Trains to Pendennis Castle
The closest station to Pendennis Castle is Falmouth Docks. To take the train to Pendennis Castle from London, travel from Paddington to Truro, then take the Falmouth branch line to Falmouth Docks - branch line trains leave Truro from platform 1, a bay platform behind the station buildings. There is no public transport to Pendennis Castle from Falmouth Docks, but the 15-minute walk to the castle features some spectacular coastal scenery.
About Pendennis Castle
After the Reformation and King Henry VIII's rejection of the Church of Rome's authority, England feared attack by French and Spanish forces. So Henry had a chain of coastal defences built, stretching from Hull in the east to Milford Haven in the west. Falmouth is one of the world's great natural harbours, and so two 'Device Forts' were built to guard its entrance: St Mawes on the east bank, and Pendennis Castle on the west bank.
Pendennis Castle played an important role in the English Civil War, being the last Royalist redoubt in England to hold out against Parliamentary forces. It was besieged for 5 months in 1646 before surrendering with honour. The castle was also called to duty in Victorian times, when it was used as a gunpowder store, and in the First World War, when Falmouth was placed on a war footing as a Defended Port.
Pendennis offers wonderful 360-degree views of the great harbour, beaches and town at Falmouth. Visitors can enjoy a noisy recreation of a gun deck under attack, tours of the castle and battery, and a range of delicious Cornish specialities in the Pendennis Castle Tearoom.
Monday to Sunday: 10.00 to 17.00
Winter opening times vary.
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