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St. Mawes Castle

St Mawes TR2 5DE, England
+44 1326 270526
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Beautiful Tudor Fort

Having already visited Pendennis Castle a few days previously and found it less than impressive... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Plymouth, Devon
Worthwhile Visit to an historic Castle

St Mawes Castle is owned by English Heritage so admission is free for members. The Castle is used... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Robert B
York, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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+44 1326 270526
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Having already visited Pendennis Castle a few days previously and found it less than impressive, the reverse was true of St Mawes. Although smaller, it is complete and unspoilt and gives a much truer picture of what a Tudor fortress is like. The audio guide...More

Thank Pennies-from-Devon
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

St Mawes Castle is owned by English Heritage so admission is free for members. The Castle is used as as a wedding venue with two groups been shown the facilities during our visit. The Castle is very interesting with the availability of an audio guide...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 17 October 2016

A truly lovely location looking out across the Fal Estuary, towards Pendennis Castle on the other side. Especially great views on a sunny day ! This Castle is one of several that Henry VIII had built along the English coastline (during the years 1539 -...More

Thank Zippy-Oz
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The other half of Pendennis castle, St Mawes is alot smaller but well worth a visit. Grounds have a great view across to Falmouth and across to St Anthony. Parking easy and plenty of room. This is very much a quick English Heritage castle compared...More

Thank wtpsg121
Reviewed 16 October 2016

The castle is very small but covers three floors and has loads of cannons, and the views are spectacular.

Thank Ross B
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Didn't plan to see this castle, just went in on impulse. It is a beautiful, almost "cosy" castle, perched on the edge of the coast with fantastic views. An interesting and enjoyable visit.

Thank lynn d
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Parking up landward of this castle, I thought we would be around it in half an hour. Once inside the place is so cleverly designed and has packed a punch above its weight through 500 years of military history. There is so much to see...More

Thank Aidan S
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Interesting castle with lots to explore and great views. Parking is available on site, but is not visible from the main road (nb there is a charge for using the car park unless you're English Heritage members, in which case it's free). Dogs on lead...More

Thank ali3smith
Reviewed 8 October 2016

I have visited St. Mawes castle several times before and enjoyed looking around. However this time with an informative listening device which gave me knowledge of its history it was more enjoyable and I spent some time in and around the castle.

Thank 906Sandy
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent visit and, although I have associate membership, well worth the £5 ish entrance fee. Fantasticly well preserved and simply presented - not spoiled by excessive information boards etc. You really feel the experience of the place. I have visited the sister Pendennis Castle before...More

Thank jf64
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is it dog friendly
9 September 2016|
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Response from MrsWilliams75 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are very much welcome.