Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

Originally built by Henry VIII to guard Falmouth against French and Spanish invaders, Pendennis Castle has played an important part in Cornish history right through to the First and Second World Wars. Standing impressively on a headland guarding the entrance to Falmouth, it’s a fabulous spot to enjoy sweeping views of Falmouth and the harbour and children will love exploring the castle keep.


These days, the castle is run by English Heritage and is open every day. From Easter through to the end of October there’s an extra special surprise when the noon-day gun is fired – cover your ears!

Once inside, there’s a free guided tour where you’ll learn the complex history of Pendennis, or just investigate for yourself from the deepest rooms to the highest gun tower. Little ones can learn all about life during the wars and have a go at manning an observation post or try out Morse code, whilst there’s also an exhibition of the lives of soldiers and civilians during the First World War in the very barrack room described in one soldiers’ letter on display. It’s a fascinating and moving exhibition brought to life through personal belongings, letters and memorabilia.

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Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4LP (1 mile SE of Falmouth) | 01326 316 594 |

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