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The Ship And Castle Hotel

St Mawes


Typical Superior Room
The Ship & Castle is a charming and individual hotel that features 54 en suite bedrooms that include a comfortable bed, television and tea and coffee making facilities as standard. With such a wonderful location, a number of the bedrooms naturally feature great views looking over the pretty harbour and river. Make your stay all the more special by choosing one of our Superior Rooms which offer a unique and rewarding upgrade. Don’t forget, if you have visited before you can also reserve your favourite room by number for just £10.
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 hairdryer, shaving point and tea and coffee making facilities for your convenience.


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

The Ship and Castle Standard Room

Our standard rooms are the perfect choice if you a looking for simple, crisp comfort. All our rooms have en suite facilities as well as a television, hairdryer, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.


  • En suite bathroom or shower room 
  • Television 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Tea and coffee making facilities 

Out & About

View of beach around the corner from the hotel
St Mawes is such a beautiful place that you might just want to come here for a peaceful break to admire the wonderful views and stroll around the charming village. You wouldn’t be the first. However, if you are looking for more out of your break, there is lots to see and do, and much of it is quite literally on the doorstep!

If you would like a ferry trip to Falmouth, to spend a few hours out on a fishing boat or even try your hand at a kayak, you can find all of these things just in front of the hotel. If you are keen to explore further afield, there are a number of pretty villages, cider farms and hidden beaches to discover on the Roseland peninsula. Further afield, you can discover many of the maritime and horticultural attractions that Cornwall is rightly famous for as an easy day trip. Check out some of the major nearby attractions below:

Festivals and Events

Festivals and Events

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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. Visit their website

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. Visit their website 

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. Visit their website 

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. Visit their website

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. Visit their website



The Waterfront,
St Mawes,
Telephone: 01326 270 401

Driving Directions

Click Here to view easy directions to The Ship & Castle

By Car

Use the directions above or put our postcode into your Sat Nav.

Alternatively, if you are coming by road follow the A30 to Cornwall, and then take 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

Due to our location on the quay and town centre, The Ship and Castle Hotel does not have its own car park. However, a large public car park is conveniently located nearby, where parking charges apply. There are also a few short stay parking spaces along the seafront.

By Train

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



The Ship & Castle offers a wonderful place to enjoy a meal. The large windows in our restaurant face out to the harbour meaning that morning and evening you can enjoy the ever-changing view of watercraft coming and going as you dine. Breakfasts are a hearty affair to start the day with a great choice of cooked options alongside cereals, toast and tea and coffee. With a daily changing dinner menu, our table d’hôte option offers traditional favourites served alongside modern classics in a modern, spacious, environment. The varied menu will usually offer something from the sea, as well as meat and vegetarian options. There is always a selection of traditional desserts or cheese to finish your meal followed by a coffee. During the day, why not pop into the View Cafe, directly below us, for a spot of lunch or a tasty snack.

Enjoy a la carte dining

A three course table d’hôte dinner menu is offered as standard with all of our half board breaks. If you would like a wider choice at dinner you are welcome to choose from our a la carte menu for a small supplement. Each dish has a different supplement which is displayed on the menu.

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

Food Hygiene 5 Star
Meal Times

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

Monday to Sunday 6.30pm to 8pm


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This hotel is ideal for:

  • Walking
  • Food
  • Gardens
  • Seaside

The Ship And Castle Hotel

If you are looking for a hotel stay in the best location in St Mawes, then look no further than the Ship & Castle. Our hotel sits right alongside the pretty harbour, overlooking the Percuil River and is centrally located for everything this pretty cornish village has to offer. Inside, the hotel has been designed and decorated around a charming nautical theme and beautiful river views abound, whether you’re relaxing in the bar or dining in the restaurant. A number of the bedrooms also look out over the water and some have their own private balconies. Pour yourself a glass of wine and while away an evening watching as a myriad lights from the little harbour boats dance on the water’s surface. Idyllic. Read More

St Mawes is a picture-postcard Cornish fishing village sat on the tip of the beautiful Roseland peninsula. With higgledy-piggledy whitewashed houses, winding lanes and great little local shops, eateries and pubs to discover, it is ideal for a leisurely break. Enjoy scenic walks along charming coastal paths or seek out a pretty hidden beach (there are a number!). If you are looking to explore more of Cornwall, Falmouth is reached by a short ferry crossing, with Truro just a little further. For nature lovers, the subtropical gardens of Lamorran, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the inspiring Eden Project are all within easy reach.

At a Glance

  • 54 Bedrooms
  • Quayside location
  • Panoramic views
  • Charming nautical design
  • Well stocked bar with great views
  • 24 hour Reception
  • Check in time 3 pm
  • Check out time 10 am
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas

Get in touch

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

Laurie, 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.


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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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We know that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Our professional and dedicated team will be by your side every step of the way, and can advise on everything to help bring your dream wedding reception to life. On the day itself our friendly team will ensure everything runs seamlessly with meticulous attention to detail, leaving you free to treasure each precious moment.


There's nothing quite like having all your favourite people together to celebrate your special day, and with 54 charming bedrooms we offer a variety of accommodation to suit your guests’ requirements. A number of our bedrooms look out over the water, and some have their own private balco-nies with incredible views. Everyone will love the hotel’s charming nautical theme, and whether you’re relaxing in the bar or dining in the restaurant the beautiful river views are sure to help you create memories which will last a lifetime. 

We do advise that you contact us with your requirements as soon as possible. We are flexible and happy to discuss any requirements you may have in greater detail to ensure we take the stress out of organising your special day. Please use the form below to contact us directly or give us a call on 01326 270 401 so we can discuss how to make your day perfect.

We offer a wide range of wedding packages available to suit all requirements and we’d love to meet you to discuss your needs for your perfect day. We are hosting a range of Wedding Fairs and Open evenings throughout the year where you will be able to view our hotel and facilities all set for the perfect wedding, and we can take the opportunity to answer any questions you may have.

If you’d like to attend one of our open evenings or wedding fairs please contact our friendly team to confirm times on 01326 270 401   

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