St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Castle is located in St Mawes near Truro, Cornwall. It was built in the mid-16th century and it was built as one of a chain of forts to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain. It guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads alongside Pendennis Castle.

You will approach the castle through the original guardhouse. Around the castle, there are some beautiful stone carvings of the Tudor royal arms with Latin inscriptions designed to flatter the Monarch and his son Edward. You will see the deep hole which was used for punishment and on the open roof you can see gun embrasures and a small soldier’s latrine. There are rooms and floors to explore and a variety of cannons.

The grounds at St Mawes Castle consist of grassed areas and some gardens, which are spread across several levels connected by sloping paths and steps. There is an audio tour available including a child-friendly version.

Further Information St Mawes Castle

Is there food and drink available?

There is a kiosk van serving drinks and snacks. You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy the outdoors.

What are the main things to do?

Mid-16th century castle built as a defensive fort with a variety of floors you can explore. There are toilets.

What are the ticket prices?

Free for members of English Heritage. Adult standard ticket costs £7, children £4.20, under 5s are free and family tickets are available.
Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online.

Is there parking?

There is parking, but charges apply for non-members.

When are they open?

They run varied opening days and hours with some closure mid-week over autumn and winter. For up-to-date opening times and dates please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Are they accessible?

Information on accessibility

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