Rainy Days at Pendennis Castle

Fortress Falmouth exhibition

Fortress Falmouth exhibition

Discover the role of Pendennis and Fortress Falmouth during the First World War in the exhibition which traces the personal stories of soldiers during training at the castle. Showing letters and personal effects from the soldiers based here as well as displays of memorabilia and weaponry from the period, it offers a stirring insight into life at this time.
Gun Deck at Pendennis Castle

The Castle Keep

Built by Henry VIII as part of the coastal defence chain of forts to protect against attack from France and Spain, this Tudor keep is perfect to explore on a rainy day.

Climb the stone spiral staircase to the top of the castle to enjoy 360 degree views out to sea, over Falmouth town and across to St Mawes Castle. As you climb, discover rooms including the Governor's bedroom, the former kitchen and the recreated gun deck which gives a real sense of the noise, smells and sights of battle.
Battery Observation Point

Take a Tour

Take the guided tour to see parts of the site not normally open to visitors and experience a war time raid underground at Half Moon Battery as well as explore the Victorian War Shelter where the gunners slept and ate while they worked. You can also see the stunning views at the main coastal lookout point of the Second World War at the Battery Observation Point.


Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre

Explore the role of Pendennis in the coastal defence of the area with the range of interactive displays and activities in the Discovery Centre. Try out morse code, plan a coastal attack and learn about the mechanics of loading weapons - perfect for children to keep them amused as they play together.

Tea Time Treats

Cosy up in the tea room with it's stunning views out to sea and enjoy a warming bowl of home made soup or tasty stew with local bread. Daily specials include homity pie made to a WWII recipe - perfect for those blustery days! There are plenty of delicious cakes to choose from including gluten and dairy free as well as a large array of hot drinks made to order - it's not just the children who love the marshmallow, chocolate sprinkle and whipped cream topping on the hot chocolate!

Between the showers, you can enjoy the sea views from the sheltered courtyard seating area where dogs on leads are also welcome to join their owners.

Wine bottles


Choose from a large selection of gifts including tapestries, jewellery, chutney, jam and liqueurs as well as local fudge, biscuits, beers and ciders. Children will love the dressing up sets, aircraft kits, toys and games - great for budding knights, pirates and princesses. There are also books for everyone as well as kids sticker packs and pocket treats.
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