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St. Mawes Castle

St Mawes TR2 5DE, England
+44 1326 270526
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Small but superb

Wonderfully preserved and sure Henry V111 would still recognise it. The children loved it with all... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kenilworth, United Kingdom
Great View

From here, you can look across the Falmouth Harbour and see Pendennis Castle. Protection hundreds... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jeffrey M
Chilliwack, Canada
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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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St Mawes TR2 5DE, England
+44 1326 270526
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wonderfully preserved and sure Henry V111 would still recognise it. The children loved it with all the floors and "characters" in the rooms. Fantastic views of the Carrick Roads that Henry wanted to protect and the sister castle on the other sides. Nice grounds and...More

Thank NickyPuss
Reviewed 5 days ago

From here, you can look across the Falmouth Harbour and see Pendennis Castle. Protection hundreds of years ago. These vital points may have been used during the two great wars. It is worth taking the audio tour.

Thank Jeffrey M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of a chain of defensive forts built by Henry eighth this well preserved castle together with Pendennis Castle on the opposite headland guarded the Carrick Roads anchorage. I was lucky to visit on a beautiful sunny day and saw the stunning views from the...More

Thank 70ish
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved St Mawes Castle! Our 6 yr old loved the talks for kids - great effort from the young historians working in the castle to make history accessible to little people! Just a short walk from the village along the lovely coastline. There’s a...More

Thank PLTW-10
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to visit Pendennis last year, and went to St Mawes this year. St Mawes Castle is a lot smaller than Pendennis, but we also found that there were fewer people here which was good for us. Castle itself was very interesting, and the...More

Thank tillyc_13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really good example of a sea defence castle with super views across the Falmouth estuary> nearby parking is good for disabled people.

Thank paulquest
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited Pendennis Castle several times and wanted to see it's sister castle. Unfortunately, there is a very small car park which was full. Short of parking in someone's front garden, there was nowhere else to park so we had to leave without seeing...More

Thank Portley11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent the morning of our visit to St Mawes after Breakfast at Taylors cafe roaming around this fantastic historical building and grounds. Plenty to see but with all castles the stairs can be a little daunting to the elderly and the very young, 3...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately when we visited it was windy and wet so we didn't see it at its best. The audio which is free is very good because it takes you from room to room and outside explaining in detail. i can imagine that the views would...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A little castle built by Henry VIII to defend England. Its the twin of Penndenis castle across the water. There is a audio guide included in the entrance fee as a English Heritage member entry was included. The views across the water were very good...More

Thank t1mj1m
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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.