Restormel Castle

Things To See and Do

The wall walk

One of the castle's highlights is the wall walk around the inside of the inner ward. Climb up the stone staircase from the courtyard and you will be rewarded with stunning countryside views. Built to protect against attackers, the castle walls now offer tranquil views across the Fowey valley - and the chance to imagine castle life bustling below you centuries ago.

Flowers and Wildlife

The castle and grounds are a peaceful and beautiful place to enjoy a stroll. Take in the stunning views and maybe a picnic looking out over what was originally a large deer park. In spring, primroses and daffodils cover the mound, rhododendrons flower in summer and the surrounding woodland is home to the 'Black Pheasant' - see if you can spot him in autumn. The grounds are also a great place for children to let off steam.

A Royal Castle

Edward of Woodstock, or the Black Prince was given the newly created title of Duke of Cornwall in 1337 along with a large estate which included the castle and manor of Restormel, parkland and town of Lostwithiel. He visited the castle twice, once in summer 1354 and then over Christmas in 1362.

As you explore the remains of the once grand rooms of the castle you can get a sense of the grandeur it had from the large fireplaces, high windows and Great Hall which was used for gatherings.

Restormel Walking Trail

Download our free walking trail before your visit and meander through the beautiful Fowey valley. Lasting approximately 45 minutes, the trail links Restormel Castle with the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery.

With an award winning cafe, stylish shop and a wide selection of garden plants and trees, the nursery is a great departure point for the walk as well as a welcome destination after you've explored the castle.

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