Restormel Castle

Things To See and Do

The Bailey and Keep

Walk through the bailey, or base court of the castle to approach the shell keep which stands proud on a natural high point in the middle of a circular ditch and bank. See the small square putlog holes used in the construction of the keep walls and imagine how grand it would have looked, limewashed and visible from a great distance.

Flowers and Wildlife

The castle and grounds are now a peaceful and beautiful place to enjoy a walk, 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.

The Wall Walk

One of the best features of the castle is the wall walk around the inside of the keep - climb up the stone staircase from the courtyard and you will be rewarded with stunning countryside views. Built to protect against attackers, you can almost now enjoy the circular walk around the high keep walls - you can almost imagine castle life bustling below you centuries ago.

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