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Pendennis Castle (Cornwall)

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Historic castle built by Henry VIII

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      01.11.2010 11:09
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      Nice way to spend an afternoon

      We visited Pendennis Castle back in September during our holiday in Cornwall (I did try adding it to the dooyoo catalogue as soon as I got back but it has only just become available).

      Pendennis Castle is in Falmouth, Cornwall. It is a fortress built by Henry VIII to defend the country during attack. Since then it has been used to defend England on many occasions including during the Civil War.

      When we arrived at Pendennis Castle we were a bit confused where to park. There were lots of signs saying disabled parking only was up one way and we had to drive a very long way round to the back of the castle where there was a large car park. Once parked, the castle is a 5 - 10 minute walk away down a slope.

      We went into the ticket office to get our tickets, the woman informed us that a wedding was currently taking place in the castle but it would be finished in 10 minutes so we decided to go ahead and buy our tickets and just wait for the wedding to finish.

      We had a little wander around the grounds and went on the gun deck which my partner found very interesting. Then a BMW screeched past and out hopped the groom - obviously late for his own wedding!

      Other than the gun deck, there are lots of smaller attractions outside which you can have a look at, these include a discovery centre and a WWI guardhouse. These are interesting but will not take longer than about 30 - 45 minutes to look around.

      The discovery centre is great for families as there is lots of interactive games and lots to see and do. My favourite of all of these things was the WWI guardhouse. I found it fascinating to see how the men lived, there were also detention rooms in the guardhouse and the whole place was kitted out with belongings the soldiers would have had such as beds and kit.

      About an hour after we had been told we could enter the castle the wedding finally came to an end and we were able to get in the castle. The castle consists of large round rooms, one you can see is the kitchen and there are pictures depicting how the kitchen would have looked, however there is nothing in here and it is empty. Upstairs is the tudor gun deck which was amazing to see, the guns are so interesting and my partner was fascinated by these. Other than these two rooms there are a couple of smaller rooms such as a bedroom.

      There is a tea room which sells snacks. We popped in here for a cup of tea and a slice of cake but it was extremely expensive. 2 slices of cake and 2 cups of tea came to over £10.

      My partner enjoyed our visit here more than I did. I did find it interesting but found that there wasn't an awful lot here. Our visit took us less than 2 hours. However, it was a nice way to spend a couple of hours and the history of the castle is very interesting. We would recommend Pendennis, however you will only be able to spend a few hours here at the most.

      The castle is located in Falmouth in Cornwall, the postcode for those with sat nav is TR11 4LP. Opening times vary with season but currently the castle is open between 10am and 4pm. Currently tickets are priced as follows:
      Adults: £6.00
      Children: £3.00
      Concessions:£5.10
      Family: £15.00
      English Heritage members are free.

      Pendennis was a nice way to spend the afternoon. There isn't a great deal here but what is here is very interesting and the grounds are beautiful - there are spectacular views of the sea. Recommended.

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