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- Restormel Castle
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- High Medieval (1000AD–1300AD)
- 1200AD - 1299AD
- Okehampton Castle, Bishop's Waltham Palace,
about Restormel Castle
Restormel Castle was a stone castle defended by a moat and located on a large mound overlooking Cornwall. Its historic ruins, which date back to the late 13th and early 14th century and may have been built by King Edmund, are made up of a dramatic circular stone keep. It is thought that an earlier castle, one originally constructed by Norman conquerors in the 11th century, once stood on the site of Restormel Castle and some aspects of this original castle still remain today.
Initially part of the Manor of Bodardle, Restormel would go on to be owned by Edward, The Black Prince, in the 14th century before it later fell into disuse. In 1644, Restormel Castle found a short reprieve from dereliction as a stronghold in the English Civil War. At this time, it was captured by the Royalist, Sir Richard Grenville.
Today, Restormel Castle is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and is managed by English Heritage.
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Address: Restormel Castle, off Restormel Road, Cornwall
Phone: +44(0)1208 872687
Restormel Castle is located 1.5 miles north of the town of Lostwithiel via Restormel Road, 24 miles east of Newquay along the A30 then the A38 and B3268. It is also 28 miles from Truro along the A30 then the A38 and B3268.From Penzance, it is 51 miles to the site along the A30. Lostwithiel train station has services to and from Penzance, London Paddington, Exeter St Davids and Plymouth.
Restormel Castle is open daily from April to the end of October. Open 10am-5pm (to 6pm July-August and to 4pm October-November). Entry costs £3 for adults, £1.50 for children (5-15) and free for English Heritage members and under 5s. Further discounts available.
Refreshments, shop and facilities on site and picnics welcome. Access is detailed on the English Heritage site.
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