Venue Fact File: Pendennis Castle, Cornwall

10 Oct 2017

Standing proudly atop the Pendennis Headland, Pendennis Castle has spectacular panoramic views across the Fal Estuary and Falmouth town

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Built as a part of the Tudor coastal fortress chain, the atmospheric walls of Pendennis Castle Keep provide a rustic backdrop for your ceremony. You can then head to the Edwardian Barracks where contemporary rooms provide a blank canvas for your perfect day.

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Facilities and services

Cross the stone bridge to enter the Castle Keep where the warm stone walls and wooden floor of the Lower Gun Room need only be simply decorated for it to feel like an intimate space. The Royal Artillery Barracks has two modern accessible rooms where guests can gather as you embark on a new chapter of your lives together.

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Image: Visualisation of the new layout inside the Royal Artillery Barracks 

The castle is available for exclusive use and offers dry hire of the venue or full packages which include catering, dancefloors, lighting, DJ and candle decorations. There are two full-time hospitality event co-ordinators on site to assist couples with planning their big day.

Special features

PendennisCastle has played a part in keeping the Cornish coastline safe for more than 400 years, including during the First and Second World War. The specially trained gun crews can fire two of the heavy artillery WWII guns to commemorate your big day.

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Image: Paul Keppel Photography

Availability and pricing

Pendennis Castle is available for hire seven days a week throughout the year for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions.  Pendennis Castle offers Classic, Heritage and Premium packages. All three include 50 guests and allow up to 70 guests to be added.

Premium Package includes:

  • Dedicated hospitality events co-ordinator
  • Venue hire including use of the Castle Keep, Chemise and the Killgrew Room in the Royal Artillery Barracks
  • Three-course dinner from the Premium menu before tea and coffee
  • Candle decorations for the ceremony and reception
  • Use of the grounds for photography and parking
  • Evening DJ

Heritage Package includes:

  • Dedicated hospitality events co-ordinator
  • Hire of Pendennis Castle for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception
  • Hog roast with a choice of meats, including artisan breads and a selection of salads
  • Candle decorations for the ceremony and reception
  • Use of the grounds for photography and parking
  • Evening DJ

Classic Package includes:

  • Dedicated hospitality events co-ordinator
  • Hire of Pendennis Castle for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception
  • One course dinner from the Classic menu
  • Candle decorations for the ceremony and reception
  • Use of the grounds for photography and parking
  • Evening DJ

Alternatively, venue hire prices for room/grounds hire only are available.

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Image: Paul Keppel Photography

Best spot for photographs 

Head to the roof of the Castle or the top of the Elizabethan Ramparts at sunset to have a breath-taking backdrop for your photos, or wait until night has descended and capture your outlines framed by the illuminated castle.

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www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennisweddings

Access Bride's Online Venue Guide, featuring Pendennis Castle. 

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