Pendennis Castle English Heritage castles and monuments in CornwallPendennis Castle

Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4LP
Tel. 01326 316594
Fax. 01326 319911
Map Ref: SW 827315
50.14722°N 5.04777°W

Location: Pendennis headland, half mile from Falmouth town centre. 'Land Train' Service from town (summer). Castle signposted from the town.

How to get there: Road: On Pendennis Head 1m SE of Falmouth.
Train: stops at Falmouth Docks.

 

Pendennis Castle gatewayPendennis Castle - Govenors bedroomPendennis Castle has defended the anchorage of the Carrick Roads for over 450 years. Today you re-visit the castle's history from Tudor times to the re-fortification in both world wars. Along with a museum and discovery centre are displays of coastal defence armament and access to the former secret installations.

In the late 1530's Henry VIII was under threat of war from France and Spain because he had divorced his Catholic wife, Catherine of Aragon. As a consequence, Henry set about the fortification of the whole of England's south coast.

Between the years 1540 and 1545, the River Fal, had two forts constructed to guard its wide entrance - St Mawes on the east bank and Pendennis on the west. St Mawes had a great deal of effort put into its construction, with quality stone and decorative carvings. Pendennis, on the other hand, was a simple round tower and gate enclosed by a lower curtain wall.

During the reign of Elizabeth I, an extra wall was constructed - encircling the structure, and bastions were built at Pendennis. In the year 1595, the Spanish attacked Mounts Bay - Newlyn and Penzance.

The garrisons at Pendennis and St Mawes, were hurriedly reinforced and improved in preparation for the coming Spanish Invasion. However the Spanish invasion never came and the only attacks on the castles were from the English during the Civil War.

The historic siege of Pendennis Castle began in 1646 when parliamentary forces attacked the fortress from both land and sea. They quickly cut the castle's lines of communication and supplies with trenches and gun positions, running from Gyllyngvase on the west across to the area that currently is occupied by the docks.

Cromwell's Roundheads set up headquarters in Falmouth at Arwenack House, the burnt out home to the Killigrew family. The Garrison at Pendennis under the command of the 80 year old Sir John Arundel and assisted by Sir Henry Killigrew ( Member of Parliament), held out for six months, being reduced to eating horse and dog meat before their final surrender to the Parliamentarian force. Pendennis had been the penultimate stronghold - after Raglan Castle -in the country to hold out for the King, after earlier giving sanctuary to Queen Henrietta Maria, and the Prince of Wales (Charles II), before their escape to France.

The location of the castle high on the hill overlooking the surrounding area and town gave the defenders a great advantage, enabling them to hold out for so long against the Parliamentarian force. St Mawes, on the opposite bank was in a weaker position strategically - built half way up the hill, purely as as a seaward deterrent, the castle had no defence from a land based attack. The governor at St Mawes immediately surrendered to the Parliamentarian forces. Both forts were part of Britain's coastal defence system during both World Wars.

The castle has a Discovery Centre, which allows visitors to explore the fascinating history of the castle, complete with interactive displays and activities, including an exhibit on Tudor battles. There are many medieval re-enactments staged at Pendennis. A Land Train' runs from Falmouth to the castle car park during the summer months.

 

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Riverside Cottages
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Riverside Cottages

Self Catering Delightfully situated cottage and house in an idyllic hamlet. South-facing gardens with path running down to the waters edge offering peace and tranquillity, in the very centre of Cornwall.
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Calamankey Farm Campsite
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Calamankey Farm Campsite

Self Catering Static Caravan + Camping Calamankey is a traditional working sheep farm with a caravan & camping site holiday center near Falmouth at the base of the Lizard. Convenient for University campus at Tremough, it is set in open countryside with views across rolling hills to St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsular beyond.
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The Cabin, Packet Quays
Falmouth

