Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle is currently closed but we hope to reopen on 3 December for pre-booked visits. From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December we will be keeping a selection of our sites open for local visitors and Members. These sites all have large outdoor spaces, and they can be opened in a way that protects the health of all our visitors, staff and volunteers. We have additional safety measures in place at all of our sites including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers. You will need to book in advance in order to visit, and we ask everyone to please bear in mind the government’s latest advice on essential journeys before you plan your visit. To find out which sites are open, how to book tickets and what to expect when you visit click on the links below. If you have a booking for while we are closed you will be automatically refunded within 10 working days.

The castle keep will be open with a one-way system in place. Entrance will be limited to small groups guided by a member of staff.

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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    Booking FAQs

  • What parts of the site are closed?
    • Gun firing - Gun firing will not be happening at the moment.
    • Soft Play - The soft play area will remain closed.
    • Barrack Block Exhibition -  The Barrack Block exhibition will remain closed. 


    The castle keep will be open with a one-way system in place. Entrance will be limited to small groups guided by a member of staff so you may need to wait. Please note, the keep is not suitable for all dogs due to steep steps. 

    The Field Train Shed, Battery Observation Pose, Historic Tunnels and Half Moon Battery will be open as usual with social distancing measures in place and limited groups being allowed to enter at a time. 

  • What changes have you made to your facilities?
    • Cafe - The café will be open for light refreshments with a one-way system in place.
    • Shop - The shop will remain closed. Visit our online shop for souvenirs and gifts. 
    • Toilets - There will be a toilet available on site. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available across the site.
    • Disabled Parking - We encourage passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility to use the drop off point.


    Plan your Visit

  • Keeping you Safe

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

What's On

Hire Pendennis Castle

In this picturesque coastal Tudor castle, hold your event with against the backdrop of views across a shimmering bay with distant ships passing on the horizon.

Inside the 450-year-old keep, the granite walls and warm wooden flooring provide a charismatic setting while outside the circular chemise is perfect for a drinks reception.

The Edwardian Royal Artillery Barrack have been converted into a smart self-contained hospitality suite with three bright event spaces perfect for all events.


Guidebook: Pendennis and St Mawes

Price: £4.00

 Pendennis Timeline

1539Artillery Fort

Henry VIII establishes gun forts on both shores of the Fal estuary, at Pendennis and St Mawes.

Find out more about the history of Pendennis Castle

1578Spanish Threat

Faced with the threat of a Spanish invasion, the fort is fully garrisoned by up to 100 men.

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