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The Ship And Castle Hotel

St Mawes


The Ship and Castle is a medium-sized hotel; big enough to provide everything you need, but small enough to offer individual attention and committed customer service. In total there are 55 rooms, all of which are en-suite. Many rooms have sea views, and some have private balconies.

In furnishing rooms, the manager has thought of the little features that are sure to make your stay more comfortable. Rooms include everything you need to make your morning cup of coffee or evening cup of tea, as well as a TV and a hairdryer.
The Ship and Castle Superior Room

The Ship and Castle Superior Room

Our Superior rooms typically have luxurious beds, 26 inch flat screen digital television, and a spacious en suite bathroom with shower over bath. These Superior rooms also have a hair dryer, shaving point and facilities to make a hot drink.


  • Flat screen Television
  • En-suite bathroom with bath, shower and WC
  • Large Rooms
  • Hair dryer, shaving point and telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
The Ship and Castle Hotel Standard Room

The Ship and Castle Hotel Standard Room

Our standard rooms contain everything you come to expect from a modern hotel. All our rooms have en-suite facilities as well as a television, hair dryer, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.


  • En-suite and WC
  • Television
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

Local Attractions

Some guests book rooms at The Ship and Castle just to enjoy the view. Local walking trails are enough to occupy multiple days, and you can while away many an hour as you watch the boats in the harbour. Should you wish to travel around Cornwall, and to take in a few more sights, then you’ll have no trouble finding attractions to suit your interests.

You might like to experience the local trade by going out on a boat and trying your hand at fishing. You might want to go on a short cruise to spot local wildlife, including birds and dolphins, or you might want to hire a kayak and get out and about on your own. Alternatively, you can travel to other Cornwall attractions from small museums to international venues.

St Mawes CastleSt. Mawes Castle
By far the most prominent attraction in St. Mawes, the castle is part of the Falmouth Fortress. It served a purpose in the English Civil War, but was actually built to protect from non-existent attacks in earlier history. It’s the sister of Pendennis Castle, and from each you can see the other. The grounds are lovely, perfect for a summer picnic, and the audio tour is the best way to learn about the castle and its history.

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Lamorran GardenLamorran House Gardens
The Lamorran Gardens were created in 1982, and include both native and tropical plants. Japanese and Mediterranean cultures have played a big part in the development of the gardens, and you’ll see various water features and a well-stocked koi pond. The garden offers a wonderful sensory experience, with bright colours and unusual floral scents. You can see the harbour at certain points, and will be able to view a variety of statues and rock formations.

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St Anthonys LighthouseSt. Anthony’s Lighthouse
People born in the 1970s and 1980s will probably have seen St. Anthony’s Lighthouse many times before. Yet, they wouldn’t know it. It regularly featured in the children’s TV show ‘Fraggle Rock’, and is a white lighthouse built in the early to mid 1800s. Still working today, the lighthouse is now fully automatic. During foggy weather, it’s also very loud.

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National Maritime MuseumNational Maritime Museum
On the edge of Falmouth Harbour, the National Maritime Museum celebrates life on the sea, both good and bad. Exhibits and interactive displays provide information about working on the sea, using it for power and how the waters can be enjoyed for leisure and play. You can learn about lighthouses, and the important roles they’ve played throughout history, and can see galleries of art. This is the world’s largest maritime museum.

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Eden ProjectThe Eden Project
Occasionally described as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, the Eden project is an internationally renowned Cornwall attraction. Huge globes house an extensive tropical garden, with rainforest biomes, and a ‘Rainforest Aerial Walkway’ which allows you to see the trees from above. As well as being a wonderful garden attraction, the Eden Project is ideal for art enthusiasts. Stone sculptures are dotted throughout, and art exhibitions are regularly held in ‘The Core’. Thrill-seekers can ride the country’s longest zip wire, and a regular calendar of events includes music concerts from world-famous bands and solo artists. 

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The Waterfront,
St Mawes,
Telephone: 01326 270 401

By Car

It’s easy to get to the Ship and Castle. Follow the A30 to Cornwall, and then travel along the A391 as you follow signs to St. Austell. Look out for a sign to Hewswater, and turn right onto the A390 just after you’ve passed it. From there, turn left on to the B3287 to Tregony, and left at the end of the road. You’ll now be on the A3078, where you can follow signs to St. Mawes.

Car Parking

As with many St Mawes Hotels, The Ship and Castle Hotel does not have a car park. A public car park is located nearby, where parking charges apply.

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By Train

The nearest railway station is Truro, approximately 15 miles from the hotel.


