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Tintagel Castle, Tintagel

Must see · Ruin · Mysterious Site
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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  • Having visited Tintagel once before, you had to be fit with all the paths and stairs to get to the island. With the new bridge in place, it makes a day out here so much better. A place well worth...  more »
  • We came here while on a mini break in Cornwall. It was during Covid and we pre-booked when we arrived in the car park. The walk down was pretty steep and feels even steeper on the way back up!! The...  more »
  • This place took my breath away it was the only place that i really wanted to visit in Cornwall and this was the reason for us holidaying down south. I was literally blown away by the history, the...  more »
  • An enigmatic and delightful day out for the entire family. Be prepared for lots of walking and steps, but the experience is absolutely worth it. Allow at least 3 hours to fully enjoy the castle views and beach. Advanced online booking recommended as it will fast track your entry to the site. Plenty of reasonable priced car parking available in Tintagel town center. Cafe and toilet facilities located by shop above beach area. Highly recommended!
  • Absolutely wonderful castle ruins with beautiful views for miles all around. A real adventure getting from one side to the other, but there are great footpaths to help. It’s preserved really well. The bridge was built just a couple of months ago and is stunning. Spent about an hour and a half walking around but could’ve easily been more if had more time. Great value for money. Would definitely recommend!
  • Just a brilliant day out. Well worth the mile long walk from the village... unless your kids get back to top before telling you they've forgotten something...
  • Fantastic experience going across the new bridge , very wet and windy but , we still walked across the new bridge. Breath taking views steeped in history and magical . Did not mind getting soaking wet and wind swept journey was worth it. Very steep paths to travel along to the bridge and journey is amazing following stairs up to the top and then winding stairs along area down to the beach. What a wonderful time we had but exhausting.
  • The new bridge is fabulous a thing of wonder. Amazing views and just the best experience. Lots of steps so need to be energetic. If you love history its a definite must place to visit.

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