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Pendennis & St Mawes Castles Open!

1 August

English Heritage sites Pendennis & St Mawes Castle's are now open for you to visit but you will now need to book timed tickets in advance.

We have to introduce limits on visitor numbers to keep everyone safe and you will need your booking confirmation in order to visit. If you are an English Heritage member then your ticket will be free, but you still need to book a ticket in advance. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Pendennis Castle

  • Castle Keep - The castle keep will be open with a one-way system in place. Entrance will be limited to small groups guided by a member of staff so you may need to wait. Please note, the keep is not suitable for dogs.  

  • Grounds - Our extensive grounds and viewpoints are open for you to enjoy.

  • Field Train Shed - The gun shed will be open to view. 

  • Barrack Block Exhibition -  The Barrack Block exhibition will remain closed. 

  • Battery Observation Post - This will be open as usual to view with tours available to book to the Half Moon Battery. 

  • Summer Adventure Quest - This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun adventure quest with a historical twist. Download your trail map here and learn more below.

  • Cafe - The café will be open for takeaway service of light refreshments with a one-way system in place. 

  • Shop - The shop will remain closed. Visit our online shop for souvenirs and gifts. 

  • Toilets - There will be a toilet available on site. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available across the site.

  • Soft Play - The soft play area will remain closed. 

  • Disabled Parking - instead of disabled parking there will be a drop-off point for visitors to use. 

  • Face coverings - From 24 July you need to remember to bring and wear a face covering if you want to buy anything from the gift shop. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please do come prepared so you don’t miss out. Face coverings are not mandatory elsewhere on your visit, but we do encourage our visitors to wear them in other enclosed spaces.

St Mawes Castle

  • We’ve introduced new measures at St Mawes Castle to keep you safe on your visit. One-way routes will be in place, and parts of the site may be closed to help with social distancing. 

  • Castle - The castle will remain closed.

  • Shop - The shop will be open, but there will be limits on the number of people allowed in. A one-way route may also be in place.

  • Coffee van - The coffee van will be open as usual.

  • Toilets - The toilets will be open and cleaned throughout the day. Hand sanitiser will be available where necessary.

  • Face coverings - From 24 July you need to remember to bring and wear a face covering if you want to buy anything from the gift shop. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please do come prepared so you don’t miss out. Face coverings are not mandatory elsewhere on your visit, but we do encourage our visitors to wear them in other enclosed spaces.

Please note, the admission point will be closed for entry from 12:00 - 13:00 for staff breaks.

 

Please visit the English Heritage website for more information and to book your tickets.

 

Why not visit both castles on one day and travel between the two on the St Mawes Ferry? Click here to book your ferry tickets in advance and receive a 10% discount!