Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth: Hours, Address, Pendennis Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Pendennis Castle
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Explore one of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses, Pendennis Castle, which has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Discover how the castle has evolved, and experience the sights and sounds of battle. Explore the fascinating new exhibition which examines the role of the castle as part of Fortress Falmouth during the First World War.
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Very good

Mike K
Plymouth, UK141 contributions
May 2021
We visited Pendennis castle during a recent trip to Cornwall.

Unfortunately on the day we visited it was very poor weather (blowing a hoolie as us Westcountry folk would say!) so didn't really get to enjoy the grounds so much but still spent a good couple of hours looking around.

If you're into guided tours then the chap that was leading was very knowledgeable about the castle and surrounding area, but you are allowed to wander around unaccompanied as well if you like. Obviously with COVID restrictions still in place certain areas are closed off but still plenty to see.

The exhibit in the barracks about Falmouth and Cornwall throughout the wars is well presented and sympathetic, you can feel the history running through the structure of the buildings!

Gift shop has the usual expensive tat and Cafe a little over-priced (£5.00 for a pasty!) but that's pretty standard across these EH and NT sites.

At present you still need to book ahead and be greeted at the main gate. Site is run by English Heritage but they have an agreement with National Trust and you can book free tickets with your NT membership number via the EH website. Otherwise it's about £10 each to get in - you can also get an essential companion ticket for free if you have a disability (visible or hidden)

All in all a good day and will return for more of an explore with the kids once the weather improves :-)
Written June 4, 2021
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David K
Worthing, UK1,497 contributions
Sep 2021
It took me 25 mins to walk to Pendennis Castle from the town center of Falmouth, With good signs along the way pointing the way to get there.
£13:50 per adult (Sept 2021 prices) to get in , English Heritdge own the castle, So you could get in for free if you sign up for their yearly subscription.
A Defence Castle built in the Henry Vlll era , This beautiful castle still has a lot of it`s structure in tact. And it still has a few WW2 Guns dotted around the area. One of the Guns is fired daily in the summer season.
I went inside and looked around and up to the top, The steps were narrow so be careful, Then a tour guide was about to take place so i joined in , The lady guide was so knowledgeable, Telling us , Room by room who stayed and who fought here. The rooms themselves were well kept , And each room had a story to tell. The tour ended after 30 mins And with that i strolled down to the WWll Guard Room , Half Moon Battery where the 6 inch Guns are in situe , it means that a shell that was loaded was 6 inchs in diameter. Also saw the where they kept the shells and ammunition in the Armoury Store .
And as i made my way further i saw the Field Train Shed, Horse Pool Bastion(Gun Firing Site and the East Bastion (Gun firing Site) Also look out for a room that has approx 5 Guns dating back from the Tudors to WWll .
After that i made my way into the Officers Quarters (Royal Artillery Barracks) and saw how the Officers were looked after, their accommodation, Equipment they used.
There is a cafe on site & toilets , All the staff were great and so nice and friendly.
Breathtaking views of Falmouth and the sea and countryside.
Well worth a visit even just for the views.
Written September 23, 2021
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4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
My partner and I have recently moved to Falmouth, and decided to check out Pendennis today after a lovely walk from town. We were warmly greeted on arrival by George, who was informative, friendly and helpful. The castle grounds are spectacular, and very well maintained, the panoramic views are hard to beat. We joined a tour of the small castle, the tour guide was a lovely young man who was interesting and informative, we enjoyed learning about the history of the place.
The staff in the cafe were also chatty and friendly, and in fact every member of staff greeted us with smiles and seemed to genuinely enjoy their work, which was lovely to see.

All in all, we were very impressed with our time at Pendennis, and would thoroughly recommend to anyone who enjoys history and nature. Thank you to all the lovely staff, we will be back, and are keen to discover more of what the English Heritage membership has to offer.
Written September 6, 2021
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Rugby, United Kingdom50 contributions
Sep 2020
Firstly I appreciate these are difficult times, and having been a tour guide can appreciate the difficulties, and I feel for the staff, who given the right tools could probably do a good job

The first impression on arrival was very poor, with whole emphasis on getting you to join English heritage,even before we entered the grounds, that's not good enough, first show your client a good time THEN try and sell them the package.

The information given inside was scant, lack of signage, incoherent, communication was woeful

The Edwardian part of the castle was taken over by a shop and a cafe, so no chance to learn about this period of the history, a missed opportunity

The Tudor part is subject of covid restrictions, I fully understand that, and small parties are taken in, I understand that also, however there is no indication whilst in the que of how long the wait will be, which

would have been useful as this is probably the main attraction. I say probably because I never got t o see it, I waited but gave up!I

Why not boards at intervals indicating the wait times from that point?

