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Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

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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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  • Visited Pendennis Castle again after some time & found it to be as interesting & informative as on previous visits. The staff were friendly, the views are outstanding & well behaved dogs are welcome. ...  more »
  • We went for day to castle for day it’s great if you have children because not a lot of thing to buy . Kids luv to climb everywhere and all the views lovely day . Would go again .  more »
  • There isn’t a great deal to see here, but the views were amazing! We happened to visit the castle on a sunny day, and the view of the sea and the surrounds was spectacular. We ventured around the grou...  more »
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  • The keep is well maintained. There is a good cafe and activities during the holidays. Well worth the money to get in and the grounds are large enough to pic nic.
  • The castle and museum was overall impressive but the treatment by the staff was not. It wasn't made clear by any signs or the people we asked that we would have to pay to simply sit on a bench but not step into any of the buildings. One of the staff (I was informed went by the name of Jerry) made my family exit the site completely, proceeded to follow them and whilst escorting them out, talks to someone on his walkie talkie about them "dawdling, making their way back very slowly" while they could still hear every word he was saying. My sister was heavily pregnant and therefore obviously had to walk slowly. They would have even considered coming back and paying or I would have paid for them, had it not been for his rude and bad attitude, especially since we had travelled for hours for me to visit the site.
  • We did learn a bit of history and the installations are good. I love the location. The staff was professional too. I wanted to buy few souveniers but I have to mention they were very expensive.
  • So nice to visit the castle again after about 40 years. It has improved considerably as a location to visit and with its stunning location, and so much of the venue wheelchair friendly, it was a memorable morning.
  • Really great day. Lots going on including knights jousting and falconry displays. Children really enjoyed it. Only downfall was cafe could have been bigger or more umbrellas over tables outside as rain showers meant not enough places to sit.
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