Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle

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.

What is there to do at the Pendennis Castle?

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 to discover how enemy ships were controlled.

There is also a Tudor keep where the noise and drama of a castle under attack are 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).


Further Information

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.

What are the main things to do?

Fortress built by Henry VIII to defend against invasion, with batteries, tunnels and guns. Plus amazing views. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

Free for members of English Heritage. An adult ticket without donation costs £12.20, children 5-17 are £7.30. Family tickets and other pricing options are available.
Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online.

Is there parking?

The main car park is on Castle Drive and there is no charge to park.

When are they open?

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.

Are they accessible?

Information on accessibility

Pendennis Castle
Pendennis Castle
Pendennis Castle

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