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Pendennis Castle offers your tour group nearly 500 years of history at one of Cornwall’s greatest fortresses, imposingly sited overlooking the Fal Estuary. Begun around 1540, as one of Henry VIII’s chain of coastal artillery forts, Pendennis was strengthened by Queen Elizabeth I and many years later endured an epic Civil War siege for five months. Visitors can also see First World War life vividly recreated in ‘Fortress Falmouth’. It focuses on those who served or lived here. Interpretation reveals how they trained and prepared for attack and espionage as well as the food shortages caused by such a huge influx of servicemen.
Combine a visit with a trip to Pendennis’ sister fortress, St. Mawes Castle, accessible by foot-passenger ferry from Falmouth.