St Catherine's Castle is one of a pair of small artillery forts built by Henry VIII in the 1530s to defend Fowey Harbour. It was modified in the 19th century during the Crimean War and again during the Second World War, when it became home to an anti-aircraft gun and an ammunition store.
Read more about the history of the castle.
Before You Go
Parking: There is a charged car park next to the site managed by Cornwall County Council.
How to Find it: The castle is a 3/4 mile walk from the car park via Ready Money Beach. The first section is a gentle slope down to the beach. From here the walk includes a steep climb through woodland which can become muddy in wet weather.
Access: The castle is only accessible on foot and includes a challenging walk; we therefore recommend sturdy footwear.
Facilities: Public toilets can be found at Ready Money Beach.
Please be aware: Do not climb on the walls..
There are steep unguarded drops within the castle ruins.
English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
St Catherine's Castle is a short distance from the South West Coastal Path and well worth the detour for walkers.
You'll find plenty of shops, facilities and places to eat and drink in the town centre of Fowey, just a 10 minute walk away from Ready Money Cove.
The impressive shell of the great 13th century circular keep of Restormel Castle is a few miles up the River Fowey in a beautiful spot. Explore the ruins, walk through the surrounding woodland and enjoy a picnic in the grounds.
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