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Castle Drive, St Mawes, Nr Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5DE
Spend the day exploring St Mawes Castle, one of the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated.
Part of a chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, St Mawes would have guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads alongside Pendennis Castle.
Wander around its charming clover-leaf shape which was originally surrounded by octagonal defences and notice the embellishment of Latin inscriptions in praise of King Henry VIII and his son Edward VI.
The stunning sea views from the top of the castle keep
The 'oubliette' where prisoners were kept captive
The beautiful grounds which stretch down to the Fal Estuary