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The Cabin, Packet Quays

Self Catering Luxurious waterside apartment. Superb position overlooking the harbour, ideal for town and beaches. Sailing facilities nearby. Sleeps 2. Furnished to a high standard. Private parking.
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Jentone Bed & Breakfast
Helston

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Jentone Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Bright, spacious bungalow offering high standard ground floor en-suite accommodation set in quiet countryside. Midway between Falmouth/Helston centrally located for exploring the southwest Cornwall’s major attractions. Within easy drive to coastal walks, Towns, Beaches, Gardens and the Combined Universities in Cornwall. Non-smoking.
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Helford River Cottages
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Helford River Cottages

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Eden House - St Keverne
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Eden House - St Keverne

Bed & Breakfast Eden House Bed & Breakfast is a Grade II listed 18th century former vicarage located in the popular village of St Keverne on the Lizard Peninsula and offers traditional comfort and original features in an idyllic setting. Far reaching views across open countryside to Falmouth Bay
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Old Temperence House B&B & Ginentonic
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Old Temperence House B&B & Ginentonic

Bed & Breakfast + Self Catering Old Temperance House, in St Keverne Square, is a lovingly renovated, Period Village House. For B & B, we have 4 En Suite Bedrooms (weekly rates available), plus a pretty Self Catering Cottage sleeping 3.
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Sea View Holiday Park
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Sea View Holiday Park

Self Catering Static Caravan + Self Catering + Holiday Park Seaview Holiday Park is a family run site with outstanding sea views and countryside views, near to Kennack Sands beach. An ideal location where a warm welcome and relaxing holiday awaits you.9 Holiday Chalets and 15 Holiday Caravans
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Kimberleys
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Kimberleys

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Anacapri
Falmouth

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Anacapri

Bed & Breakfast With stunning sea views over Falmouth Bay and situated opposite Gyllyngvase Beach this charming Bed and breakfast has bar and sun terrace.Car Park on site
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San Remo
Falmouth

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San Remo

Bed & Breakfast Family run guest house situated 50 metres from Gyllyngvase Beach. Most rooms have a sea view, and a raised sun terrace overlooks the blue flag beach. Shops, Maritime Museum, Princess Pavillion, Pendennis Castle and harbour are only a few minutes walk away. We welcome families and well-behaved dogs.
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Trewint Bed & Breakfast
Falmouth

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Trewint Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Set in the quiet location with country views towards Swanpool Beach and the local golf course. Only a 5 minute walk from the beach and 10 minutes from the town centre. Trewint offers you the ideal location for your Bed & Breakfast holiday in beautiful Cornwall. All rooms en-suite. No smoking. Private parking.
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Rosemullion House
Falmouth

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Rosemullion House

Bed & Breakfast Built as a gentlemans residence in the latter part of the 19th Century, Rosemullion Hotel offers you a holiday that is every bit as distinctive as its Tudor appearance. (NB Adults Only)
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Harbourside Apartments
Falmouth

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Harbourside Apartments

Self Catering 3 self-catering holiday apartments (sleeping 2,3 or 4 people). The perfect base for your holiday in Cornwall. Spectacular marine views, ideally located for town, harbour & beaches.
  Quality in Tourism / Visit England  3 Star Tel: 01326 316501

Melvill House
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Melvill House

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Thyme Cottage
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Thyme Cottage

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Simply Sea Views
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The Bridgedeck

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The Georgian Manor House Apartment

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The Riverside
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Woodbury Farm B&B
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Woodbury Farm B&B

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Trewince Holiday Lodges

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Whispers Holiday Apartment

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Gadles Farm Cottages
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Gadles Farm Cottages

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Cornish Barn Holidays - Higher Grenna Farm
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Cornish Barn Holidays - Higher Grenna Farm

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Cornwall Waterfront Homes
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Flushing Holiday Cottages

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The Boathouse - Gillan
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Helford Passage Flat 15D
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Helford Passage Flat 15D

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Barkadeer
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Barkadeer

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