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Days out in Cornwall with Murphy the Merchant House Hound – Pendennis Castle

This month we decided to take Murphy on an adventure with us to Pendennis Castle in Falmouth. After just a short drive from Merchant House headquarters, we were standing in front of one of Henry VIII’s finest creations. Pendennis Castle was used as a coastal fortress to defend Cornwall against foreign invasion and is still a spectacular sight to see.

First of all, Murphy and I enjoyed a walk around the outside of the castle in the moat. Murphy enjoyed meeting all the dogs who were also out on walkies and it was quite a social doggie scene. It took around half an hour to walk around the whole moat and we got to see the beautiful architecture of Pendennis Castle from all angles.

Over the Pendennis Castle Drawbridge!

After we’d had our stroll, Murphy and I were keen to get into the castle. We wandered over the drawbridge, ready to explore the history! A word of warning, if you’ve got a nervous dog you may want to avoid 12 o’clock as they fire one of the original guns.

The views from the castle grounds really are stunning though; rugged cliffs and craggy headlands with sea washing around the coast. When you venture up the spiral staircases to the roof of the castle you can savour panoramic views of Falmouth town and the ocean.

But there’s plenty of adventure to be had inside. Look at the recreated gun deck in the castle keep, which is full of excitement with models and genuine canons. For history buffs there’s also the discovery centre which details the castle’s role in history. There are views of St Mawes castle on the opposite headland, which was paired together with Pendennis to defend the area.

Fantastic Dog Friendly Day Out in Cornwall!

Overall, Murphy and I had a really fun day exploring the castle. Murphy’s paws pattered on the stone steps and he particularly liked walking over the grand drawbridge. The views were just incredible and the breeze tousled our hair (fur in Murphy’s case!) as we took in the scenery. After learning about Pendennis in World War II, we returned back to Merchant Headquarters for Dave’s homemade cake (and dog biscuits for Murphy!), with tea by the log burner where we were toasty warm before Murphy had his usual afternoon nap!

If you’d like to be in with the chance of winning a weekend break at Merchant House for you and your hound, keep your eyes peeled for more details about our new competition beginning in October!