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“What a find” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Mawes Castle

St. Mawes Castle
St Mawes, England
01326-270526
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in St Mawes
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Owner description: This round stone artillery fortress was built for Henry the Eighth in 1542, using a cloverleaf plan with a four-storied round tower.
Southampton, United Kingdom
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“What a find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

The small castle that opens up with a fantastic audio tour, friendly staff, amazing views and a slice of history that comes alive with a small bit of imagination. You will need to allow at least an hour and a half if you walk at speed but to soak up the atmosphere you will need much more time. The caste is by no means small and was a great treat to visit. Excellent.

Visited April 2013
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Devon, England
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“A great time of year to visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

OK, it was cold at this time of year, but we had the whole castle almost to ourselves! Great views and a very interesting audio commentary giving lots of facts.

Visited February 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Extraordinarily well preserved”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Unfortunately we were only able to view the Castle from outside as we visited in February and the attraction doesn't open to the public until April. However the grounds are beautiful and the building is clearly in excellent condition and you can look across the bay to its 'twin' Pendennis Castle. The day we visited it was very windy and the seas rough, giving a real feel for what it must have been like to try and make a run down the River past these two imposing buildings. Take a warm jumper though!

Visited February 2013
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Creswick, Australia
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“Atmospheric and beautifully preserved”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

This historic castle, built by, or rather for, Henry VIII, is remarkable. It is beautifully preserved, and the audio tour was really well put together. We were virtually on our own in the castle and so it was very atmospheric on a stormy day. The staff were delightful and very helpful.

Visited December 2012
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“This castle is really well preserved”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Stopped off here on a River Fel day cruise. An English Heritage site and worth visiting. Apart from the structure itself, which is very impressive, the panoramic views are spectacular. The battlement area can really challenge your imagination and you soon realize the importance of the location at the mouth of the Fel. Take your time and wander around, a nice small gift shop and a staff which is helpful, but not pushy. Fairly steep road up to the castle but very manageable.

Visited October 2012
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