Food Hygiene 5 Star With two dining areas, and a menu that changes every day, the Ship and Castle’s restaurant is a wonderful place to dine. Traditional favourites and modern meals are served in a spacious, bright environment with large windows facing out to the harbour. You’ll find that the menu includes many seafood choices. Vegetarian options and meat dishes are available, and you’ll be unable to resist an ice cream, coffee or traditional British dessert to finish your meal.

Sample Table D'hôte Menu


Cod Goujons
Cod pieces, battered and deep fried and served with a homemade tartare sauce

Tomato and Herb Soup (v)
A blend of tomato and herbs busting with flavour

Classic Caesar Salad (v)
Crispy leaves, egg and fresh croutons finished with Parmesan and caesar dressing

Main Course

Poached Fillet of Plaice
Served with a mushroom, white wine and cream sauce and buttered new potatoes

Roasted Vegetable Bake (v)
Herb roasted vegetables served with a rich tomato sauce and finished with a ciabatta crust, served with buttered new potatoes

Beef and Horseradish Casserole
Served with herb dumpling, red cabbage and roast potatoes


Bread and Butter Pudding
A traditional pudding served with custard

Classic Sherry Trifle
With lashing of cream

A selection of Ice Cream
Served with a crispy wafer

Freshly brewed Douwe Egberts Coffee and Mints

Why not upgrade?
To improve your dining experience and give you more choice we have introduced an à la carte menu to supplement our Table D'hôte offering. Guests staying on any of our half board package breaks are now able to upgrade to our à la carte menu for a reduced rate. Bon appetit.
Meal Times

Monday to Friday 7.30am to 9am
Saturday and Sunday 8am to 10am

Monday to Sunday 6.30pm to 8pm


The Ship And Castle Hotel

The Ship and Castle stands in an idyllic location, looking out over the Percuil River. Small boats pass by, and are easily seen from the front-facing bedrooms that offer harbour views.  Some of the hotel’s rooms look out over the water, with their own private balconies. Pour yourself a glass of wine and spend an evening looking out over the harbour, watching a myriad of lights as they dance on the water’s surface. Few hotels are more romantic, or more conveniently situated.

St. Mawes could be described as a picturesque Cornish hidden gem, where historic buildings stand on rocky cliffs and where traditional white buildings include friendly pubs and seafood restaurants. Yet, the town is far from being ‘hidden’ as it’s located opposite Falmouth, with short boat rides regularly providing travel between the two. Coastal paths surround the area, and are perfect for afternoon walks, whilst local attractions suit all ages and interests and include the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the subtropical Lamorran House Gardens.


  • 24 hour Reception
  • Well stocked bar
  • The View Cafe
  • Check in time 3 pm
  • Check out time 10 am
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas

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Photograph of Paul, Hotel Manager of The Ship And Castle Hotel Hotel

Paul, Hotel Manager

A Warm Welcome To The Ship And Castle Hotel…

Tucked away in the heart of the quiet fishing village of St. Mawes, where open sea meets the Fal and Percuil estuaries, The Ship and Castle Hotel boasts panoramic views of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The historic town of Falmouth is just a 20 minute ferry ride away, or for more adventurous seafarers, Truro is a scenic hour’s ferry trip up the estuary. After a long day exploring the coastal paths our comfortable lounge and bar are ideal for sitting back and watching the local yachts and working fishing boats.

If you are looking for a truly special break away, some of our Superior rooms have the additional benefit of a balcony. Perfect for enjoying your morning coffee in the Cornish sunshine.


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What some of our guests have to say…

Customer Rating:

The staff were extremely courteous and very helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The food was excellent, with very varied menus both for breakfast and evening dinner. The bar manager was very helpful and friendly. The hotel itself was very clean and comfortable, with a modern ambience and decor. Our room, which was round the side with a corner view of the lovely harbour, was clean and comfortable, a shame that the window did not open! We would certainly stay there again. Thank you.

Witherspoom North East
Customer Rating:

We stayed during the week when the GB Olympic Rowing Team visited to challenge the Cornish female Gig Rowers. What a brilliant day! We had a great view from the balconies of rooms 119 and 120 and watched the whole event from there and cheered along with the local spectators. It was the high point of a great week's holiday in a great hotel with great staff and nicely cooked food.

Mark Wooster Swindon
Customer Rating:

Stayed with friends in rooms 119 and 120. Fantastic views across the harbour, only problem being the lock on room 119 patio door was broken on arrival so we were unable to open it during our stay. Very friendly waiters in restaurant, food good, room clean, comfortable bed. Will be taking more holidays with Coast and Country. Excellent value for money.

Di Balding Wolverhampton

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