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“What a Setting”
Review of Cromwell's Castle

Cromwell's Castle
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Tresco
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Visit the Castle every year as we walk around Tresco. The views from up on top are some of the best on the island and well worth the effort getting round to the northern end.

Thank Duggie M
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Abbey Gardens are the ''must see'' experience on Tresco, but this makes a beautiful alternative if you have a second day to spend on the Island - and costs nothing except some effort!

Simply turn left when you get off the boat at New Grimsby, and take the coast path behind the (awful) toilet block. It is quite narrow through bracken, and has one bit that is a bit of a scramble down (you couldn't take a baby buggy on it), but it is a beautiful coastal walk to the castle ruins. Again, you need to have good knees and balance to climb some of the steps in the ruin - there is a steep, dark spiral staircase inside.

Afterwards, climb the slope to King Charles' Castle above - a lovely place to eat a packed lunch, with stunning views on a clear day.

Then continue across the heather towards Round Island with its light house, and go down the path to the coast on the other side of the headland, turn right, and simply follow the path to Old Grimsby, where there is another ruin (The Blockhouse).

You can then take the short road back to New Grimsby, if that is where your boat is picking you up (about a three mile round walk), or continue on the coast past the Abbey to Carn Near to the low tide pick-up point (about another mile and a half).

This is one of those walks that active children will adore - plenty of ruins to play in and pretend they are soldiers!

No facilities anywhere except New Grimsby, Old Grimsby and Tresco Abbey.

Lovely views on a clear day

2  Thank Wendy E
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is worth the trek through the bracken from the Quay, with views up and down the sound between Bryher and Tresco. But it's a fairly basic gun emplacement-type of fort , rather than somewhere with Rapunzel letting down her hair.

Thank Neil H
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Definitely worth a short walk if on Tresco island. The display plaque offers some information and a brief walk to the top offers a sense of history and a nice view of the quay.

Thank aelliott21921
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We visited here on our trip to Tresco. We had not seen anything about this ruin but stumbled across it on our coastal walk. The ruins are full of history and you get a real feeling of the past and the soldiers that would have been on duty here. It was a very hard life for them. Great place to spend sometime thinking about our historical past.

Thank Parpot
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