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Tintagel Castle, Tintagel

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The legendary birthplace of King Arthur, Tintagel Castle rests on a peninsula with a lookout over the Atlantic Ocean. Legend has it that Arthur was conceived here, after Merlin cast a spell to make King Uther look like Arthur's mother's husband Gorlois for one night. A stone with a Latin inscription thought to be Arthur's name found at the site is thought to give the legend some credence. All that is left of the castle are ruins of its walls, but these are enough to create a magical setting for sea views. Take the rugged coastal walk to see the castle and surrounding hills. Sample locally sourced crab-cake sandwiches and fresh fish and chips at the cafe. For Tintagel Castle and beyond, use our Tintagel online trip planner to get the most from your Tintagel vacation.
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  • This place looks like another planet with the cliffs and the sea so close. The kids liked to imagine how it was and wonder how could families live there. It is very well maintained, clean.  more »
  • Firstly I will say if your disabled or ill health you will not be able to walk the amazing paths. In saying that, if you are, it is steeped in history. Spend time and read the information boards on th...  more »
  • Interesting walk with stunning views. Would have been great to access beach and admire the falls and cave, sadly storm damage meant it was closed. Still plenty to explore through castle. Loads of stop...  more »
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  • This is a must see and absolutely loved this place. It is rugged and cold and exposed and makes you wonder why on earth they would live in such a place but they did. The overall set up is great and you can spend hours wandering around and exploring the beautiful scenery and history. Like Stonehenge this is an English Heritage site and if a member it is included in your membership. There are step hills and many steps but the effort is worth it with the views that you’ll see. Also make sure you do go and see the knight, it is a marvelous statue and quite the stunning piece of art. Also if you can’t bring yourself to walk up the hill after you are done then there is a land rover that will take you back up for a small fee. There is parking right next to the Cornish bakery but it does fill up quick and you’ll need coins to pay for the parking.
  • Something really special about this place. To go on the castle site itself it's really only suitable for able bodied people as it involves a lot of steps or steep inclines up hill.. So not suitable for wheelchairs or those who struggle. For those who can make it though the views are breathtaking. Will definitely come back here...
  • Astonishing views. Wonderful experience. Had a walk around the ruins and the surrounding area. Lovely place to spend a sunny day, though it was cloudy when I went. Two small beaches at the side. And walking trails on the top that take you around the coast line, just be careful with the edge!
  • Such an amazing setting and place, great for family and friends. The local cliff walks are a highlight and if you enjoy epic scenery this is the place for you. ALL DAY parking in tintagel is about a fiver and there's plenty to see, eat, drink and do in the village, castle and surrounding area. Well worth the visit.
  • Absolutely stunning views, as can be found in much of the surrounding area. Lots of interesting information to read - there isn't a great deal of the castle left, so you have to use your imagination a bit! The only issue we had is that it is not a great place to take small children, the main reason being that most of the site is at the top of sheer cliff faces, or at least very steep drops, with nothing stopping you walking right over the edge. Barriers everywhere would certainly spoil the appearance of the place, so you just need to be prepared to hold onto any little ones you have for most of the time you are there. Also there are a lot of steep steps, some of which didn't feel very safe, so certainly not somewhere to take pushchairs/wheelchairs. We did really enjoy though.
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