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Tintagel Castle, Tintagel
(4.4/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to visit Tintagel Castle during your Tintagel vacation using our convenient Tintagel trip generator.
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  • This site is stunning - you have to deserve it as the climbs are epic, but so worth it. You are transported back in time and through fascinating legends. Very enjoyable. Special mention for the onsite...  more »
  • A good day out and entry is not too bad as I would imagine the upkeep is costly! The scenery at this place is amazing and the coffee shop place and museum/shop is interesting. If you do go, expect to ...  more »
  • Be warned - there are no signs describing the very steep descent to the ticket office and no suggestion of an easier way back up, even though we did manage to find a trail back that did not require re...  more »
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  • Views are beautiful. Even with the sun you can see out all around the castle. If you can get there a good day though its better. Lots of uneven stairs to get up to the castle, so not great for those with mobility issues. You can still get to the gift shop/cafe with a lovely view our to the coast without needing to pay, and without having to navigate the stairs.
  • Friendly staff at the ticketing office. Reasonable pricing. Walking shoes needed for the castle, plenty of steps to climb. Merlin's cave was a treat, managed to walk through to the other end, although some parts were a little tricky due to water and slippery rocks. Also saw a seal in the bay which seamed to be watching everyone on the sand. Nice day out.
  • Great day out with 2 x 11 year old kids plus a dog. You need to prepare to climb a lot of steps but it was great exercise
  • A must visit if you're in Cornwall. Be prepared for lots of walking and steps...but it's worth it! Real English heritage and some wonderful vistas. The village of Tintagel has some lovely public houses for food and drink. Plenty of souvenir shops. And several bakeries selling HUGE traditional Cornish pasties.
  • I thought the prices were a bit steep, but the views were beautiful. In hindsight I would have not paid upfront, and simply walked around the adjacent headland walk appreciating the views from the other headland. Then if I really wanted to I would have bought a ticket at the entry to the bridge, to go into the ruins of the castle itself.