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A place of legend


Steeped in magic and mystery, Tintagel’s connection with King Arthur has made the area popular with tourists, artists, and writers for centuries. Situated on a dramatic coastline pounded by the Atlantic, there’s much more to offer than just legends.


The land of Arthur

Tintagel’s association with King Arthur can be traced back to Geoffrey of Monmouth’s book ‘History of the Kings of Britain’, written sometime in the first half of the 12th century. According to the book Tintagel Castle was the home of Uther Pendragon, Arthur’s father. Over the years countless other authors have created their own versions of the story, introducing us to Merlin, Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table.

How much truth is there in it, that’s up to you to decide. But we challenge anybody to not come away from Tintagel without feeling some of the magic.

A wild coastline

The rugged Cornish coast, in and around Tintagel, offer stunning views and equally stunning, if tough, walking. The South West Coast Path leads you along the cliffs, passing close to Tintagel's abandoned slate quarries, where men worked precariously on narrow ledges above the boiling sea. Going east brings you to Rocky Valley leading inland to the mystical St Nectan’s Glen, whilst going west a mile or so, you will reach Trebarwith Strand.

Here at low tide there’s a lovely beach to explore, but time it wrong and all you will find is a rocky foreshore and views offshore to Gull Rock.


Tintagel is a real landmark in history, with an immersive aura that will transport you right back to the time of King Arthur. And yet, even without the history, Tintagel stands up as one of the most breathtaking locations in all Cornwall simply as it is.

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For a magical day out take the family to Tintagel Castle. Set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offering dramatic views.

Plan your trip

Everything you need to know about getting to Tintagel.

From the M5 at Exeter take the A30 until a few mile east of Launceston. Turn off onto the A395 following it to the A39. From here follow signs to Tintagel.

There are multiple pay and display car parks in the village.

The main bus serving Tintagel is the 95 bus, which runs between Bude and Wadebridge via Boscastle and Camelford. (Summer 2022)

The nearest train station to Tintagel is Bodmin Parkway, about 16 miles away. You can journey by bus from there, but it requires changing in Wadebridge.

There is no access to the castle or surroundings by vehicle (apart from a LandRover that operates a service down to the Visitor Centre and cafe in season)

You have to park in the village and walk to the bridge where your entry to the castle starts.. Th walk to the entrance is usually around 20-30 minutes, English Heritage recommend arriving early as the car parks in the village can get very busy in the main season.

Yes, it's all part of the castle experience. An adult ticket is £14.80 (2022) or free to English Heritage members.

Yes, but you probably need to be interested in King Arthur and mythology. There are other things to see, the old post office, the clifftop church and the spectacular coastline, but the shadow of the King is always lurking over your shoulder.

Many believe so, and who would we be to argue? Like any legend, there's sure to be some truth in the story, but it's very difficult to prove anything.

A visit to Tintagel is a great way to discover the myths and legends and make your own mind up.

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Things to do in Tintagel – 12 Epic Attractions

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Looking for the best things to do in Tintagel, Cornwall? You’ve come to the right place! In this guide, I share all the must-see Tintagel attractions alongside all of my top tips for visiting.

If you’re looking for unique locations to visit in Cornwall, Tintagel should be at the top of your list.

Before our road trip around Cornwall, we hadn’t even heard of Tintagel. However, it ended up being one of the highlights of our trip.

An unassuming village steeped in history & legend, we fell in love with its mysterious nature and cinematic landscapes.

Many visitors come on a day trip to see the famous Tintagel Castle, unaware of all the other Tintagel attractions worth sticking around.

So let’s jump into it and look at all the best things to do in Tintagel.

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Things to do in Tintagel - 12 Epic Attractions

You can jump on ahead if you’re looking to get to the best things to do in Tintagel. But otherwise, here are some valuable tips ahead of visiting.

Getting to Tintagel

You’ll find Tintagel on the Northern Coast of Cornwall.  

It’s around a 40-minute drive from Padstow, 50-minutes from Newquay, and 35-minutes from Bodmin.

If you’re driving around Cornwall, keep in mind that many of the roads are narrow country lanes. 

This likely won’t cause too much trouble if you’re coming by car. Although, in a campervan or a larger vehicle, you might find some areas tricky to navigate.

We had a few hairy moments when driving our campervan in Cornwall. But so long as you take it easy on the roads, you’ll be just fine.

If you want to avoid the roads, coaches run from most major cities around the UK, and there are trains from Paddington to several stations in Cornwall.

Places to See Tintagel

Best Time to Visit Tintagel

To fully enjoy all that Tintagel has to offer, you’ll want to visit when it’s warm and dry.

Any time between late May to mid-September offers a fair chance of good weather. 

