Cornwall is known for its heritage and important history, it is also the location of some of the most beautiful fortresses, hilltop strongholds and the mystical legends of King Arthur. A heritage visit to the region wouldn’t be complete without exploring the captivating castles in Cornwall for an adventure that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Take a look at some of the top castles in Cornwall to visit, set in stunning locations around the county.
St Michael’s Mount
Possibly one of Cornwall’s most well-known castles is situated just of the coast of Marazion. St Michael’s Mount is a small yet historic island with a medieval castle, sub-tropical gardens and is bursting with mystical legends. It can be accessed by foot or boat depending on tides and provides you with a fabulous day out enjoying majestic architecture and wonderful views of the Cornish coastline.
Said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, this medieval castle is steeped in legend and majesty. Set along the rugged North Cornish coastline, it offers a breathtaking and enjoyable visit. There are events held throughout the year including Tales of King Arthur and seasonal adventure quests. You can explore the ruins and myths of this ancient place and relax in the beach café alongside beautiful scenery.
St Mawes Castle
This elaborate fortress is one of Henry VIII’s best-preserved strongholds in the UK. The detailing and embellishment display the particular flamboyance that the king relished and this fortress is no exception. With hand-carved inscriptions and extravagant decoration, this castle is a must see if you’re visiting South Cornwall.
Directly over River Fal from St Mawes Castle lies the imperious Pendennis Castle, near Falmouth. One of the finest fortresses built by King Henry VIII, it has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Historic England considers Pendennis, home to impressive cannons, to be “one of the finest examples of a post-medieval defensive promontory fort in the country”.
For a lovely day out exploring the beautiful countryside of Cornwall, a visit to Launceston is an ideal spot to explore the region’s heritage. The castle displays over 1,000 years of history and the site is set on a natural mound, boasting incredible views of the Cornish landscape. Be sure to visit the exhibition here to learn the history of this important spot.
Castles in Cornwall offer an interesting insight into the history of the region. Explore the splendour of these ancient structures and enjoy a heritage visit with the whole family. Make your base at one of our self-catering cottages, hotels, holiday parks or B&Bs.