Pendennis Castle

Explore Pendennis Castle, Falmouth - a mighty fortress built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion.

Set on a headland with breathtaking views out to sea, this picturesque castle has defended Cornwall since Tudor times and played a vital role during the two World Wars.

Today, you can experience the sights and sounds of battle and climb to the top of the keep to scan the horizon for enemies, as you're transported back to wartime Cornwall.

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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?

    You don’t need to book your ticket in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit.

    If you are a Member and wish to book, your ticket is still free.

    Your booking is for the site/event only and does not guarantee a car parking space, which may carry an additional charge.

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  • Keeping you Safe

    Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe. We’re continuing with enhanced cleaning and you’ll find hand sanitiser stations on site. Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you to do the same. You can also help us keep you and other visitors safe by not visiting if you have symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.

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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.

FIND OUT MORE

Guidebook: Pendennis and St Mawes

Price: £4.50

 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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