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Pendennis Castle dominates a rocky headland high above Falmouth in Cornwall. It is one of a handful of distinctive circular artillery forts built during a period of national emergency in the 1540s.
Explore this castle’s eventful history, from the time of Henry VIII to the Second World War.
Read the full 400-year history of Pendennis Castle, from its Tudor origins, through the Civil War siege, to its role in the First and Second World Wars.
The Tudor period saw the gradual evolution of England’s medieval army into a larger, firearm-wielding force supported by powerful ships and formidable gun forts.
John Glasson Thomas wrote fond letters to a friend, Gertie Brooks, when he was posted to Pendennis Castle during the First World War. Read excerpts for insights into his wartime life.
Pendennis Castle has a large number of historic cannon, some of which can be seen in action on firing days. The cannon all need to be cared for to keep them in tip-top condition and here, metal conservator Tim Martin explains more about how he cleans them to preserve them for the future.
Visit other forts in England's beautiful south west - or even stay in a holiday cottage in the shadow of one of these remarkable structures.
St Mawes Castle, perched across the bay from Pendennis Castle, offers a stunning counterpoint to its larger sibling.
Portland Castle, in Dorset, features concrete D-Day fortifications as well as a 1540s Henrician fort.
This beautiful Cornish castle is free to visit and small but perfectly formed, with a single two storey tower.
Browse our selection of unusual places to stay, including cottages in the grounds of Pendennis and St Mawes Castles.