Castles & Historical Houses

Cornwall presents the visitor with a wonderful history seen through the many old houses and castles ranging from the Iron & Bronze Ages through the English Civil War and to more recent times. Many of these sites are managed by either the National Trust or English Heritiage, some are privately owned. Here is a selection of some of our favourites:

  • St.Michaels Mount - Marazion - as described above for its beautiful gardens, the Mount has a spectacular castle and Benedictine Priory which overlooks the tiny harbour and village that nestles at its base. Access at low tide by a causeway or catch one of the ferry boats at higher tides - an excellent adventure - see more at
  • Lanhydrock House - Near Bodmin - built in late Victorian times (although parts of the property date back to the 17th century) Lanhydrock House is full of wonderful period features and gives a real feel of a privilaged life. See more on the NTs website at
  • Pendennis Castle - Falmouth - built by Henry VIII in the mid 16th century and seeing action upto WWII this well preserved castle offers many surprises for the visitor. See more at the English Heritage site
  • Chysauster Ancient Village - Near Penzance - step back nearly 2000 years to see how our ancestors lived in a village cluster that has remained in remarkable condition. Managed by English Heritage who provide more information on their website at