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.
Waiting for Godot - Miracle Theatre Company
Thu 29 & Fri 30 Aug 2013
Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre’s productions are one of the highlights of the summer! Their witty and inventive performances take place against the extraordinary backdrops of our unique landscape.
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Nr Restormel Road, Lostwithiel, Cornwall - PL22 0EE
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