Following the latest government recommendations, we have taken the decision to close all our staffed historic sites from the end of Wednesday 18th March until 1st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Some sites may be opened earlier and we will let you know if this is the case. We also need to cancel our public events during this period.
Free-to-enter sites will remain open to visitors. These sites have large open spaces in which visitors can maintain social distancing and they are often located in quieter spots away from crowds.
Situated on a headland with breathtaking views out to sea, Pendennis Castle is one of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses. The castle has defended Cornwall since Tudor times, and played a vital role during the two World Wars.
Today as you explore the picturesque castle, experience life as a Tudor gunner guarding the shores. Race to the upper gun room, try out the replica cannon, and climb to the top of the keep for unrivalled views over Falmouth. As you admire 360-degree panoramas, look out for sea-faring vessels of many kinds and a huge range of wildlife, birds and coastal creatures.
During the First World War, Pendennis became the headquarters of 'Fortress Falmouth' - a story retold through displays and moving first-hand accounts. Discover the story of John Glasson Thomas, a Cornish soldier whose letters offer a very special record of one man's Great War.
The castle was called into action once again during WWII and resumed control of coastal defences. Costumed characters guide you through the tunnels and straight into the drama of war in the underground magazines. Spot enemies on the horizon in the Battery Observation Post and listen in to conversations between the commander and his gun crews.
Pendennis has an exciting programme of events throughout the year, from medieval jousts to Halloween tours, and you won't want to miss the thunderous daily firing of a working gun from the castle's collection (Apr - Oct).
- Our bright and airy cafe
- Breath-taking views over Falmouth
- Our exciting interactive exhibitions
- Our display of historic guns
- Costumed characters from the past
- The chance to get married at the castle! Find out more.