St Mawes Castle



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This castle was Henry VIII’s most picturesque fort, one of a defensive chain built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain. Although it was designed to mount heavy guns, great care was taken with its design, including carved Latin inscriptions in praise of Henry VIII and his son, Edward VI. It fell to Parliamentarian forces in 1646 with only a single shot being fired, which is one reason why it remains in such good condition.

St Mawes Castle
Phone : 01326 270526


  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Wheelchair access extremely restricted as no ramps, but access too shop and courtyard possible
  • Facilities: Induction loop, handrails, site folders
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year Oct, daily 10-5; 1 Nov-23 Dec and 2 Jan- 11 Feb, Sat-Sun 10-4; 27 Dec-1 Jan, Wed-Mon 10-4; 12-25 Feb, daily 10-4; 26 Feb-29 Mar, Wed-Sun 10-4 (last admission 30 minutes before close). Castle may close for private events. Close

About the area

Discover Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

Cornwall has just about everything – wild moorland landscapes, glorious river valley scenery, picturesque villages and miles of breathtaking coastline. With more than 80 surfing spots, there are plenty of sporting enthusiasts who also make their way here to enjoy wave-surfing, kite surfing and blokarting.

In recent years, new or restored visitor attractions have attracted even more visitors to the region; the Eden Project is famous for its giant geodesic domes housing exotic plants from different parts of the globe, while nearby the Lost Gardens of Heligan has impressive kitchen gardens and a wildlife hide.

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