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PENDENNIS CASTLE

PENDENNIS CASTLE

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

PENDENNIS CASTLE 2She 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:

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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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45 Comments

  1. August 5, 2015 / 7:50 am

    We went to St Mawes back in 2008 but never got to Pendennis. We’ll have to go when Little B is older as it looks fantastic!
    #whatevertheweather

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:46 pm

      I can’t remember what St. Mawes is like inside. We went once when I was small. We always just looked at it from Pendennis haha. I may look that one up for a visit too! 🙂 x

  2. August 5, 2015 / 8:22 am

    Thank you for the invite to your linkie. I will definitely be taking note of all your outings as we are due to visit Cornwall in October. The castle looks lovely x

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      That’s ok. Thank you so much for joining up. I’m posting a top 5 places to visit in Cornwall this weekend so hopefully that’ll help a lot more too. October is such a lovely time to come. It’s still quite warm but it’s so quiet because everyones back at school. I hope you have a lovely time x

  3. August 5, 2015 / 9:14 am

    Wow those views are stunning! Sounds like a great day out! x #Whatevertheweather

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:33 pm

      It’s beautiful isn’t it! Really worth a visit just for the views alone. x

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:32 pm

      It is brilliant. Although I’d recommend going on a themed day as the atmosphere is so lovely x

  4. August 5, 2015 / 9:33 am

    What an incredible place your grandparents lived beside. Thanks for hosting a great link up.

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I can’t wait to read your post! 🙂 x

  5. August 5, 2015 / 9:47 am

    Your girlie is totally gorgeous!!! Really lovely photos with the sun shining and such a helpful review. We haven’t been here yet and it does look like somewhere that we as a family would really enjoy.

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:30 pm

      Aww thank you so much for your lovely comment. It’s great. There’s something for everyone. Views for mummy’s, space for little ones and things that go bang for daddy’s. Haha. xx

  6. August 5, 2015 / 10:09 am

    What an amazing place to go – especially with the reenactments going on! I had no idea Falmouth had a castle. Fantastic views. Love the tongue thing too! They do the funniest things sometimes. #whatevertheweather

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:29 pm

      It is beautiful. There is so much to do in Falmouth now. They’re really improved things over the years. You could spend a few days here and not get bored. Such a great family friendly town. xx

  7. August 5, 2015 / 10:38 am

    This place looks amazing!! Great views!! Nice photos too! I love your little girl’s backpack! Is it the one you use to keep her near you? My daughter is already walking everywhere and I’m using a simple harness from Mothercare that was from my eldest but I’m thinking that I should get a nicer one. Thanks for hosting, xx
    #whatevertheweather

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you so muich! Yes it’s like a backpack with reins/a harness. It’s great! We forgot hers when we went out last week and that’s the only one they had in Mothercare. They’re a bit expensive but they’re really a lot sturdier than basic reins and you can put things in the backpack too. Plus it looks ridiculously cute! So it’s definitely worth getting.xx

  8. Morna
    August 5, 2015 / 10:57 am

    That looks fantastic. I’m a big castle fan but haven’t been to one with as much going on as this one. The jousting looks amazing. #whatevertheweather

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:24 pm

      Thank you! We definitely came on the right day. We didn’t know the medieval theme was going to be on and it’s only there for two days a week throughout summer. Very lucky! x

  9. August 5, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I loved this post. My first husband was from Falmouth and we spent many happy times sat outside near Pendennis Castle eating fish and chips and watching the world go by. Never actually went into Pendennis Castle though so it is nice to see what it is like!
    Thanks for hosting #WhateverTheWeather

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      Awww I’m glad you love it and it’s brought back some happy memories. I may have walked passed you many a time then, on my way around the point to get an ice cream! 😀 It’s such a beautiful area isn’t. The perfect place to eat fish and chips! x

  10. August 5, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    How fab – I really wanted to go here when we were in Falmouth in May, but also really wanted to see the Vikings at the Maritime Museum, and they won out (only had time for one unfortunately). It looks amazing on the headland so a good reason to come back. #whatevertheweather

    • August 7, 2015 / 5:32 pm

      Oh wow that sounds pretty cool though. I would have loved to have seen the Vikings! You definitely should come back. 🙂 But make sure Pendennis has a themed day first. It’s way more fun. x

  11. Emma Farley
    August 5, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    You guys are going on so many fun adventures 🙂 I went to Pendennis Castle for the first time last year when my family visited for the week from ‘up north’. I bleddy love castles!

    https://emslf.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/family-day-out-in-falmouth/

    I had loads of lovely little days out like this last summer but it’s hard with a newborn. Hopefully we’ll be able to go on some awesome family adventures like this next year.

