Pendennis Castle - English Heritage

An exterior view of Pendennis Castle
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Discover the wartime secrets of Cornwall's greatest fortress. Pendennis Castle was built by King Henry VIII to defend against possible attack by Spain and France. Throughout its 450-year history, Pendennis Castle has faced new enemies, right up to the Second World War. See a Tudor gun deck in action, and experience the sights and sounds of battle in the interactive exhibition at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Explore the cells of the WWI guard house, and relive the drama of an enemy attack on the WWII observation post. Then descend through secret tunnels to the big guns of Half Moon Battery. Explore centuries of war time history or simply relax , enjoy the scenery and indulge in a Cornish cream tea in the newly refurbished tea room. In its superb coastal setting, Pendennis offers magnificent views of Falmouth and the Fal Estuary.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

21 February - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Admission charges

Adult Gift Aid Price £7.70
(Non-Gift Aid Price £7.00)
Child (5-15 years) Gift Aid Price £4.70
(Non-Gift Aid Price £4.20)
Concession Gift Aid Price £7.00
(Non-Gift Aid Price £6.30)
Family (2 Adults & 3 children) Gift Aid Price £20.10
(Non-Gift Aid Price £18.20)

Discounts

  • English Heritage

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Weapons and War

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Grand Medieval Joust

  • 11 — 12 August 2015 11am-5pm
  • 25 — 26 August 2015 11am-5pm

Feel the heat of the contest as magnificent knights on horseback clash at the greatest event of Medieval life. Cheer on your favourite in this thundering battle of bravery and honour. Soak up the Medieval way of life and be entertained by the naughty court jester while your budding young knights test their strength in the field.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Member (Adult) £2.60
Member (Child) £1.60
Member (Concession) £2.30
Member (Family) £6.80
Adult £10.10
Child, 5-15 years £6.10
Concession £9.10
Family £26.30

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/grand-medieval-joust-Pend-11-08-2015/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Cornwall, King and Castle Discovery Visit

Join Lady Anne Fanshawe to find out what life was like at Pendennis Castle during the English Civil War. Develop source investigation skills through examining documents and artefacts from the time and work in teams to discover what life was like for Paliamentarians and Royalists during the castle siege in 1646. This interactive tour uses role play, costume, artefacts and investigation to reveal what life was like in the Tudor period. Can you work as a team to work out how the canons were fired? Will you be able to make butter in the castle kitchen?
Duration: 1 hour
Key Stage: 2, 3, History, Literacy

How to obtain

Call 0117 975 0720 to book a 1 hour session each weekday during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19482 for more information.

The Home Front: Soldiers and Sirens Discovery Visit

Join this interactive tour to discover what life was like for soldiers at Pendennis Castle during World War II. Experience what it was like underground during an air raid. Work as a team to see how the guns were fired and use your detective skills to examine the World War II artefacts.
Duration: 1 hour
Key Stage: 2, 3, History, Drama, Literacy

How to obtain

Call 0117 975 0720 to book a 1 hour session each weekday during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19482 for more information.

Pendennis Castle - English Heritage
Falmouth
Cornwall
TR11 4LP
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/pendennis-castle/

Telephone

01326 316594

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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