This week we visited the stunning Pendennis Castle in Falmouth. Although Evie may be a bit young to fully appreciate the castle yet, Jamie’s never been before and it’s a place that’s really close to my heart.
My grandparents used to live right next door to the castle (yes, really!), and as a child I visited more times than I can even remember. This was the first time I’d been to the castle in over 10 years, so it was really strange and a bit emotional watching my daughter run about the grounds of somewhere I made so many childhood memories.
If you haven’t been to Pendennis Castle before, it’s really worth a visit. Originally built as a gun fort in the 16th century, it has protected the port of Falmouth for over 400 years. It’s not a lavish house full of historic furniture but it’s beautiful all the same. The castle itself is quite small and doesn’t take very long to look around, but the 360 degree panoramic views from the grounds and from the top of the castle are outstanding.
We happened to come on a day where there was a medieval theme including a grand joust! We got to watch ‘knights’ on horseback displaying their skills and armour, there was a paint your own sword and shield area, a medieval Falconry display, a fool school, medieval music and historic battles for children to take part in.
The highlight of the day was a grand joust performed by the knights on horseback. It’s great to see historic places offering a lot more for children to get involved with. There was such a great atmosphere, the commentary was really funny and it was nice to see how involved the crowds were getting by cheering the knights on!
There is so much to do here other than browse around the castle. The grounds are bursting with history, ranging from tudor times to the second world war. They’ve made it all really interesting and fun to learn about. There are lots of different exhibitions and engaging displays to see and explore from each era. In addition there is a victorian war shelter, a gun battery, cannons and a world war I guard room to look around.
Jamie really enjoyed exploring inside the castle and discovering all of the little cubby holes. There are several levels to explore and you get to see what it was like to set off the cannons inside the castle. We were really surprised that Evie wasn’t bothered by the loud bangs and smoke from the cannons.
She had such a great time and loved running about the open grounds and cheering on with the crowds during the medieval performances. She seems to have developed a thing where she opens her mouth and sticks out her tongue when it’s windy. As castles are high up and are often very windy, she did spend the majority of the day looking like a dog with its head stuck out the window. We got way too many great pictures and I found it so hard to choose which ones to include in the post. Here are some more of my favourites:
At only £10.10 a ticket and with children under 5 going free, we really felt like our day was worth the ticket price. It’s also worth checking the website before you come. The castle often hosts re-enactments or has themed days ranging from the tudors to pirates. There are so many more activities to do on these days and even though it’s a lot busier, the atmosphere is lovely!
If you like castles, then be sure to check out my post on St. Michaels Mount, a castle in the sea!
Have you explored any old castles near you lately? What do you think of the Pendennis Castle?
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