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“What a gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of St. Mawes Castle

St. Mawes Castle
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in St Mawes
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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. Take the free audio tour to discover life at the castle during the Civil War and explore the castle and grounds with its stunning views out to sea. Child friendly and dog friendly.
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“What a gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2008

Have been to St Mawes Castle many times. Great for the kids.They can explore the castle. It is much bigger than it looks from the outside. Great audio tour all and all part of the price.

We enjoyed the castle so much when we first visited and joined English Heritage as members, so now it does not cost anything when we now visit the castle which is at least once a year.
Highly recommended if you are down that way.

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“A well-preserved part of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2008

I agree with all the the prior reviewer said. It's very picturesque sitting on the hill overlooking one side of Falmouth Bay. Imagine a three-point defense: St. Mawes on one side, Pendennis Castle across the bay, and St. Anthony's Lighthouse as the third leg overlooking the bay. You can see St. Anthony's.

Carefully tended by English Heritage, you're given an audio guide that directs you to the next area, then as you reach it gives you historic details. For being 400 years old, the castle is in relatively good condition. Interestingly, it is very bare-bones inside. And you wonder if that wasn't the way it was really; the audio describes how the room was used. Kids and those more agile could climb the spiral stairs up and down to explore from down to the kitchens and gun turrets (which look across the bay] up to the look-out. Most of this knowledge comes from the audio as I didn't feel able to make the climb. Also, you can to look into the windows from the garden area.

The view is spectacular. I stayed in Falmouth that week so took the ferry from Prince of Wales pier over to the town of St. Mawes. A good ride that would have been better in better weather. Be sure to check the schedule at the P of W pier. I almost missed it. The views of the bay from the water are Wonderful.

The town/village of St. Mawes is charming and old. But VERY hilly and you will be walking UP to the castle - not an easy climb. But much of Cornwall IS hilly. There is a car park further down the road past the quay. The road to the castle overlooks the water. There were some cars on the road, but don't know if they lived there or were tourists. So you could be driven to the top. The roads - lanes really - in Cornwall, indeed all of the UK, are not made for today. Thank heavens; it would RUIN the history of the country which is what I love about the UK.

We drove out towards St. Just in Roseland. St. Mawes is at the end of the peninsula. There are several gardens and other sights to visit there. Also, there are a number of sights up toward St. Austell or back toward Falmouth and beyond. You'll always find something to do and see in Cornwall.

It was worth the experience; I want to take the ferry again in better weather. Maybe both ways.

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“the best castle in cornwall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2005

St mawes castle is in a fantastic condition on the waters edge. They have a great audio tour that takes you back to the time of the spanish amarda.
Great place for a picnic in the grounds. Great for kids. Well worth a visit
Managed by English Heritage. We are members so it does not cost us anything to go when we are the area.

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