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St. Mawes Castle

Open Now: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hidden gem castle

You can fully explore each level of the castle. There are great views of falmouth from the top of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Visiting Cornwall

Tucked away opposite Falmouth visited on the way over. Gave a really good insight of the way in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Angela R
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“audio tour”(57 reviews)
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...more
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St Mawes TR2 5DE, England
+44 1326 270526
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 July 2016

After visiting Pendennis, we thought we might as well visit St Mawes Castle as well. St Mawes Castle was built during the reign of King Henry VIII to protect the entrance to the Fal estuary against foreign invasion. It was designed in a clover leaf...More

24  Thank Sandygranny
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We tried to visit, but the English Heritage website specified different opening hours to those on the sign that we found when we arrived to find it closed... spoilt an otherwise good visit to St Mawes.

2  Thank NicWanders
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All reviews audio tour english heritage well worth a visit henry viii mawes castle entry fee great place to visit free audio own pace enjoyable visit carrick roads amazing views car park few hours sunny day couple of hours king harry ferry
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You can fully explore each level of the castle. There are great views of falmouth from the top of the castle. There is also plenty to look at in and around the castle grounds. Dog friendly and would highly recommend for a couple of hours...More

Thank Iheartspa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked away opposite Falmouth visited on the way over. Gave a really good insight of the way in which this fort and its sister at Pendennis protected the area. Very well preserved fort on 3 levels dropping down to the sea.

Thank Angela R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lucky to have English Heritage membership but still worth entry fee, stunning location and views towards Falmouth and St Anthony’s Head. Great history lesson for teenagers studying history 😊

Thank Elsie3009
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting castle, built by Henry V111 so full of history and plenty of information within. We took the ferry from Falmouth, but you can drive and park in the castle car park. Also the portable toilets are the best we have ever used.

Thank Tina S
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Out of the two castles overlooking Falmouth bay I preferred St Mawes to Pendennis, There seemed more to it. The views hadn't been obscured as much by trees. The grounds were well kept and the views magnificent. There are lots of spiral staircases but the...More

Thank Helen C
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

A lovely well kept castle that stands out on the peninsula of St mawes overlooking the bay of falmouth with stunning views, the castle itself is bigger than it looks and is very much intact and clean and tidy, a brilliant way to spend time

Thank johnlloyd71
Reviewed 24 September 2018

The location is superb, just the views across the estuary make it worth the visit. The castle is in very good condition and is interesting to explore up steep winding steps.and the artillery is well worth a look. The grounds are quite extensive and reveal...More

1  Thank ilderv0
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

We decided to visit St Mawes castle after visiting pendennis castle. Where pendennis is sprawling and lots of buildings evolved over the years St Mawes is like the beautiful sister. Compact but loads to discover if you dont mind small winding stone steps to get...More

1  Thank 840mandyr
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

First - be aware, the car park is very small and easily missed!! As you approach Castle the car park is on right hand side on sharp bend. Very historic. Guide book covers St Mawes and Pendennis, which is across the estuary. Lovely little walk...More

1  Thank jakkij2018
Reviewed 19 September 2018

A beautiful way to spend a few hours as you wander around this beautiful historic attraction. When we visited it was a beautiful sunny day, perfect.

1  Thank robert b
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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.