I felt the whole emphasis was on getting your money

This is the second time I have had reason to question the historical knowledge of English Heritage, I find them very poor on historical information, especially if it involves their property especially in lesser exciting years of the places history

I will try and avoid their properties, perhaps they should be taken awAy from them and given to someone with a more professional approach
Written September 30, 2020
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cornwall, uk18 contributions
Oct 2020
I visited Pendennis castle in Falmouth on 31st October with my family. Booking in the name of Fox and Trestrail. The day was advertised as a spooky spectacular. As i wanted to avoid the trick and treat due to COVID i booked for the spooky spectacular thinking it would be a great way to do something spooky for halloween.
I was very disappointed with the visit. Apart from 2 men doing some sort of horrible history on the lawn there were NO HALLOWEEN things at all. The castle was not decorated, no pumpkins in sight, no spooky lights, staff not dressed up, there was nothing. I feel mislead by the advertising of a spooky spectacular it was far from it. Paying about £30 for 3 adult non members to attend in addition to children we came away disappointed. Not a spooky spectacular at all-the only thing spooky was the lack of Halloween decorations. It is fine if the castle does not want to do a Halloween event but don't advertise one if your not doing it. we should be refunded for being mislead
Written November 3, 2020
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Weymouth, UK3,335 contributions
Sep 2021
CLIMBING and clambering, descending and stumbling was all part and parcel of a visit to this castle.
Built by Henry VIII, its partner in defence is St Mawes Castle across the estuary which we had visited earlier by ferry.
So when we came to Pendennis we had some idea of what to expect although St Mawes is smaller.
Pendennis can be reached by a "scenic" route which takes you on a walk overlooking the docks below, but disabled people can use a rear road overlooking beaches to drive right up to the back of the castle, an access some able bodied people might also like to try as it is a fair walk from the town centre.
Entry is up a cobbled driveway where visitors get their tickets from an office before going on to explore the site which is split into two, one half military buildings, displays and exhibitions and the other the castle and its outbuildings.
We tackled the buildings near the entry first and saw everything from wartime examples of a cartoonist to barrack rooms, punishment cells, a cafe and a good shop with quality gifts.
When we moved over to the castle we found it brooding over the sea approaches, its giant walls sunk in the earth and concealing cannons, living quarters, ranging equipment and spectacular views from the ramparts over the estuary.
Outbuildings display a range of guns and it is possible to walk round the entire sweep of the site on close cut springy grass, the whole site being well kept.
By the time we finished we were pretty tired as there is a lot of muscle stretching and twisting negotiating stone stairwells and generally exploring the site.
Entry cost £13.50, the toilets were clean and there were Covid precautions and sanitisers to use at the entry.
This is a lovely attraction to enjoy on a blue sky sunny day which we were lucky enough to have. Definitely worth a visit.
Written September 12, 2021
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St Austell, UK1 contribution
Oct 2020 • Family
Quite pointless at the moment , most of it was shut . Booked the castle but couldn’t get in as limited to 10 people at a time and just ended up standing outside for about half an hour before the kids gave up. Cafe was very pricey so ended up leaving. Staff were great though.
I think customers should be pre-warned about the limitations
Written October 3, 2020
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Plymouth, UK1,307 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We booked in to visit here on a wet Monday afternoon. Due to Covid not everything is open but the grounds are still worth a walk around and the views are amazing. If you go make sure you book the half moon battery tour as this is very fascinating and the guide was well informed and made it fun.

Unfortunately as it was wet we were not allowed on the roof of the castle due to safety reasons but this did not stop us enjoying our time here.
We recommend the moat walk too as this gives a view of the castle from all angles, its also worth a walk down to see Little Dennis.
Written November 8, 2020
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Kings Langley, UK33 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We have been English Heritage members for 10 years and have visited the castle before. Despite the wet weather we still had a great visit which was made very safe by the staff at English Heritage. Make sure you book in advance to secure a time slot. We had a guided tour around the castle as this is the safest way to visit to keep to social distance guidelines. This was in groups of 10 and we all sanitised our hands before we entered and again afterwards. The tour takes about 20 mins and is included and no extra cost. The guide was informative and interesting. We were even allowed to bring in our small well behaved dog too. The views over to St.Mawes, Falmouth and Swanpool are beautiful, even on a cloudy, rainy day.
Written July 23, 2020
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London, UK4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Brilliant trip, off season so had the castle pretty much to ourselves. The guy at the entrance was fabulous, convinced us of the benefits of English Heritage membership and was just a delight to chat to.

A tour of the half moon battery by ‘Gunner Tim’ was the icing on the cake, really informative and perfectly pitched for us adults and the kids.

All in all, the people working and volunteering there are clearly passionate and knowledgeable about the place and it shows. Excellent day out.
Written February 3, 2022
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