Pendennis Castle

The Tudor Keep | Castle built by Henry VIII Explore the recreated Tudor gun room Great days out Ready to fire! | Plan your visit

For Sun 31 Aug only, free entry will be given to visitors who come dressed as pirates. This offer is part of the celebration of the Parade of Sail for the Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta.


During the last week of August, Falmouth will host the Tall Ships Regatta and the town and area around the castle will be very busy. Parking will be available at the castle as normal (except on Sun 31 August) but will be on a first come, first served basis.

On Sunday 31 August, parking will be severely limited and available only to English Heritage members at Pendennis Castle. The road leading to the site will be closed to the public from 6pm on Saturday 30 August to 7pm on Sunday 31 August, but members will be allowed through to the castle car park on production of their membership card. However, please note that parking is only available on a first come, first served basis and will fill quickly. We advise anyone planning to visit the castle to watch the Parade of Sail and start of the Tall Ships Race on Sunday 31 August, to visit to help plan their visit to Pendennis Castle and use public transport or the Park and Ride service for the best experience.

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

  • Ghosts and Ghouls Challenge for Kids

    Mon 27 - Fri 31 Oct 2014

    Let your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween with creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore!

  • Spooky Tours

    Thu 30 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014

    Especially for Halloween, join our eerie evening tour around Pendennis Castle. Hear tales of dark deeds, ghostly apparitions and scary happenings. Adult and childrens' tours.

  • Spooky Tours

    Thu 30 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014

    Especially for Halloween, join our eerie evening tour around Pendennis Castle. Hear tales of dark deeds, ghostly apparitions and scary happenings. Adult and childrens' tours.

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


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