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“A little bit of history”
Review of Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle
Ranked #7 of 60 things to do in Falmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 23, 2013

The tours were very informative and interesting. The views are fabulous from the castle. My husband particularly enjoyed all the ww2 guns and information.

Thank Dee O
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"well worth a visit"
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"fantastic views"
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Quite cheap admission fee for such a great attraction which is a combination of castle, tower, observation post, army barracks, artillery post and command centre. Great in good weather but I wouldn't go if wet as there is a fair bit of walking from one building to another. Magnificent all round views so don't forget the camera.
Across the water to the east (about 1 mile) is St Mawes and it's own castle ( a copy of this one) with St Anthony's lighthouse, south is the busy open sea, west is Falmouth Bay with its deep water and three main beaches whilst north is Falmouth docks and the town itself. There are various free guided tours at different times which are well worth attending.
There are about 12 different exhibitions, some with audio, dotted around the grounds and all are interesting. All buildings and grounds are clean and well maintained. Full marks to English Heritage. The staff were cheerful, knowledgeable and friendly..quite a change from some of the National Trust sites. Excellent cafe on site and you can picnic outside on the grassed areas. A very pleasurable experience for all.

Thank Terry R
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

visited last autumn school holidays with my sons . My younger lad did find the spooky effects quite scary in the castle but apart from that he enjoyed this . Interesting for all ages and trails and dressing up for kids. nice restaurant. plenty of space . do take rain wear as weather can change quickly and on the occasions i have visited have got a little damp. Stunning views across the bay and experienced a wonderful double rainbow.

Thank FrankieBI
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Despite the weather this was a really interesting castle to visit. Since Henry VIII's time the fort has been upgraded every time there is a threat by sea so it has a real mixture of time periods to cover. There are amazing views out to sea, even if the mist was rolling in.
The walk from the car park to the castle is quite long and over uneven ground so anyone with walking difficulties should be careful.
Although some of the staff/ volunteers were really friendly this wasn't always the case. The cafe was a welcome respite from the weather though.

Thank Z O
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Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

The car park is a few minutes walk away from the castle (up and down slopes too). There are stunning views from all angles out to sea and when we visited it was quiet and peaceful. Everything here is based around the war (as to be expected from a military fort) so make sure that this interests you. This is a great place for a picnic on a summer's day but if not, there is a great little café. If you're in the area, worth a visit.

Thank kdc001
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