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A private viewing of Restormel Castle

We didn’t think we were going to make it in time.

Last admission is normally half an hour before closing and we arrived at Restormel Castle about 15 minutes before closing. We were expecting to be turned away but thankfully the lovely English Heritage staff member let us in for a quick visit.

There were no other visitors left on the grounds so we had the castle completely to ourselves.

Immediately we climbed the stairs to look down on the remains of the castle rooms, and admire the panoramic views of the Cornish countryside.

The castle dates back to the 13th-century, making it one of the oldest and best preserved Norman castles in Cornwall. You can still identify the ruins of Restormel’s keep, gate and Great Hall, and even the kitchens and private rooms.

Restormel was once surrounded by a deep moat. Originally there was a drawbridge over the moat leading to the entrance.

Our visit was very short but we still managed to do a complete lap of the castle before it was time to leave. At a leisurely pace you wouldn’t need more than an hour to see everything, although if the weather was good it would be the perfect place to set up a picnic and stay for a bit longer.

Visitor information

  • Restormel Castle is located near Lostwithiel in Cornwall. English Heritage members can visit for free, otherwise it’s £4 for adult entry. The castle is open daily between April – October, but closed during the winter months.
  • The National Trust’s Lanhydrock is only about a 15 minute drive away so you could easily visit both in a day
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