St. Mawes Castle

St. Mawes Castle, St Mawes

St. Mawes Castle
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Castles
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Gail G
Southampton, UK513 contributions
Lovely views
Jul. 2021
Lovely castle with beautiful views of the coastline. Unfortunately limited to where you can go at the moment but was still worth the visit. Friendly staff. Pre booking only.
Written 24 July 2021
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Sarah C
Portsmouth, UK76 contributions
Peaceful setting
Jun. 2021 • Friends
We came during Covid restrictions so weren’t able to see the inside, but still had a really lovely afternoon relaxing in the gardens. We booked a slot and arrived early on the ferry so stopped for a coffee in the car park (which was also lovely).
The staff at the castle were sweet, helpful and friendly, they seemed to enjoy their work.
The gardens are so peaceful. There were other people there but it was by no means busy so we felt able to sit, walk, and enjoy the parts of the castle we could access.
There are toilet facilities on site that are well-maintained.
Written 20 July 2021
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jane53England
Worcester, UK958 contributions
Advance booking
Jul. 2021 • Couples
At the moment all English Heritage sites need to be booked in advance but hopefully things may change soon as sometimes it is difficult to get to places in the given timeframe.
The car park is a very sharp right above the castle and isn’t very big. Only the ground are open at the moment but the views are spectacular. No cafe on sight but toilets! There is a mobile cafe in car park .
Written 6 July 2021
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Andrew Jones
London, UK315 contributions
Quirky castle on the coast
May 2021 • Couples
Due to current COVID-19 regulations, entry is only available if booked in advance online. Access is also currently limited to the grounds only. As we hadn’t pre-booked, we were unable to enter the grounds, but there are pretty good views available from the car park.
Written 30 June 2021
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d_jones25
Conwy, UK400 contributions
Interesting site, terrible customer experience
May 2021 • Couples
This place has even worse organisation than Pendennis Castle. Getting into the site is a nightmare. English Heritage should hang their head in shame. Pathetic.
We are close to ending our membership after our trip to Falmouth, very frustrating
Written 24 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jacw2000
Bristol, UK850 contributions
Be sure to book in advance
Jun. 2021 • Family
Book in advance at the English heritage website. And I recommend you allow plenty of time. I found it a frustrating process - I booked for the three of us, then it asked me again how many and I said three. Then I realized I had booked for 6, three regular, three concessions. Could I edit it? Not obviously. I started again. This time I did it right, paid, and then it started asking for our names. Why do you care who I am, English Heritage? Just take my money and let me in

Anyway, we went in, and wandered round the castle, which was rather good. It's more a gun emplacement than a castle, really. Assuming that the guards are not asleep, any attempt by the French to steal upriver will result in cannonballs from this castle and Pendennis Castle opposite turning them to floating splinters.

It predates heated shot, which is even nastier, but you still won't want to try and sneak past

Written 14 June 2021
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Louisesa
2 contributions
Good but could be better
Jun. 2021
At time of review I am having to use mobility scooter to get around they have a ramp to get into the shop but other wise there is steps to get into the site. The only worker was as helpful as possible but there was room on the steps to put in a ramp husband had to Dismantle the scooter to get it down the steps.
Written 10 June 2021
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Ladylush33
Petersfield, UK395 contributions
Outside review only
Jun. 2021
Only wandered around outside as did not pre book but lovely spot great views and coffee good in car park
Written 9 June 2021
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1072Clo
Southend-on-Sea, UK5 contributions
St Mawes Castle
Jun. 2021 • Couples
Small but nice and interesting 👍🏻👍🏻
Pretty location and outside area is very nice, parts of the castle were closed unfortunately.
Written 3 June 2021
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N H
Newton-Le-Willows, UK3,255 contributions
Good views
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Perched on the river mouth sit an impressively complete Tudor castle. There are info boards dotted around the place telling what happened and how things were laid out.
Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions you have to book which isn’t simple on the English heritage website and most of the castle is closed off, you can only really walk around the outside grounds.
There are some stunning views of Pendennis castle across the water and it’s only a short walk into the village.
It takes 30 - 40 mins to go around especially on a very wet, windy day.
Written 25 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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