Restormel Castle

Restormel Castle Restormel Castle Restormel Castle

The great 13th century circular shell-keep of Restormel still encloses the principal rooms of the castle in remarkably good condition. It stands on an earlier Norman mound surrounded by a deep dry ditch, atop a high spur beside the River Fowey. Twice visited by the Black Prince, it finally saw action during the Civil War in 1644. It commands fantastic views and is a favourite picnic spot.

When you visit, keep an eye out for 'Tetraphasis Obscurus', the 'Black Pheasant' that you can spot in the castle grounds and nearby woodland. This is a haven for wildlife and birds with beautiful spring flowers and plants all year round. It is a great place for a picnic where you can relax and enjoy the stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside including the River Fowey.

During the summer there are outdoor theatre performances which are a great way to spend a sunny evening as you are entertained in the lovely grounds with the castle ruins as the backdrop.

Don't Miss

  • The bluebells, rhododendrons and daffodils in the spring
  • The panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, where over 200 deer used to roam
  • The view of the remains of the rooms from the top of the castle walls
  • The walks around the bank which surrounds the castle remains




Prices and opening times


Nr Restormel Road, Lostwithiel, Cornwall - PL22 0EE (Directions)


For just £39 a year, English Heritage members get free entry to our properties and exclusive discounts.


Already a Member? Keep up to date with news, offers and exclusive events by signing up now.