Pendennis Castle - English Heritage

Castle Drive
TR11 4LP

01326 316594

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Special Offers


  • Toilets
  • Tearoom
  • Hands On Discovery Centre
  • Recreated Guardhouse and War Shelters
  • Small Museum & Exhibitions
  • Shop
  • Special events throughout the year
  • Dogs welcome on leads
  • Parking - (plus disabled within the castle)
  • Licensed for Civil Weddings


Limited disabled access to the keep and parts of the grounds.

Prices & Opening Times:

until 31 Mar 2012

Adult £ 6.30 / Concession £5 .70 / Child (U5s free) £3.80 / Family (2+3) £16.40

Open: Sat & Sun (excl 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan) 10am - 4pm

From 1 Apr 2012 until 31 Oct 2012

Adult £ 6.50 / Concession £5.90 / Child (U5s free) £3.90 / Family (2+3) £16.90


Apr - June, daily, 10am - 5pm (4pm Sat).

Jul - Aug, daily, 10am - 6pm (4pm Sat).

Sept, daily, 10am - 5pm (4pm Sat).

Oct, daily 10am - 4 pm

From 1 Nov 2012 until Mid Mar 2013 (summer season restarts on Good Friday)

Adult £ 6.50 / Concession £5.90 / Child (U5s free) £3.90 / Family (2+3) £16.90

Open: Sat & Sun (excl 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan) 10am - 4pm

  • Castle - renovated
  • Free Car Park
  • Refreshment Area
  • Shop


Pendennis Castle – Cornwall’s Greatest Fortress

Developments at the castle have revealed the full history of this superb fortress. 450 years of history can now be traced from its origins as one of Henry VIII coastal strongholds to its last military role as a secret Second World War base. A Discovery Centre packed with hands-on activities allows visitors of all ages to really get to grips with history. There is visitor access to the restored underground Victorian and WWII defences complete with sounds and smells! The everyday life of the garrison at Pendennis is brought to life in the War Shelter, whilst the drama of Pendennis at War is also recreated. The turn of the 20th century Barrack Block is has undergone renovations to provide a new interactive exhibition and enhance the visitor facilities.

During the Second World War Pendennis was the Command Centre for Cornwall, protecting not only the Cornish coast and the important port of Falmouth but the western approaches to Britain. Visit the underground magazines during an air raid, whilst in the recreated Battery Observation Post you can experience what happens as the alert sounds warning of an impending enemy attack.

Besides this there is the 16th Century keep to explore with its lofty battlements and mighty Tudor gun-deck with the sights and sounds of battle. There is also the First World War Guardhouse, complete with cells. Or, there are just the best views in Falmouth to enjoy with water surrounding the castle on three sides; the setting of Pendennis is truly superb. It is the ideal venue for a great day out for all the family and now with so much more to explore undercover, can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Round of your trip with a cream tea in the tearoom.

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