You will need to book your tickets in advance to visit Pendennis Castle. For up-to-date opening times and booking information, please visit the Pendennis Castle webpage here.
Stir up your sense of adventure at Pendennis Castle, a coastal fortress with unmissable views over Falmouth. Travel back to wartime Cornwall, climb to the top of the castle keep, and enjoy acres of green space at this historic gem.
Situated on a headland overlooking the bustling town of Falmouth, Pendennis is one of Henry VIII's finest seaside castles. And despite its peaceful setting, it has a rich and poignant history. The castle has defended Cornwall since Tudor times and played a vital role protecting the coast during the two World Wars.
The iconic Tudor keep is the perfect backdrop to a spot of lunch, set against the open sea. Grab a takeaway treat from the castle café, which serves up a delicious selection of food as fabulous as the views. Regulars on the menu include Cornish pasties, freshly made sandwiches and ploughmans' lunches – full of seasonal Cornish ingredients. You can picnic on the grassy spaces around the castle while the kids let off some steam.
Popular with families, the castle keep is a great place to explore and let imaginations run wild. Winding stone staircases, atmospheric gun rooms and turrets make it all too easy to imagine you’re back in the 16th century. Climb to the top of the keep and take a moment to enjoy 360-degree panoramas across Falmouth, breathing in fresh, sea air. It’s a favourite with visitors and you can often spot a range of wildlife, birds and coastal creatures whilst soaking up the views.
- Delicious treats from the cafe
- Breathtaking views over Falmouth
- Family-friendly events
- A display of historic guns
- The chance to get married at the castle! Find out more.
We’ve introduced new measures for everyone’s safety. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring where history happened. Find out more. www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis