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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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  • It's a bit of a walk, or you make use of the land rover you can bring and or make up for 2 pound pp. You need some stairs but then you see what say. Really fantastic to be up there and experience how the castle was there. What a height.
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  • We were lucky with the weather, sunny and not too strong wind! Beautiful scenes! If we would have more time, could spend there all day, just relaxing!!  more »
  • Wonderful place. First went here in the 70s but keep going back. Will wear you out with all the walking though!  more »
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  • I enjoyed a lovely trip to Tintagel Castle. Whilst the wind whips up a fury, you can stand atop the island and wonder who these people were to build a castle on such a spot. Or you can marvel at the stunning views, particularly out over the Atlantic ocean. Tintagel castle is well worth the money. English heritage are improving facilities and you can see where they've spent our money, as it is well maintained through out. Although there is usually a land rover service to and from the cove, there is a lot of steps to climb up and down. I suggest you wrap up warm and wear suitable shoes for this journey. There is a cafe and a gift shop in the cove. The statue on the island is also worth visiting, if you have enough leg power left once you are on the island
  • I'm not a big fan of castles - I usually find them full of artificial upholstery, you can't touch anything and they're musty. Tintagel Castle is a ruin with wonderful views. There isn't much of the castle standing - think foundations with a few door arches, however, there's a lot of scenery around the castle. We hiked most of the paths around, up and down steep stairs and had a great time exploring the area. I'd definitely recommend if you're more into scenery than you are castles. The cafe is good, too, with a few vegan options. It's a great place to come for a view and a bit of contemplation.
  • I was expecting castle ruins but a better description would probably be "few blocks from a castle that was probably there years ago". Absolutely not worth the £10. I would advice to visit the stunning area around the castle (beaches, caves, hills). These are all beautiful and free! If you really do want to see the "castle", just hike 5 min to the top of the hill
  • A magical place to visit and get close to the legend of King Arthur. It's a good walk down to the site but it's worth it. If you are not used to walking or your legs are a bit dodgy I would advise paying extra and taking the land-rover back up the hill.
  • Loved it. Superb views, lots to keep you interested. Lots of steps, some very steep and hard work. Keeps you fit though. Keep kids close because very steep an shear drops all around with limited fencing. Most is Not wheelchair friendly. Very worth a visit

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