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.
Nadelik, A Cornish Christmas
Sat 6 & Sun 7 Dec 2014
Celebrate Christmas the Cornish way with fireside tales, music and dancing.
Pirates and Smugglers
Mon 16 - Fri 20 Feb 2015
Fearsome tales of dastardley deeds and seafaring shenanigans.
Prices and opening times
Castle Close, Falmouth, Cornwall - TR11 4LP
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