Castle Crawling On The Cornish Coast


The many ageing citadels that dot the Cornish landscape have long been a tourism draw for people all over the world, to say nothing of those that call the United Kingdom home.  While it is possible to make a day trip from Greater London, the hassle of dealing with holiday traffic out and inbound, and rushing around the bucolic countryside has the potential to throw a gargantuan wet blanket over your proceedings.

In order to give yourself the time you’ll need to see these classic castles, and have a great time in the process, we recommend that you plan cheap holidays in Looe, a process made much easier by being able to rent a caravan that has all the comforts of home, without the bells and whistles that you don’t need driving up your costs.

With this consideration out of the way, you will be free to tour the sites that made Medieval Britain the romantic place that it was.  To make the best use of your time, here are three castles in particular that you should include in your wanderings…

Restormel Castle, Lostwithiel

Being the site of an incredible photogenic build that included a circular keep that guarded the inhabitants from potential ne’er-do-wells, this castle had sat for over 500 years without having to make use of its defenses.  This changed once civil war broke out in 1644, as rebel parliamentary forces holed up in the keep to stand against Charles I.

It was a confrontation that they lost, as the royal forces took the castle by force, leaving it to ruins shortly thereafter.  The remnants have held up well over the years though, making this castle a worthwhile visit.

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

If you want to see a mighty coastal fortress that has stood guard against sea invasion over the centuries, then Pendennis Castle in Falmouth is a redoubt that should be seen and not merely read about.  Set up by the infamous Henry VIII in the 16th century, it has fired its artillery batteries countless times over the years, straight up to the Second World War.

Tintagel Castle, Tintagel

No castle crawling tour through Cornwall could ever be considered complete without a jog to the north to visit the reputed home of King Arthur and his Knights if the Round Table, Tintagel Castle. Located amongst a breathtaking coastal setting that certainly befitted a monarch of Arthur’s stature, Tintagel is as old as British civilization itself, as it is asserted that this keep was around during the days of the Romans. Also nearby is Merlin’s cave, where it is claimed that a man named Merlin kept Arthur safe from the waves of the ocean by taking him inside his abode.

Explore Cornwall’s History Without Bearing The High Cost of Hotels

While the hotels around the Cornish coast can cause your travel budget to spiral out of control in a hurry, there are cheaper options such as the previously mentioned caravan park that can get you out of the city and into this beautiful countryside this summer.  We hope that you will get the most out of your explorations of this region’s esteemed place in the history books of the British Isles!

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