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St. Mawes Castle

St Mawes TR2 5DE, England
+44 1326 270526
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Much better than I had expected

Having visited Pendennis castle a couple of years ago, thought we'd try this one. Wasn't expecting... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2017
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Lovely little castle in key position

The views on either bay are really very nice from this point. The structure itself is essentially a... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
Trieste, Italy
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This round stone artillery fortress was built for Henry the Eighth in 1542, using a cloverleaf plan with a four-storied round tower. Take the free audio tour to discover life at the castle during the Civil War and explore the castle and grounds with its stunning views out to sea. Child friendly and dog friendly.
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  • Average5%
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St Mawes TR2 5DE, England
+44 1326 270526
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

Having visited Pendennis castle a couple of years ago, thought we'd try this one. Wasn't expecting much to be honest as it is smaller than Pendennis, but was pleasantly surprised. One reviewer described it as like the Tardis and I can understand why. Disagree with...More

Thank nic2576
Reviewed 15 July 2017

The views on either bay are really very nice from this point. The structure itself is essentially a fortified defence position built in the 16th century. However I may not justify the cost of the ticket - 9£ per person, considering there's not much to...More

Thank GiulioVeniVidi
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Having visited Pendennis Castle in the Morning, we trekked across to the Castle on a pouring wet day. Lovely castle.. so much history. Pity there weren't more information boards as the audio guide was almost a bit too long for each room. Lovely views and...More

Thank rjpc93
Reviewed 11 July 2017

It was like entering the Tardis (Dr Who fans will know what I mean). The castle is a feat of latter day engineering and the view from the road is deceptive as the grounds are extensive and the castle itself is good condition serving to...More

Thank Marcus D
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We travelled over to St. Mawes on the ferry from Falmouth, which is a great way to see the coastline in the area around Falmouth. We then walked the relatively short distance from the harbour to the castle. Run by English Heritage, the castle is...More

Thank alanh193
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We were staying in St Mawes and wandered down to the castle. Great audio tour which kept everyone engaged and a very well kept historical space.

Thank juabisam
Reviewed 5 July 2017

A real must if visiting St Mawes or Falmouth. We took the ferry from Falmouth and walked up the hill from St Mawes harbour. We didn’t expect much, thinking it would just be a shell of a building but we were pleasantly surprised. Winding staircases...More

Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Spent a great afternoon here at this English Heritage site. A nice little gift shop on entry. A well narrated audio tour available. A preserved fortress with lots of cannons insitu. The gardens are well tended and a delight to walk round. Lots of steps.

Thank Sue G
Reviewed 3 July 2017

The audio device was excellent, The castle is well worth the visit! The staff was friendly and helpful

Thank Chefrel
Reviewed 28 June 2017

The mate to King Henry VIII's Pendennis Castle and St Anthony Head batteries, designed and built to protect the town and port of Falmouth and the anchorage of Carrick Roads from French and Spanish attacks. Another in the stable of English Heritage sites, this has...More

Thank Steve W
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12 August 2017|
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Response from Barry S | Reviewed this property |
Just a couple of hours at the castle but if it is a nice day you may want to enjoy the view over to the Falmouth area for a bit longer. St Mawes village is idyllic!
9 September 2016|
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Response from masseyfj5 | Reviewed this property |
We don't have a dog, but we saw lots of people in the village with their dogs on a lead.