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You can fully explore each level of the castle. There are great views of falmouth from the top of... read more

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Tucked away opposite Falmouth visited on the way over. Gave a really good insight of the way in... read more

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All reviews audio tour english heritage well worth a visit henry viii mawes castle entry fee great place to visit free audio own pace enjoyable visit carrick roads amazing views car park few hours sunny day couple of hours king harry ferry
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You can fully explore each level of the castle. There are great views of falmouth from the top of the castle. There is also plenty to look at in and around the castle grounds.

Dog friendly and would highly recommend for a couple of hours of exploring and taking in the views.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked away opposite Falmouth visited on the way over. Gave a really good insight of the way in which this fort and its sister at Pendennis protected the area. Very well preserved fort on 3 levels dropping down to the sea.

Thank Angela R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lucky to have English Heritage membership but still worth entry fee, stunning location and views towards Falmouth and St Anthony’s Head. Great history lesson for teenagers studying history

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting castle, built by Henry V111 so full of history and plenty of information within. We took the ferry from Falmouth, but you can drive and park in the castle car park. Also the portable toilets are the best we have ever used.

Thank Tina S
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Out of the two castles overlooking Falmouth bay I preferred St Mawes to Pendennis, There seemed more to it. The views hadn't been obscured as much by trees. The grounds were well kept and the views magnificent. There are lots of spiral staircases but the handrails are secure if like me you are a bit unsteady and need to use them. The toilets were under refurbishment so there were temporary ones in the carpark but they were clean. Would definitely recommend that you visit if in the area.

Thank Helen C
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Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

A lovely well kept castle that stands out on the peninsula of St mawes overlooking the bay of falmouth with stunning views, the castle itself is bigger than it looks and is very much intact and clean and tidy, a brilliant way to spend time

Thank johnlloyd71
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

The location is superb, just the views across the estuary make it worth the visit.
The castle is in very good condition and is interesting to explore up steep winding steps.and the artillery is well worth a look.
The grounds are quite extensive and reveal a smaller fort down by the rocks.
Don't be put off by the small car park at the top. If this is full there is additional parking at the bottom of the hill.

1  Thank ilderv0
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

We decided to visit St Mawes castle after visiting pendennis castle. Where pendennis is sprawling and lots of buildings evolved over the years St Mawes is like the beautiful sister. Compact but loads to discover if you dont mind small winding stone steps to get up and down the floors of the castle.
When outside we got a real feel for how it would have been for enemy ships trying to get in land with all the guns aimed straight out to sea. It was really interesting how king Henry VIII crest was so intimidating.
So fantastic to have the chance to feel how it was back in those days. Great audios give the feel of what life was like.
There is the obligatory gift shop, but dont expect too much in the way of refreshment and at the moment the loos are in the car park as the main conveniences need repair.
All in all a great couple of hours and a surprise trip on a ferry to get there. When the short route says... King Harrys Ferry that is exactly what it is!

1  Thank 840mandyr
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Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

First - be aware, the car park is very small and easily missed!! As you approach Castle the car park is on right hand side on sharp bend. Very historic. Guide book covers St Mawes and Pendennis, which is across the estuary. Lovely little walk outside the walls of castle. No Cafe.

1  Thank jakkij2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

A beautiful way to spend a few hours as you wander around this beautiful historic attraction. When we visited it was a beautiful sunny day, perfect.

1  Thank robert b
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