Pendennis Castle


Help your class explore the history of Pendennis, from Tudor times to today, with one of our many ways to learn.

"Thank you for a stimulating and brilliant workshop and visit. Will come back again!"

KS1 Teacher
on our Now and Then Discovery Visit

Curriculum links

  • KS1-3 History: Local History Study
  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • KS2 History: Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3 History: Development of Church, state and society in Britain 1066-1509 and  1509-1745, ideas, political power, industry and empire in Britain 1745-1901, and challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
  • GCSE History: Study of the historic environment

Free Self-led Visits

One of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion, Pendennis Castle remains one of Cornwall's greatest fortresses. With over 400 years of defending Britain's coasts, and a range of ways to learn on-site, we've got everything you need to help you cover a wide range of cross-curricular topics.

The Cornwall Heritage Trust offer funding for school transport to eligible schools. Find out more and fill out an application form to see if you can cover the costs of transport on your trip to Pendennis.

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Expert-led Discovery Visits

Bring Pendennis Castle to life and let us lead a Discovery Visit for you. Our sessions have been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.



Plan Your Visit

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit our what to expect page.

Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!

  • Facilities
    • PENDENNIS CASTLE: The castle buildings and grounds are open for you to enjoy while keeping to social distancing rules; including the Keep, the gun shed and battery observation post and the Half Moon Battery.
    • PARKING: Car and coach parking is a short 5 minute walk. Disabled visitors can drop off close to the castle entrance.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: The bookable education room is available.
    • TOILETS: Male and female toilets are located at the rear of the shop and on the first floor of the Royal Artillery Barrack Block.
    • LUNCH: There are picnic areas outdoors. Please book the education room for wet weather lunches. Group leaders are welcome to use the café, which will be open for drinks and light refreshments.
    • SHOP: The shop is open selling English Heritage gifts and souvenirs. Please bring your class in small groups at a time.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: Please also note that much of the site has uneven surfaces. Some areas of the castle are accessed via steps and stairs.
  • Learning Resources

    A Teachers' Kit is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the place you are visiting. Featuring historical information, suggestions for activities, and high-quality images, this resource is a comprehensive toolkit for group leaders of various subjects and key stages. Teachers’ Kits also include key site information, facilities and plans.

  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*. From November until March we open exclusively for education groups at selected sites when booking an expert-led Discovery Visit. See our education opening times below for individual site information.

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    • April-June: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • July-August: Monday-Sunday 10-6pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • September-October: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • November: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Tuesday and Thursday
    • 1 December-23 December: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 26 December-1 January: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 2 January-31 January: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 1 February-10 February: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Wednesday-Friday
    • 11 February-19 February: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Wednesday-Friday
    • 20 February-28 February: Wednesday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Wednesday-Friday
    • 1 March-31 March: Wednesday-Sunday 10-4pm
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