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St. Mawes Castle

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Address: St Mawes TR2 5DE, England
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+44 1326 270526
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

This round stone artillery fortress was built for Henry the Eighth in 1542,...

This round stone artillery fortress was built for Henry the Eighth in 1542, using a cloverleaf plan with a four-storied round tower. Take the free audio tour to discover life at the castle during the Civil War and explore the castle and grounds with its stunning views out to sea. Child friendly and dog friendly.

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Fabulous historic experience

St Mawes castle is a great way to while away a couple of hours either on your own or with children who enjoy running around exploring the castle and its grounds. There are audio... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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South Wales, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is OK to kill some time but being from Wales we have castles with far more history and scale. A bit expensive for what it is

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

St Mawes castle is a great way to while away a couple of hours either on your own or with children who enjoy running around exploring the castle and its grounds. There are audio tours available which really bring it to life and give a sense of how life in the castle might have been many years ago. The gift... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

It is only a small attraction but the site is in perfect condition and the audio-guide is a great experience for when walking around to get a full understanding and context

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

St Mawes castle is run by English Heritage - which we are members of. Built by Henry VIII it boasts some great sea views and is well presented. It may not be big by castle standards but it makes for a very interesting afternoon visit. Staff in the shop etc welcoming and helpful. Definitely worth a visit.

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Somerset, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

I popped in to the castle on a wet and windy Feb afternoon. It is much bigger inside than it seems outside and very well preserved. The audio commentary is excellent and really interesting. The appalling weather did not dampen my enthusiasm for the castle, although I could not explore the grounds or tarry for long on the outside parts!... More 

1 Thank stan1975
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit to this castle. We had a great day. The audio headphones brought it all alive with a bit of imagination.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We walked up to the castle from our base at the Ship and Castle Hotel. St Mawes Castle was a coastal artillery fortress from the time of Henry the 8th. It was built to keep the Spanish and French at bay. It was manned with heavy ship sinking guns which can be seen on the castle tour. The castle opens... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

With the wedding service being held in a grand room in the circular keep this was possibly the most beautiful and romantic wedding I have ever attended. Guests walked around the foot of the castle walls as we drank champagne after the ceremony and look out over the sea. We moved to a marquee to the side of the castle... More 

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Hayle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Although it only opens at the weekends this time of year it is still worth going and the big plus is that you do not have to pay the £3 carpark fee but still get to stroll around the exterior. Dear old Henry built this and its brother which you can see across the water situated at Pendennis point falmouth.... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We tried to visit, but the English Heritage website specified different opening hours to those on the sign that we found when we arrived to find it closed... spoilt an otherwise good visit to St Mawes.

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