Historic Cornwall
Castles, Celts & Kings


Tintagel Castle - Open All Year - Tel: 01840 770328

Facilities: Cafe - Exhibition - Shop
Dogs welcome

A spectacular location on Cornwall’s dramatic and windswept Atlantic coastline. Tintagel is a place of myths where the legend of King Arthur was born. Once the stronghold for the Earls of Cornwall, the castle was built in the 13th century. Now in ruins, it still has the power to inspire.

Please note: Due to the coastal landscape, visitors with limited mobility may not be able to access many areas of the site even with assistance.

Disabled Access Symbol Pendennis Castle - Open All Year - Tel: 01326 316594

Facilities: Cafe - Exhibition - Shop - Picnic Area
Dogs welcome

Journey back through 450 years of history from Tudor times to World War II and discover the wartime secrets of Pendennis Castle. In the Tudor keep built by Henry VIII, see a Tudor gun deck in action and experience the sights and sounds of battle. Find out what it was like to be a garrison soldier at the turn of the last century.

St Mawes Castle - Open All Year (Closed Saturday)
Tel: 01326 270526


Facilities: Shop - Picnic Area
Dogs welcome

Facing Pendennis is its partner castle, St Mawes, the most picturesque and beautiful of Henry VIII’s coastal fortresses. Set in the lovely village of St Mawes, the castle has remained unchanged over the centuries. Overlooking the glittering bay of the Fal Estuary, the pretty clover shaped castle commands magnificent views, best seen from its battlements.

Please note: Access difficult for those with limited mobility.

Restormel Castle - Open April to October
Tel: 01208 872687


Facilities: Shop
Dogs welcome

A former stronghold of the Dukes of Cornwall, Restormel Castle was used as a miniature palace to provide lavish accommodation for the Duke and his honoured guests. It lies just a mile away from the attractive medieval town of Lostwithiel.

Launceston Castle - Open April to October
Tel: 01566 772365


Facilities: Shop - Picnic Area
Dogs welcome

The castle once commanded the town and surrounding countryside and controlled the main entry route into the county. It has had many ‘lives’ including being one of the great strongholds of the Earls of Cornwall, a town gaol and a hospital during World War II.

Chysauster Ancient Village - Open April to October
Tel: 07831 757934


Facilities: Shop - Picnic Area
Dogs welcome

The original inhabitants of this ancient settlement occupied the site almost 2000 years ago. Explore the wild and rugged surroundings and enjoy these fascinating structures that still survive amongst the natural landscape of wild flowers and windswept heather.