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Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

Castle · Historic Site
Pendennis Castle is one of the most impressive of the remaining Tudor forts, originally built by the dozens to protect King Henry VIII. Sitting atop a massive hill, the site showcases a panoramic view of the sea. An onsite gunroom, restored barracks, and castle tunnels give you a first-hand idea of life in military in the 1500s. On-site cafes offer coffee service, which you may enjoy in the manicured courtyards. Professional and self-guided tours lead you through acres of walking grounds. Be sure to check the local weather before leaving for the day. The area has a reputation for storms sweeping in from the sea. Use our Falmouth trip builder to visit Pendennis Castle on your trip to Falmouth, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • An absolutely outstanding tour of the Half Moon Battery by Sergeant Steve made this a 5 star visit. It wasn't something I was planning on doing, but the nice young lady manning the Covid entrance...  more »
  • We booked in to visit here on a wet Monday afternoon. Due to Covid not everything is open but the grounds are still worth a walk around and the views are amazing. If you go make sure you book the...  more »
  • I visited Pendennis castle in Falmouth on 31st October with my family. Booking in the name of Fox and Trestrail. The day was advertised as a spooky spectacular. As i wanted to avoid the trick and...  more »
  • This could have been a brilliant day as they had a war exhibition and shows on,but unfortunately it was pouring down when we visited. We didn't stay for the loud gun show which I would have liked to have seen. We had a good time apart from the rain though.
  • A small but lovely little fort. A long walk there but it was a perfect day for it! The exhibitions were fantastic I just wished there had been more of them. It was great to look at the barracks and the small fort itself which is steeped in military history. Definitely worth checking out!
  • A wonderful English Heritage site. The guided tour is fun and interactive, particularly of the half-moon battery. If you’re into military history, make sure to be there for the live gun firing. If not, the castle and view are sure to please anyone!
  • Fantastic day with Tudor knights and sword fighting. We loved battling each other and the Mike and Carlos who ran this activity were very entertaining. Thank you for a great living history experience.
  • Beautiful place to visit with ample parking, nice little cafe and little souvenir shop. Plenty of information and loads to look at. THE TOUR IS A MUST. The gentleman (Sargent Steve?) who took the group around we were in was brilliant. Acted the part, was full of information and engaged every one to join in. Really enjoyed our day. Will be revisiting next year. Also it's English Heritage run. With hundreds of sites across the UK. Definitely worth joining.

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