The five best castles to visit along Cornwall's South coast
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
Britain has tonnes of castles dotted about the countryside, some still standing, others in complete ruin. Cornwall has some of the most stunning castles to visit when you're staying at our luxury hotel in Fowey, you can learn their history and walk in the stunning gardens that surround them.
All the castles listed here are along the South coast of Cornwall and within easy reach of The Cormorant Hotel.
A well preserved artillery fortress from Henry VIII's era, St Mawes Castle has elaborate decoration restored inside. Situated on the coast, the fortress was ideal for sinking foreign ships that came in sight. You can take an audio tour around the castle and grounds which really brings the place to life.
St Michael's Mount
An iconic landmark in Cornwall, you can explore the island of St Michael's Mount and discover the history and legend that surrounds the fortress, harbour and castle. You can walk along the causeway at low tide or take a boat ride to the island, where you can indulge in the fresh local food at the Island Café and listen to live music on the village green.
This circular shell-keep dates back to the 13th century, and stands on a Norman mound beside the River Fowey. Standing high above surrounding countryside, it hosts fantastic views and it's a great spot for a picnic. There you can also spot the wildlife and birds which roam the grounds and relax among the spring flowers.
St Catherine's Castle
Not far from our luxury hotel in Fowey, St Catherine's Castle may not be as impressive as St Michael's Mount but it is a great place to explore. Built in 1530s it defended Fowey Harbour during Henry VIII reign. During the Crimean War and World War II it was used as an ammunition store. A short distance from the South West Coastal Path it is a good detour for walkers, though it is a challenge to reach the top.
Another fortress built by Henry VIII, Pendennis has seen a lot of action and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall in the Civil War. The castle hosts many events throughout the year, where you can see medieval re-enactments. You can discover the history of the castle from when it was built to the Second World War.
Photo by: Zaian