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This English Heritage experience makes a fantastic trip if you're in Cornwall and Castle Pendennis has everything you need, from sites, food, landscapes, learning, exhibitions and more.
Pendennis Castle, Cornwall, is well known as being one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII. This site is a delight for history buffs and kids. Immerse yourself in the history of Pendennis Castle, as you are transported back to Tudor times, to First and Second World Wars with its role in Fortress Falmouth. Pendennis Castle was built in the mid-16th century by Henry VIII as one of a pair of forts, with St Mawes Castle, to protect the Fal Estuary from the threat of invasion from France and Spain. Pendennis Castle was adapted often for defence reasons over the following 400 years, including the Second World War, so it has seen many different lives and uses.
If you're wondering what to do in Falmouth, then look no further. Explore the fascinating exhibitions held at Pendennis Castle, depicting the story of the castle throughout time, including its role as part of Fortress Falmouth during World War I and World War II. From buildings, re-buildings, barracks and storehouses that have been constructed, demolished, altered and replaced, to the weaponry of the castle, there is plenty to discover. The reconstructions allow visitors to see what life was like in the castle during different periods of history, enabling you to immerse yourself in Falmouth Castle and its heritage.
Throughout the site, history and evidence of the intriguing history of Pendennis is visible. The Noonday Gun is fired daily in the summer and renovations such as the Guardhouse reflect its First World War appearance, taking you back to a different time. With the underground tunnels open to visitors, plus a Second World War battery, and the original Tudor Keep with a recreated gun deck, there's something to entertain the whole family.
Don't miss out on the Discovery Centre, which has interactive displays and activities for the whole family to enjoy, plus medieval re-enactments are frequently staged at Pendennis. You and the kids can take a gander at a full Tudor gun deck in all its glory, complete with both the sights and sounds of battle, this won't be a history you forget! There's an interactive exhibition which depicts the life of a garrison soldier. Plus, with a WWI Guardhouse and cells, you'll learn what it was like to be an imprisoned soldier.
A favourite with many kids are the creepy castle tunnels, ominous, carrying so much history within the old walls, plus the big guns are always a hit. With a fascinating collection of wartime cartoons on display, ones that featured in newspapers throughout WW II, there's plenty to keep the kids occupied. Be sure to climb to the top of the keep and experience the sights of Falmouth and Cornwall, including panoramic views of St Mawes. For more thrills in Cornwall, check out Fistral Beach for the best surfing in the UK.
Don't miss out on Pendennis Castle events, like festive-themed events, from the Spooky Pendennis Castle for Halloween to the Christmas Adventure Quest at Pendennis Castle. Beyond the history of the fortress, there lies expansive and extensive grounds, home to fantastic sea views and perfect for hikes.
After a busy day discovery, fun and history, visit the tearoom for some fantastic local and seasonal Cornish dishes, some with a Tudor twist. When you're done exploring, why not check out the Lost Gardens of Heligan? These historical gardens are a hidden gem, waiting to be discovered.
Top tip: be sure to make use of the guided tours so you can get the most out of your trip, as you listen to daring, exciting and scary stories, all of which have taken place at Pendennis, this way you can get the full experience and you won't miss a thing.
Are you looking for somewhere to stay? Check out the Holiday cottages at Pendennis Castle, making your trip to these Tudor castles that extra special, located in the grounds of Pendennis Castle. Connecting with English heritage has never been easier. Falmouth is a cosy, and picturesque place, full of things to do and see.
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English Heritage brings history to life in an engaging way to over 10 million people every year, caring for over 400 historic palaces, houses, monuments and other locations.
The remarkable collection of English Heritage buildings and monuments began to assemble as early as 1882. These were basically a collection of the greatest sites, which told the story of Britain. From prehistoric sites to historical bridges, gardens, forts and castles, English Heritage sites include Stonehenge, Rochester and Tintagel Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Eltham Palace and Audley End House and Gardens.
As a registered charity, the English Heritage is governed by a board of trustees. The charitable trust depends on the income generated from admission and English Heritage membership fees to its properties and income from holiday cottages and gift shops. It is also funded from grant-in-aid income from the government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The difference between National Trust and English Heritage is that the National Trust is purely a charitable foundation that is funded mostly by members’ subscription and donations to look after their historic houses and gardens throughout England. English Heritage was originally run on a budget, funded by taxes by the British Government as a national heritage collection. In 2015, the English Heritage split into two parts: English Heritage Trust and Historic England. The government provided £80 million to English Heritage to become a charitable trust.