Restormel Castle is an ideal location for a shorter family outing if you're not looking for a whole day out. Unlike Pendennis Castle (approx 90 minutes away in Falmouth), Restormel is a ruin, but the thoughtful addition of a walkway allows you to walk a full circuit around the castle walls.
The information inside the castle is minimal, but there is a guidebook that you can puchase in the shop if you want to read up on the history.
We (me, my husband, my 2 young children and their grandparents) were lucky enough to visit on a beautiful sunny day. After looking round the castle and walking round the moat, it was a pleasant place to simply sit and enjoy the fantastic weather and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside (sound of lambs bleating and the excitement of seeing the trains going along the line a few miles away provided at no extra cost!), while the children had a run around on the grass.
We ended the afternoon with ice creams from the shop (which also sells hot drinks and a range of the usual English Heritage books, toys and souveniers).
I only marked this down to a 4 as part of me feels there is more that English Heritage could do with this setting.
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