St Mawes

Visit St Mawes Castle at the mouth of the Fal River. One of the most beautiful of Henry VIII's coastal fortresses.


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St Mawes Castle

Overlooking the mouth of the Fal River, this castle has some of the best views in all of Cornwall.


St Mawes Castle, facing Pendennis Castle across the Fal Estuary, one of the most picturesque and beautiful of Henry VIII's coastal fortresses, unchanged over the centuries.

Built to protect the entrance to Fal Estuary against foreign invasion, it was designed in a clover leaf shape, surrounded by outer defences to mount heavy ship sinking guns. It fell easily to a landward attack by Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War in 1646, before partial re-arming during the 19th & 20th centuries.

Explore the castle keep with it's sinister oubliette - a deep hole where prisoners were thrown and the rooms where the Garrison were stationed over the years. The surrounding landscaped area around the castle offers stunning views out to sea and across to the other side of the headland where Pendennis Castle is located. Visitors can also enjoy an audio tour which brings to life the history of the castle and the people who lived there over the years.

Located just a five minute walk from St Mawes Quay and ten minutes walk from the pretty village of St Mawes, a visit to the castle is an ideal excuse to enjoy the passenger ferry ride from Falmouth town or the King Harry Ferry with your car.

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

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