Restormel Castle

The entrance to Restormel Castle, Cornwall

I visited the wonderful Restormel Castle at the weekend. Just outside the ancient statuary town of Lostwithiel, this Medieval ruin is a lovely and peaceful spot to wile away a few hours. We started our day at the Duchy Nursery coffee shop, with some delicious cakes and puds. You can see the castle from the cafe and it is a charming walk through the fields up to it, though because of the limited walking ability of my mum we decided to drive and save our energy for exploring!

Restormel Castle just outside of Lostwithiel

The view from the top of Restormel Castle towards Lostwithiel


Rarely busy, (and free for Lostwithiel and Lerryn residents with some photo ID), this English Heritage treasure can provide a place of solace on hot day. When everyone heads to the coast I often like to wonder inland.

Far-reaching views from Restormel Castle


The castle is in remarkably good nick considering it is from the 13th Century. You can walk almost all the way around the top and work out which room use to house what. The views down the valley to Lostwithiel are beautiful and with plenty of benches this is an ideal place for a picnic.

The English Heritage looked after Restormel Castle

A sunny weekend trip to Restormel Castle


When we were there daisies and buttercups glistened in the winds, but come earlier, in Spring, and you can enjoy swathes of primroses and bluebells.

Restormel Castle just outside of Lostwithiel


Listening to the sheep in the surrounding fields is very calming, and watching the birds of prey circle ahead. Definitely recommended for a peaceful day out, especially coupled with a trip to the Duchy Nursery and a wonder round the charming and independent shops of the lovely Lostwithiel.


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