But, this is the UK, so we must always prepare for wet and rainy days.

July & August tend to be the hottest and driest months in Cornwall. But since this is also when the kids are off school, most places get busier and more expensive.

We visited Tintagel in September, just after the school holidays. It was relatively busy but not unbearably so, and the weather was perfect!

Getting Around Tintagel

Tintagel itself is relatively compact, so you can easily get to most of the attractions on this list on foot. 

Having said that, the rugged coastal landscapes might be a challenge for less abled visitors. There are lots of steeps hills and uneven surfaces.

To get to some of the other things to do near Tintagel, you’ll need to use your car or public transport.

 The 595 bus takes you to Wadebridge or Bude, where you can make connections to other popular locations in Cornwall.


Parking in Tintagel

There are various pay and display car parks in Tintagel village, and pricing is very reasonable.

Most also allow overnight parking, which is great if you have a motorhome or campervan.

On the higher end of the scale, you’re looking at around £4-5 for the day or £8-10 for an overnight stay.

However, we found a gem of a spot on the far end of Atlantic Road that was just £3 for the day and £5 overnight. (Cash only in an honesty box)

Where to Stay in Tintagel

If you’re camping in Tintagel , I highly recommend the parking spot I mentioned above.

Not only is it super cheap, but it’s close to all the top things to do in Tintagel and boasts stunning coastal views.

While there are no facilities in the car park, it’s just a 5-minute walk to town and public toilets.

Otherwise, you can use the map below to find and compare local accommodations in the area.

If you want to check out the local hotels as well, you can do so here.  Or use the Map below to see all your options​:

Things to do in Tintagel

Now for the exciting part! Time to look at all the interesting and fun things to do in and around Tintagel.

Tintagel Castle

1. Tintagel Castle

It makes sense to kick off the list with Tintagel’s most famous attraction –  Tintagel Castle .

Safeguarded by English Heritage, this historical site is one of great fascination. It’s a place where history meets legend and nature meets art.

From the early medieval buildings and dramatic scenery to its literary fame as King Arthur’s birthplace, there’s a lot to get excited about when exploring Tintagel castle.

Wandering the grounds feels like a real adventure, and you can’t help but sense a touch of magic and mystery in the air.

Tintagel Bridge

One of the highlights for us was crossing over the footbridge to the island. With cinematic coastline all around, you get a sense of what it was like all those centuries ago.

My only peeve about visiting the castle is that it’s pretty expensive. At £14.50 for adults and £8.70 for children, it can soon add up for families.

For history buffs who want to get closer to the ruins and the island’s history, the price tag is undoubtedly worth it. 

But, if it’s more the scenery you’re interested in, you can get equally great views along the SW Coastal Path. 

One other thing worth noting is that the castle gets very busy during peak times, so booking in advance is recommended.

Secret Beach & Merlins Cave

2. Secret Beach & Merlins Cave

Beneath the cliffscape of Tintagel Castle lay a secret beach and, more importantly, the entrance to Merlins Cave.

Merlin was a prominent character in the Arthurian Tales. Legend has it that he was the wizard responsible for King Arthurs’s conception.

Not in your typical birds and the bees kinda way, though, more by magic and sorcery means.

You can visit the secret beach and Merlins cave during low tide. At high tide, both can barely be seen.

The best part is, they are completely free to visit! Many think you need a ticket to visit Merlins Cave, but that’s not the case at all.

Just before you cross over the footbridge to the island, there’s a pathway that leads down to the beach. It’s pretty steep and uneven, though, so take extra care.

Barras Nose

3. Barras Nose

For equally fantastic views as those on the island, I recommend the short walk to Barras Nose viewpoint.

This spot can be an excellent alternative for those on a budget since you can see over to the island. Even if it is at a distance.

The walk is perhaps only 10-15 minutes from the castle footbridge; however, expect to want to take plenty of photos on route.

We also discovered that Barras Nose is the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

Coastal Walks

4. Coastal Walk

The spectacular views don’t end there. 

Continue the coastal path for as long as your feet will allow for some of the most dramatic coastlines in all of the UK.

We walked from Tintagel to Rocky Valley. An utterly enchanting route encountering craggy coastline, sandy beaches, hidden coves, and old ruins.

Nonetheless, it’s a rough and rugged path, with steep climbs and uneven terrain. Please take extra care when navigating, and I would recommend avoiding high winds.

Bossiney Cove

5. Bossiney Cove

Along the coastal path on route to Rocky Valley, we came across Bossiney Cove. 

A beautiful secluded beach with dazzling golden sand, it was the perfect spot to stop and take a breather.

