Castles to visit in Cornwall

If you’re camping in Cornwall, you might want to take in some of the local historical sites around our beautiful county.  With Arthurian legends, tales of Giants and mermaids, and secret World War II bases, Cornwall is an adventure for the whole family, and we have a few lovely Castles dotted around the county.  Join us as we take a look at just four of our favourite attractions in Cornwall.

St Michaels Mount (Penzance – approx 18 miles from us)

St Michaels Mount is a rocky tidal island in Marazion, near Penzance. One of the more unsual places to get to, St Michaels Mount is accessible via boat crossing, or by walking across the causeway when the tide is out! It’s oldest buildings date back to the 12th Century, and it is steeped with wonderful history and interesting architecture. With myth, magic and mystery around every corner, you’ll hear tales of miracles and mermaids. The well known legend of Jack the Giant Killer is alive on the island, with stories of Cormoran the Giant whose heart is said to be present in the stones…will you find it? You’ll also find The Sail Loft and the Island Cafe to keep you satiated whilst on your island adventure! Read more on the St Michaels Mount website.


Pendennis Castle (Falmouth – approx 11 miles from us)

An English Heritage site, Pendennis Castle was built between 1540 and 1542 by Henry VIII, as an artillery fort and coastal stronghold. Based on a rocky headland, the vantage points provide simply stunning views across Falmouth and out to sea. Steeped in history, it’s last military role was as a secret Second World War base. Visit their Victorian War Shelter, and experience real  genuine World War II gun being fired,  with the noon day gun fire. They offer free guided tours which are suitable for the whole family. Dogs are also welcomed around the site on a lead. The harbour of Falmouth is on it’s doorstep and has a lot to see and do for the whole family, including boat trips. Visit the Pendennis Castle website.


Restormel Castle (Lostwithiel- approx 35 miles from us)

Restormel Castle was built on an earlier Norman mound, but is a circular 13th Century shell-keep. Visited twice by the medieval military hero, Edward the Black Prince, it saw action in the Civil War. Surrounded by beautiful, peaceful Cornish countryside, it is a lovely spot for picnics and spending time with family. Perhaps the most exciting thing about Restormel, is the Wall Walk. A chance to climb up the stone staircase onto the wall of the keep and view the castle from above, and see some of the preserved rooms from above. Visit the Restormel Castle website.


Tintagel Castle (Tintagel – approx 47 miles from us)

Prepare for a magical day if you are venturing up the North Cornwall coast to visit Tintagel Castle. It’s built partly on the mainland and partly on a headland in the sea, making it a really spectacular place. 1,500 years of history lie at your feet among the medieval ruins, with the legend of King Arthur playing a part. The children will love to explore Merlin’s Cave, which stretches deep into the Cliffside, as the tide reveals rockpools twice a day. Take a picnic and watch the waves crash from an amazing setting. Dogs are welcomed there on a lead. Visit the Tintagel Castle website.


If you’re thinking about booking a UK camping holiday this year, look no further than Cornwall. Penhalvean Pottery Campsite is a small, non-commercial, rural campsite near Redruth, set in four acres of quiet countryside. Our tariff is simple and reasonable, making it an affordable holiday for the whole family. Read more about booking here.