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St Catherine's Castle is one of a pair of small artillery forts built by Henry VIII in
the 1530s to defend Fowey Harbour. It was modified in the 19th century during
the Crimean War and again during the Second World War, when it became
home to an anti-aircraft gun and an ammunition store.
Read more about the history of the castle.
BEFORE YOU GO
Parking: There is a charged car park next to the site managed
by Cornwall County Council.
How to Find it: The castle is a 3/4 mile walk from the car park
via Ready Money Beach.
The first section is a gentle slope down to the beach. From here the walk include
s a steep climb through woodland which ca
n become muddy in wet weather.
Access: The castle is only accessible on
foot via a challenging walk.
Facilities: Public toilets can be found at Ready Money Beach.
Please Be Aware: We recommend sturdy footwear for the
challenging walk. There are steep
unguarded drops within the castle walls.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
PLAN A GREAT DAY OUT
St Catherine's Castle is a short distance from
the South West Coastal Path and wel
l worth the detour for walkers.
You'll find plenty of shops, facilities and place
s to eat and drink in the town centre of Fowey,
just a 10 minute walk away from Ready Money Cove.
The impressive shell of the great 13th century
circular keep of Restormel Castle is a
few miles up the River Fowey in a beautiful
spot. Explore the ruins, walk through
the surrounding woodland and enjoy a picnic in the grounds.
30 APRIL 2017 - 24 MARCH 2018
Open any reasonable time during daylight hours
25 MARCH 2018 ONWARDS
Opening times will be available nearer the time