Pendennis Castle

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For a great value day out in Cornwall, take a trip to Pendennis Castle, Falmouth. This is one of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. The castle has seen action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War. Visitors can transport themselves back to Tudor times and right through the First and Second World Wars in a packed day out.

Launched this July, Fortress Falmouth and the First World War is a brand new exhibition which focuses on the role of Pendennis and the wider area of Falmouth during the war with letters, photos, reports and artefacts from the period.

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. A rare First World War three inch anti-aircraft gun of twenty hundred weight will also be used to mark significant dates in the centenary year. The team at Pendennis Castle have been specially trained to fire the guns and will give an introductory talk before firing each day throughout the summer.

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 can also be hired for conferences, events and meetings as well as providing a unique setting for a wedding or civil ceremony. Make more of your visit with a stay in one of the stylish self catering cottages where you can be king and queen of the castle when all the visitors have gone home.

Don't Miss

  • The new Fortress Falmouth and the First World War exhibition  
  • A fantastic events programme ranging from pirate invasions to grand medieval jousts and fighting knights
  • The recently redecorated Guard House with cells
  • The tempting range of home-made cakes, sandwiches and local ice creams



Events At Pendennis Castle

  • Pirates Ahoy!

    Mon 30 Mar - Fri 03 Apr 2015

    Dust off your cutlass, get set for fearsome tales of dastardly deeds and discover Pendennis’ pirating past as you join us for fun and games around the castle. You'd better be good or you might end up walking the plank!

  • Tudor Castle Capers

    Mon 06 - Fri 10 Apr 2015

    Step back in time over 400 years and imagine life in Henry VIII’s mighty coastal fortress. See if you have what it takes to defend the castle in have-a-go battle drills and be spellbound by stories of days gone by. A hands-on day out for the whole family.

  • Clash of Knights

    Wed 27 - Thu 28 May 2015

    Chain-mailed and adrenalin-fuelled, four teams of highly skilled knights meet head on with clubs and shields. Tensions will rise, alliances will be made and broken but only one team will triumph. Let battle commence!

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Castle Close, Falmouth, Cornwall - TR11 4LP (Directions)


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