For a great family day out in Cornwall, take a trip to the award-winning Pendennis Castle,
Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4LP
Tel: 0370 333 1181
Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
For a great family day out in Cornwall, take a trip to the award-winning Pendennis Castle, which is one of the finest coastal fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion.
The castle has seen action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War. Visitors to Pendennis today can spend many hours exploring the attractions on offer.
The First World War Exhibition is filled with thought-provoking and sometimes moving displays of letters, photos and artefacts from the period. Families can also explore the Discovery Centre, with its many interactive activities revealing how the castle worked as a defensive fortification.
Children will enjoy the Battery Observation Point where they can look out for potential invaders from sea, or plan their strategy to protect the castle; even try on the uniform of a soldier!
Firing of the guns takes place each day at 12noon, from April to October. You can also climb the circular stone staircase of the Tudor castle keep, passing the Gun Deck with its reconstructed battle scene complete with sounds, until you reach the top of the tower and enjoy the outstanding views.
In the Discovery Centre you can find out more about the the role the castle played in the defence of the realm, together with its sister castle, St Mawes on the opposite headland.
After a busy day exploring, visit the tearoom where you will find local and seasonal Cornish dishes, some with an historical Tudor twist! You can also go behind closed doors at the castle with a free guided tour and discover the stories of the people who lived and worked there.
Pendennis Castle is home to many live action events, with everything from fighting knights and pirate battles, to spooky Halloween tours. There really is something for all the family to enjoy.
We went to Pendennis Castle on Saturday and were lucky enough to hear the guns firing. My grandchildren were really excited and enjoyed all the other displays as well.
11:54 AM July 18, 2018
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