Explore one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses, Pendennis Castle, which has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Discover how the castle has evolved, and experience the sights and sounds of battle.
Major developments at the castle have revealed the full history of this superb fortress. 450 years of history can now be traced from its origins as one of Henry VIII’s coastal strongholds to its last military role as a secret Second World War base.
A Discovery Centre packed with hands-on activities allows visitors of all ages to really get to grips with history. There is visitor access to the restored underground Victorian and WWII defences complete with sounds and smells! The everyday life of the garrison at Pendennis is brought to life in the War Shelter, whilst the drama of Pendennis at War is also recreated. The turn of the 20th century Barrack Block has undergone renovations to provide a new interactive exhibition and enhance the visitor facilities.
During the Second World War Pendennis was the Command Centre for Cornwall, protecting not only the Cornish coast and the important port of Falmouth but the western approaches to Britain.
Guided tours lead visitors through the underground magazines during an air raid, whilst in the recreated Battery Observation Post they can experience what happens as the alert sounds warning of an impending enemy attack.