Guided Tours of St. Anthony Head Gun Battery This Summer

Have you been on one of our brilliant Battery Tours?  This experience on your doorstep should not be missed!  National Trust volunteers William and Jean-Paul run guided tours of St. Anthony Head Gun Battery monthly during the summer.  They speak with enthusiasm and special knowledge of the features inside the newly exposed and restored gun pits.

Not only does St. Anthony Head have a magnificent view over the entrance to the River Fal but it’s also where military defences have guarded the approach to Falmouth for more than 150 years.  Big guns here protected the port from the threat of French invasion in 1796 through to the first and second world wars of the twentieth century.  Fully operational until 1956 the guns were then carted away for scrap.

The National Trust bought the headland in 1959 and ensured that the restoration of these important artillery defences would be ongoing.  They started by converting the officers’ quarters into some of the NT’s first holiday cottages.

Five years ago a Cornish Coastal Heritage project enabled the National Trust to excavate the eastern gun pit and to renovate walkways, ammunition stores and hoists.  The completion of this work kick-started the guided tours led by experts William and Jean-Paul.  We’d like as many people as possible to share the exciting history of the Battery in this outstanding coastal location.

Come and crank an ammunition hoist and find out what goes on in a shifting lobby!

Get a taste of the tour with an on-line video on

and then book a place on the real thing.

Tour dates are on Sundays:  11th June; 9th July; 6th August and 3rd September.

Two tours each day starting at 11am and 1.30pm.

They are suitable for people of all ages.  Allow about an hour and a half.

We suggest a donation of £5; access to the outer battery area is free at all times.

To book please call 01872 580553 or email us:


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