Cornwall has a number of historic castles. Launceston Castle guards the entry to the County looking down on the Tamar valley. Probably the best known of all Cornish castles is Tintagel believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Two famous forts are St Mawes and Pendennis Castles guarding the entrance to Falmouth harbour and Carrick Roads. These two castles were built by Henry VIII as his fleet used the Fal with its deep safe harbour. According to the Domesday Book there were 350 Cornish manors in 1086, 277 held by Robert of Mortain, William the Conqueror's half brother.
Castles and Houses to visit

Launceston - 11th century castle
Tintagel - royal stronghold of early 6th century, remains of 13th century castle.
Kilkhampton - earthwork motte and bailey castle of 12th century
Restormel - 12th century castle
Lostwithiel - Duchy Palace built 1289 as an administrative centre
St Mawes - 1540-50
Pendennis - 1540-50
St Michael's Mount - garrisoned priory 14th century
Cotehele - 15th & 16th century house
Lanhydrock - manor house


Pendennis Castle