Photo: Pam Brophy

Long associated with King Arthur, this early medieval castle is enough to inspire fables all by itself. Perched on a rocky peninsula overlooking part of the Atlantic Ocean known as the Celtic Sea, Tintagel is a place where myth and legend come alive!

Explore the craggy, beautiful Cornish countryside from the windswept bluff on which Tintagel sits. Climb up to the ruins of the castle on the narrow island it sits on for glorious views over the coastline.

Don’t miss the short film about the legend of King Arthur before you explore the ruins of Tintagel Castle. Though there is presently no historical basis for the belief that Tintagel is King Arthur’s birthplace, it’s up to you to decide! It is also home to the legend of the tragic lovers, Tristan and Isolde. Many say that Tintagel is one of the most romantic places in the UK, with its beautiful walks along the Cornish coast, dazzling vistas, and rich history.

Admire the massive fortifications and waterfall that flows from the green pastures over a steep cliff. You can walk freely around the headlands and explore the site. Take a picnic and settle in the grassy headlands to watch cows graze and admire the incredible views from Tintagel.

Walk from the castle ruins down to the beach to walk through Merlin’s cave and to dip your toes in the perfect turquoise waters of the Cornwall coast. See if you can find the tunnel at Tintagel. Can you figure out what it was used for? Tintagel Castle is a great for a day out exploring green pastures, windy bluffs, and dazzling sand beaches.


Bossiney Road, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE
Tel: 01840 770328
Times: April – September, daily, 10.00 – 18.00
October, daily, 10.00 – 17.00
November – March, Saturday & Sunday, 10.00 – 16.00