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Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

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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. Pendennis Castle is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Falmouth Edition.
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  • A lovely place to visit with stunning views of Falmouth and the surrounding area. It includes a eating area which provided a variety of food. Well worth visiting  more »
  • Our two young boys loved this place -- many places to explore and play Knights of the Castle. The adults were impressed as well -- plenty to see and learn.  more »
  • We travelled to here from truro.. and found that the signage was not very good.. we travelled down Melville road, followed a sign for scenic route and eventually found the castle... we thoroughly enjo...  more »
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  • Excellent!! Lots to see and do, kept us busy! The pirate and cannon demonstrations were very good! The cafe was good, lovely latte's. The shop was also very good, (excellent plum wine!). Staff were very friendly and helpful. Superb views too. If you've never been then you must, you won't be disappointed.
  • Very interesting place to visit, a bit boring for the younger people but a lovely cafeteria and some good sound effects to compliment the exhibits. Guided tour is the best way because there is a lack of printed Info. Beautiful views
  • Amazing history. 😊love it here. Love the way Henry VIII walked around the grounds
  • Great place to take the family. Loads of historical information for the history buffs and loads of exhibits and things to do for kids. There's also a good cafe on site for a quick pit stop.
  • I have mixed feelings on this review as had we had more time I may have come away with a different perspective. We arrived at 3pm on Saturday and figured we'd spend a leisurely few hours at the castle enjoying the sunny weather. It's worth noting that parking is a fair walk from the castle itself along an undulating path so take that into account if you're not steady on your feet. Of course disabled parking for badge holders is available at the castle itself. Once we'd made it to the castle itself I took the opportunity to sign us both up to English Heritage which given hindsight I'd have done at a later date. You see once we'd spent 15 minutes doing that we were told the castle was shutting at 4pm for a private wedding. No advance warning at the car park and nothing on the website so very disappointing to find out once we'd walked through the gates that we only had 45 minutes to rush around. It was clear that the wedding would take place in the castle itself as we had to dodge people setting up and vacuuming as we explored and cars were pulling into the grounds with wedding guests. It felt very much like we were invading a special day for the couple and couldn't relax and spend the few hours we'd planned walking the grounds. We did a quick tour of the barracks, side-stepped more wedding guests and made an exit. Had we known in advance time would be so limited and the attraction was being set up for a wedding later that day we'd have given it a miss and spent our money elsewhere. Surely it's not rocket science to put up a temporary sign at the castle car park giving notice that a private event was about to take place?!?

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