend against invasion, with batteries, tunnels and guns. Plus amazing views. There are toilets and a cafe.
Entry price – *FREE or Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or Mid-range – An adult ticket without donation costs £12.20, children 5-17 are £7.30. Family tickets and other pricing options are available. The main car park is on castle drive and there is no charge to park.
Opening: Pendennis Castle is open throughout the year, but winter opening times are reduced to the weekends from November to March. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dog friendly? All dogs on a lead are welcome including inside the buildings and around the grounds
Address: Castle Dr, Falmouth TR11 4LP, Cornwall, England. Phone: 0370 333 1181
Category – Castle – Indoors and Outdoors – suitable for all ages
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