This stalwart of the Cornish coast overlooks Falmouth and is a place where history comes alive. A must see!


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Pendennis Castle

Discover 450 years of history at Pendennis Castle.


Explore one of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses, which defended Cornwall against foreign invasion from Tudor times right through to the First and Second World Wars.

Here you can discover how the castle has evolved and experience the sights and sounds of battle through the ages. See the collection of guns and cannons and each day between April and October, watch the noon day gun being fired.

Discover the fascinating exhibition "Fortress Falmouth and the First World War" in the Barrack Block which tells the personal stories of soldiers, civilians and the local people through photographs, memorabilia and letters written to family and friends at Pendennis Castle during wartime. Children will love climbing the spiral staircase to the top of the castle keep and the recreated gun deck. Take one of the free guided tours of the castle or down the tunnels through to Half Moon Battery where you can experience a war time raid underground.

The family events programme includes Grand Medieval Jousts, pirate invasions and the Clash of the Knights as well as childrens' activities including crafts and storytelling - check our website for details.

It's location on the headland of the Fal River provides stunning sea views and over the town of Falmouth - it's an ideal picnic spot and the tea room serves freshly made snacks, cakes, drinks and light lunches which can be enjoyed in the sheltered courtyard with it's own view across to the castle keep and out to sea. Visit the shop to find a range of local produce including beers, wines, sweets, jams and chutneys as well as jewellery, tapestries, books, games and childrens toys.

Once you have explored Pendennis Castle, take the ferry across to the other side of the headland to visit St Mawes Castle.

Opening Times
2 Nov 2014 - 27 March 2015, Sat & Sun only, 10am - 4pm
Closed 24-26 Dec, 31 Dec 2014 & 1 Jan 2015

28 March - 30 Sept 2015 daily, 10am - 6pm
1 Oct - 1 Nov 2015, daily 10am - 5pm
2 Nov 2015 - 14 Feb 2016, Sat & Sun only, 10am - 4pm
15-19 Feb 2016, daily 10am - 4pm
20 Feb - 24 March 2016, Sat & Sun only, 10am - 4pm
Closed - 24-26 Dec, 31 Dec 2015 and 1 Jan 2016