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10 of the Best Castles to visit in Cornwall

St Michaels Mount, Marazion, Cornwall - Image by member Kip Bennett (view gallery)

A list of the best castles to visit in Cornwall, with pictures. Follow the explore links to discover more information and images about each Castle.

1. Tintagel Castle, Tintagel

The famous castle ruin on the island of Tintagel. - Image by member Hilary Hoad (view gallery)

The local tourist industry in Tintagel leans heavily upon tales surrounding King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but there is no real evidence for this in relation to Tintagel Castle. However, the ruins of Tintagel Castle are full of romance and atmosphere, which is possibly due to the writings of the 12th-century monk, Geoffrey of Monmouth who in a flight of fancy when monastic remains were discovered gleaned the idea of an earlier castle on the same site. His idea captured the imagination..[more]

2. St Catherines Castle, Fowey

Polruan from St Catherine's Castle. - Image by member Peter Evans (view gallery)

3. St Michael's Mount, Marazion

St Michaels Mount, Cornwall, on a windy December day. - Image by member Morfe (view gallery)

The priory on St.Michael's mount is dedicated to the Archangel who is believed to have appeared to local fishermen in AD 495. The mount is a spectacular focal point from the beaches of Mount's Bay and can be reached on foot via a causeway from Marazion, or when the tide cuts the passage off, a ferry plies visitors back and forth to the island.

A Benedictine monastery was established here in the 12th-century this was a sister monastery of Mont St. Michael in Brittany, France. Following..[more]

4. Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

Pendennis Castle - Image by member Jennifer Briggs (view gallery)

Built at the side of a naturally deep harbour Pendennis Castle forms one of Henry VIII's coastal defences, built to guard against French attack. It occupies an outstandingly beautiful position on a headland with views across the water to St. Mawes.

The castle is built to a circular plan with two rings of walls to guard the harbour. In the 16th century, on the orders of Elizabeth I, the castle was extended with star-pointed bastions and earthworks. It was further strengthened at..[more]

5. The Castle Bude

A picture of Bude - Image by member poe (view gallery)

Backed in parts by grassy downs, the wide sandy sweep of Bude Bay with creamy waves flowing in endless procession from the Atlantic make this a perfect summer place for surfers. Set on the spectacular Cornish Heritage Coast with numerous coves and sandy beaches, the area offers one of the finest surfing destinations in England. Widemouth Sand, beneath Pehalt Cliff is a much used spot and for those who do not have their own, just as on most of Bude Bay, there are surfboards for hire.

6. St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Castle - the sea view. - Image by member Vince Hawthorn (view gallery)


7. Caerhays Castle, Gorran

Caerhayes Castle, Gorran, St Austell - Image by member Dawn Walters (view gallery)

8. Restormel Castle, Lostwithiel

Restormel Castle - Image by member Kevin Oldham (view gallery)


9. Launceston Castle

Launceston Castle, Cornwall - Image by member Paul Barker (view gallery)

10. Trematon Castle, Saltash

forder, Saltash - Image by member Phil (view gallery)

Famous for its two great bridges than span the River Tamar, this little town, known as 'the gateway to Cornwall' is both pretty and interesting and it is well worth breaking your journey to look around and enjoy the spectacular views of the river and bridges.

The narrow streets of Saltash are crammed with attractive old buildings. One building is the home of the wife of Sir Francis Drake.
Drake married a Saltash girl, Mary Newman, her cottage has been preserved and is open..[more]

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