Pentillie Castle and the surrounding gardens are situated on a promontory of land high above the Cornish banks of the River Tamar. The land slopes steeply down towards the Tamar on the north, east and south.
The approach driveway from Paynters Cross and the American Gardens rise above the castle to the west
Because of the steepness of the ground surrounding the castle some areas are difficult to reach in a wheelchair or independently by those with limited mobility. Pentillie staff are available, and will guide or assist anyone in need of help.
Disabled access to the grounds
Wheelchair access is restricted to some areas immediately surrounding the castle. There are also some steps between the terraces and in the gardens without handrails that some people may find difficult.
Access during the Festival of Speed
The main drive to the Castle will be used for the hill climb and will therefore only be open to competitors and official traffic.
The main spectator car parks are high above the Castle and involve a walk through the park of over half a mile and then along paths through the gardens, which are steep in places with some steps that do not have handrails.
Disabled parking is available just inside the main gates at Paynters Cross and from there a mini-bus, with wheelchair access, will be available to transfer passengers to the Castle at approximately 30 minute intervals, between hill climb runs.
We very much regret this restriction, which is essential for safety reasons, and also that it will not be possible to provide private vehicle access to the Castle, Quay or Bottom Paddock.
Please note that no animals are permitted at the event site. There will also be no shading in car-park areas.