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St Mawes Castle

Castle Dr, St Mawes, Truro TR2 5DE, UK

Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

About St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Castle is a four-story artillery fort, like its counterpart across the bay, and was built in the 1540s as part of the largest national coastal defence programme since the Roman era. It stands solidly above the rocky coast, once a deterrent to hostile ships that might have sought to venture up the river passage. The castle continued in use as a fort through the 18th and 19th centuries.



Attractions near St Mawes Castle

Pendennis Castle1.94km from St Mawes Castle

Pendennis is one of Henry VIII's finest seaside castles. And despite its peaceful setting, it has a rich and poignant history. The castle has defended Cornwall since Tudor times and played a vital role protecting the coast during the two World Wars. The heritage agency Historic England considers Pendennis to be "one of the finest examples of a post-medieval defensive promontory fort in the country.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall2.83km from St Mawes Castle

National Maritime Museum Cornwall is an independent museum celebrating the influence of the sea on history and culture and telling the story of Cornwall’s incredible maritime heritage. National Maritime Museum Cornwall is an independent museum celebrating the influence of the sea on history and culture and telling the story of Cornwall’s incredible maritime heritage. Its mission is to promote an understanding of boats and their place in people's lives, and of the maritime heritage of Cornwall.

Towan Beach2.85km from St Mawes Castle

Towan Beach is the most central of Newquay's beaches lying just below the Killacourt and Beach Road. This beach is sheltered by Towan Head and provides either small waves, ideal for novice surfers or calm waters for safe swimming. This makes it an ideal family beach with the waves here being generally small in all but the stormiest conditions.

Gyllyngvase Beach3.4km from St Mawes Castle

Gyllyngvase Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Cornwall, a Blue Flag status beach, with its wide arc of golden sand and inviting sea. Great amenities, with award-winning cafe, yet still only a 15 minute walk away from Falmouth town center.  It is a popular year-round sea swimming spot and it also offers paddleboarding, coasteering, snorkeling, kayaking, and more, right off the beach.

Falmouth Art Gallery3.47km from St Mawes Castle

Falmouth Art Gallery is one of the leading art galleries in the South West. Its collection features works by major artists including Frank Brangwyn, Edward Burne-Jones, Charles Napier Hemy, Alfred Munnings and Henry Scott Tuke.  The gallery has an exciting temporary exhibition programme. Works from the collection are shown alongside loans from national galleries and Cornish artists.

National Trust - Trelissick Garden6.81km from St Mawes Castle

The National Trust's Trelissick, Cornwall, is a house and garden set in an estate with extraordinary maritime views. It was positioned in one of the most spectacular locations with stunning views looking over the Fal River and towards Falmouth, all within easy reach of Truro . Home to the Copeland family up until 2012, the original house dates back to the 1750s and is now open to the public.

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One of the UK’s favourite summer destinations, holiday makers flock to Cornwall for its sandy beaches and surf-ready waves but look beyond the coastline and you’ll be rewarded with world-class galleries, fantastic food and many one-of-a-kind attractions.