Pendennis Castle is a fairly unique wedding venue to Cornwall because of its position overlooking the South Coast and its authentic look and feel takes you right back in time. The Castle itself makes for a very atmospheric wedding, the wedding room itself is the circular part at the back of the castle overlooking the bay and sea through small windows. The Venue is naturally very dark inside, and this I will admit was my first thought, but a few candles and some small lights around the open beams and the room is transformed into something you can’t experience in many places around Cornwall.
The Castle and associated buildings are owned and maintained by the English Heritage and are located on the hill side above Falmouth Docks on the South Coast of Cornwall, approximately 30 minutes from Truro. Also located nearby are many residential B&B’s throughout Falmouth attributed to the local tourist trade in the summer months, also there are one or two larger accommodation sites including The Greenback Hotel, also a wedding venue in the local area – and with my experience of a wedding at Pendennis Castle, The Greenback Hotel was combined to make the evening venue.
Another great aspect to Pendennis Castle is the vast open space on the outside of the fort and the long straight pathway leading up to the caste doors, although the Castle is fairly small in comparison to what your thoughts of a castle may be, the ground surrounding it, that is mostly flat and useable for pictures, drinks, confetti or other wedding activity, more than makes up for it. One consideration to make is the openness to the wind and very little shelter than the grounds have.
Here is a link to a few pictures from a Wedding at Pendennis Castle on a cold day in January.
If you want to find out a little more about Pendennis Castle visit the English Heritage website here.
-by Barney Walters