Cornwall boasts some of the most magnificent castles in the UK. Learn about the legendary tales of King Arthur, walk through the sea to the castle atop St Michael’s Mount, and visit the tower which sent the first warnings of an attack by the Spanish Armada.
Popular castles in North Cornwall
- Tintagel – Pretend you are a Knight of the Round Table when you visit the legendary birth place of King Arthur and let the epic setting take your breath away
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Popular castles South Cornwall
- Restormel Castle – The perfectly circular castle was once the residence of the Earl of Cornwall but was ruined following the English Civil War in the 1600s
- St Catherine’s Castle – A small artillery fort built by King Henry VIII to defend the harbour. Be sure to take your pooch, as dogs on leads are welcome too
- Caerhays Castle – Designed by famous Regency architect John Nash 200 years ago, this castle is different from others in the area. It’s only open to the public at certain times of the year, so check before you travel
- Pendennis Castle – This Tudor fortress has been used to defend Cornwall through the centuries, including in the First World War
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Popular castles in West Cornwall
- St Michael’s Mount – The spectacular castle on top of this island is twinned with Mont St Michel in France. Be sure to take a look around its garden, which has its own micro climate, nurturing some unusual plants
- Chun Castle – Be amazed by the remains of this Iron Age hillfort, which was built 2,500 years ago and stands beside a prehistoric trackway
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Popular castles in Bodmin Moor and Tamar Valley
- Launceston castle – From the peak of its battlements, view the town of Launceston as if it were a perfect painting
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