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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. Plan to visit Tintagel Castle during your Tintagel vacation using our convenient Tintagel trip generator.
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  • Mythical home of King Arthur, Tintagel Castle is perched upon a cliff in West Cornwall, but barely...climb the nearly 600 steps and get a great view if the sea and surroundings from this 13c. marvel, ...  more »
  • You have probably worked it out already, there are a lot of steps! I am not particularly fit but I managed one side fairly easily. My gym junkie husband did the other half while I headed to town via t...  more »
  • On a sunny day Tintagel Castle is absolutely stunning. It is not only a terrifically interesting place to walk around but the views from the headland along the coast in either direction are outstandin...  more »
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  • Wonderful views, intrigue, mystery and a fascinating beach. If the tea room expanded their range a bit it would be perfect. Don't miss walking on the nearby coastal paths. You might even spot an old Citroën in the weeds somewhere!
  • Tintagel Castle is reputed to be the childhood home of King Arthur. The castle is in ruins but is quite extensive with one part on an island accessible by bridge and the rest on the mainland adjacent. There are lots of steps to get up and down so not the best for those that are not as able bodied. We spent hours exploring the ruins and the island then ventured down to the beach to explore Merlin’s Cave were we spent even more time playing in the caves and we had to scramble back over the rocks as the tide came in so we wouldn't get wet. There was also a nice waterfall coming over the cliff which is also mentioned in many of the legends of the area.
  • Went on a very, very hot day. Glorious views, but unbelievably hard work to get up to, and frankly not much castle to look at. Recommend the shuttle land rover back up to the town.
  • Stunning scenery all around. Very steep walks so wear sensible footwear. Dog friendly although they are asked to stay on short leads due to the steep drops all around. Lovely day out.
  • Got parked o.k., need good boots to reach most areas around. The National Trust charge slot of money just to get in the castle area. Pity about that. Beautiful scenery.

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