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Pendennis Castle

Age group: 5+

Location: SOUTH Cornwall


Contact: Falmouth, TR11 4LP

TEL: 01326 316594


Originally constructed between 1540 and 1545, Pendennis in Falmouth, and its sister, St Mawes Castle, (also an English Heritage property), form the Cornish end of the chain of coastal artillery fortresses built by Henry VIII to counter any threat from France and Spain.


Pendennis Castle is one of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. The castle has seen much action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War.


You can witness a Tudor gun deck in action here and see how the Guardhouse was equipped during the First World War. This award-winning visitor attraction in the south west also boasts an exciting interactive exhibition where you can experience the sights and sounds of battle and relive an enemy attack on a Second World War observation post. Each day (except on event days), the noon day gun is fired using one of four working guns out of the 37 in total on display at the castle. The guns being used are a World War Two 25 pounder, an American built 1943 Howitzer and an 18th century 18 pounder Blomefield.


Once you have explored the many displays and exhibits, take some time to enjoy the extensive grounds and the spectacular sea views. Or you can relax in the tearoom or outside in the courtyard and enjoy one of the famous homity pies, made to a genuine Second World War recipe, or a traditional cream tea.


Pendennis Castle is now also the home of a collection of wartime cartoons by George Butterworth. The acclaimed cartoons lampooned both Hitler and Mussolini (enraging the Nazi leader so much that the cartoonist was actually put on his 'hit-list' me ansum's!).

Falmouth 1.5 miles, King Harry Ferry 11 miles, Helston 15 miles