St Mawes Castle
You will need to book your tickets in advance to visit St Mawes Castle. For up-to-date opening times and booking information, please visit the St Mawes Castle webpage here.
Beautifully positioned overlooking the Fal Estuary, St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's seaside fortresses – and the most elaborately decorated of them all.
With its charming clover-leaf shape, the Tudor castle stands proudly above the picturesque coast – offering spectacular views of the waters below. Wander through landscaped grounds and gardens and look out for intricate historic carvings on the castle walls, lauding King Henry VIII and his son Edward.
For 450 years, St Mawes protected the port of Falmouth against invasion, alongside its sister fortress – Pendennis Castle. It was one of the Tudor forts commissioned by the King to counter the threat from Catholic Europe. Warlike and defiant, King Henry equipped the castle with heavy ship-sinking guns.
Today, displays and exhibits give a deeper insight into life inside the castle, and a children’s trail highlights its stories for younger visitors. Add to your adventures by taking the ferry to or from Falmouth, and be sure to explore the picture-perfect fishing village of St Mawes on your way.
- Wonderful views of the sea and passing ships
- Carved Latin inscriptions, designed to flatter King Henry VIII
- The chance to enjoy a picnic in the picturesque grounds
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.