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Cornwall is home to a wonderful selection of castles; from coastal strongholds to country fortresses, the area is rife with these historic structures. So if you feel like discovering Cornwall’s hidden secrets and being king for the day then make sure to keep reading as we list the best castles in Cornwall.

Tintagel Castle

Possibly Cornwall’s most iconic castle, Tintagel Castle is an impressive structure that not only has a fascinating history but is also synonymous with the legendary tales of King Arthur. The castle’s impressive location and captivating scenery have been inspiring writers and artists for centuries and, with a wide range of child-friendly activities on offer throughout the year, the castle is perfect for family days out.

Prices: Adults £8, concessions £7.20, children (5-15 years) £4.80, children under five go free and family tickets for two adults and up to three children are £20.80.

Opening times: Opening times vary throughout the year so please see website or call before visiting.

Contact: 01840 770328; customers@english-heritage.org.uk; www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle


Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle is a monumental fortress built on the Cornish coast by Henry VIII and used to help defend Cornwall against foreign invaders. Now transformed into an exciting attraction, visitors to Pendennis Castle can expect to see a fascinating World War I exhibition, a terrific display of Victorian defences and an impressive collection of guns and cannons.

Prices: Adults £8.30, concessions £7.50, children (5-15 years) £5, children under five go free and family tickets for two adults and up to three children are £21.60.

Opening times: Opening times vary throughout the year so please see website or call before visiting.

Contact: 01326 316594; customers@english-heritage.org.uk; www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/pendennis-castle


Restormel Castle

The ruins of Restormel Castle can trace their history right back to the 13th century and, with many of the principal rooms still in great condition, Restormel is a fantastic attraction to visit if you want to learn more about English history. As well as the castle’s extensive history, the area surrounding the castle is a wildlife haven and makes a perfect spot for picnics.

Prices: Adults £4.20, concessions £3.80, children (5-15 years) £2.50, children under five go free and family tickets for two adults and up to three children are £10.90.

Opening times: Opening times vary throughout the year but the site is closed over winter. Please see website or call before visiting.

Contact: 01208 872687; customers@english-heritage.org.ukwww.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/restormel-castle


Launceston Castle

Sat on a large natural mound overlooking the surrounding landscape, Launceston Castle dominates the Cornish skyline. One of the most exciting aspects of the castle is its 13th century round tower and the incredible views which can be seen from the summit. During the summer the castle’s grounds make an ideal spot for picnicking or for painters looking to capture the beauty of the neighbouring valley.

Prices: Adults £4.20, concessions £3.80, children (5-15 years) £2.50, children under five go free and family tickets for two adults and up to three children are £10.90.

Opening times: Opening times vary throughout the year but the site is closed over winter. Please see website or call before visiting.

Contact: 01566 772365; customers@english-heritage.org.uk; www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/launceston-castle

 

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