    Love her cute little backpack BTW!

    • August 7, 2015 / 5:46 pm

      Thank you so much. I love castles too 😀 We found it really hard with a newborn and have been really excited for this year. Although every time we take her somewhere we just can’t wait till she’s like 5/6 years old when she can really get involved in the days out and not find them boring. It was so lovely watching her cheer to the jousting and getting excited over the horses though. I bet next summer is going to be so much fun for your little family. 🙂 x

  12. August 5, 2015 / 7:52 pm

    Looks like a great day out. You can’t beat a castle, the grounds and the shows to entertain a toddler! It’s nice that you managed to share a part of your childhood with your partner too and making memories for your daughters childhood, I can understand the emotion 🙂 #whatevertheweather

    • August 7, 2015 / 5:41 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Haha I think having a baby has made me a bit too emotional! I blubber at everything! Even adverts nowadays. It really was a great day out though. Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather! I always love reading your posts. 🙂 They’re so funny and honest. x

  13. August 6, 2015 / 2:59 am

    What a wonderful day! Your photos are fabulous, it looks like such a fun outing. It must have been really special to spend the day somewhere that held so many memories, and to create some new ones x

    • August 7, 2015 / 5:56 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment. It was such a precious day. 🙂 x

  14. August 6, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Wow this castle looks amazing! That is so cool your grandparents used to live next door! I’ve never been to Falmouth but it is on our to do list one day! #whatevertheweather Sabrina xx

    • August 7, 2015 / 10:31 pm

      It’s so beautiful isn’t it. I hope you get to visit one day! x

  15. August 7, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Sounds like a lovely day out and i love your pictures. We have never been there but it seems like a great place to go and to bookmark for the future. Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather x

    • August 7, 2015 / 10:41 pm

      Thank you so much. It really was a lovely day out. 🙂 x

  16. Jenny Eaves
    August 8, 2015 / 9:59 am

    Wow! That looks like a lovely place to visit, lucky you visiting it so many times as a child. I love exploring castles and I’m sure Evie will love to visit again when she’s a little bigger and racing around the place!
    It’s been a long time since I’ve been to jousting, there’s a local one, but we keep missing it!
    Yay, we had loads of link-ups this week! 🙂 x

    • August 10, 2015 / 6:03 pm

      I hope you get to go to the local jousting next time it’s on! It looked like a lot of fun. Such a great atmosphere as well. 🙂 I’m only just starting to comment now on our linky’s. There are so many! 😀 xx

  17. August 8, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    This brought back so many happy memories for me. We used to be regulars at Pendennis Castle and have also been there for their medieval days. I remember the cannons firing and it scaring the boys when they were very young. It sounds like you have many fond memories too from your grandparents living close by. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos and a little of the history of the castle with me on Country Kids

    • August 10, 2015 / 6:04 pm

      Oh know I hope that didn’t scare them for life! It’s such a lovely atmosphere isn’t it! 🙂 We have such fond memories, I can’t wait to go back again. Thank you for hosting. x

  18. August 8, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    Wow you use to live near a castle?! Thats like fairy tale everyday!

    This looks like a fun trip! Such a lovely and magical place to visit! #countrykids

    • August 10, 2015 / 6:06 pm

      I used to pretend I was a princess when I used to wonder around by myself. 🙂 x

  19. August 11, 2015 / 2:56 am

    How very cool to get to relive something that had such significance to your childhood, with your own children. I love that!

    • August 13, 2015 / 7:55 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment. It really was a precious moment. 🙂 x

  20. August 11, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Beautiful place!! I can only imagine what you felt seeing your baby girl there where you spent your childhood 😀

    Thank you joining #MondayEscapes

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      Thank you so much. It really is beautiful isn’t it. It’s such a lovely feeling. 🙂 Thank you for hosting. x

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