The route down to this beach is rather precarious in places. Although there are ropes in place to make descending and ascending easier.

You’ll also want to plan your visit for when it’s low tide, as the beach gets submerged in water at high tide. 

Rocky Valley

6. Rocky Valley

We concluded our coastal walk at Rocky Valley, where a river meanders its way out to sea.

Follow the river along into the valley, and you’ll end up in a beautiful wooded glen. 

Here is a truly beautiful place to explore, with rock pools, mini waterfalls, various trails, and even some old ruins and carvings.

If you don’t want to walk the coastal path, nearby parking is opposite  Trevillet Mill Holiday Cottages . 

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7. St. Materiana's Church

In the opposite direction along the coastal path from Tintagel is St. Materiana’s Church.

Perched high atop Glebe Cliff, the church sits in a scenic location with a picturesque graveyard and interesting history.

The church dates back to the 11th century, and several noteworthy memorials tell the story of its past.

If you find yourself with time to spare, you won’t regret visiting this calm and beautiful spot. 

8. King Arthurs's Halls

If you’re keen to learn more about the legend of King Arthur, you can’t miss a tour of King Arthur’s Halls.

On the outside, the halls don’t look like much. You might be tempted to give it a miss –  But don’t!  

It’s a truly magnificent place to walk around, from the theatrical decor and stained glass windows to the great hall and its huge granite throne.

Not only that, there’s a wonderful opening light show that tells the Arthurian legend in a thoroughly enjoyable and creative way.

I highly recommend this place as one of the best things to do in Tintagel – especially with little ones! 

Old Post Office

9. The Old Post Office

Continuing with the whimsical feel of the town, we have The Old Post Office.

A charming topsy-turvy building from the 14th century, the wonky structure appears to belong in a fairy tale. 

It’s made even more impressive by the landscaped gardens, and it really stands out as you walk through the village.

Unfortunately, we were too late to book a tour of the inside; however, I’m sure it would be worth doing if the exterior is anything to go by.

Tintagel Village

10. Tintagel Village

One of our favourite things to do in Tintagel was to simply meander around the village.

Especially in the mornings before the crowds, you really get to appreciate the quaintness and charm of the town.

We adored the quirky little shops selling all kinds of interesting souvenirs. The local bakeries serving delicious baked goods. And, of course, the various traditional pubs that scatter the town.

I know I’ve said it before, but Tintagel feels like something out of a fairy tale. I know I will return time and time again.

St Nectans Glen

11. St Nectan's Glen

Beautiful St Nectan’s Glen should not be missed off your list of things to do in Tintagel.

A stunning woodland trail running alongside a sleepy river, it’s an idyllic spot where you can relax and connect with nature. 

If you’re lucky, you might even spot a fairy or two!

The reward at the end of the glen is a magnificent waterfall that many believe to be sacred. You’ll find colourful ribbons, crystals, and stone piles that visitors leave as offerings.

The glen is located a short 5-minute drive out of town, or you can also get there on foot via scenic public footpaths.

Ask in the village for directions on foot, as the road is dangerous to walk on.

The Cornish Bakery

12. The Cornish Bakery

For such a small village, I was surprised to find so many lovely places to eat in Tintagel.

Since we cook most nights in the van, we didn’t try as many places as I would have liked.

However, we did grab a pastie from the Cornish Bakery, which was absolutely delicious!

With lovely light and fluffy pastry with a generous helping of filling, it was up there as one of the best we’ve had! Perfect for a light lunch or afternoon snack.

Enjoy These Things to do in Tintagel!

That concludes our list of must-see attractions in Tintagel. I hope you’ve found it helpful and that you have a wonderful time exploring.

We love hearing from you! If you have any questions or feel that we’ve missed anything, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment in the comment section.

Stay adventurous and happy travels.

Charlotte & Natalie


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How to visit Tintagel Castle: what to see and where to park!

A place of Arthurian legend, Tintagel Castle is one of the must-visit destinations in Cornwall.

It’s seeping with Medieval history, being the place of inauguration of kings, but it is also steeped in legend, as it is allegedly King Arthur’s birthplace. This blog post will show you how to visit Tintagel Castle – and whether I think it’s worth seeing! 

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About the Castle

View of Tintagel coastline and Camelot hotel

One of the most historical Medieval Castles in not just Cornwall, but the whole of Britain, Tintagel is a fascinating place to visit on your trip to Cornwall . 

The castle was initially a place of residence for kings of Cornwall. It was made popular again in the Medieval period when Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote that it was the place of legendary King Arthur’s birth.

In fact, it got so famous that Earl Richard of Cornwall built a 13th century castle there! 

If you are interested in historic sites, Tintagel Castle is a fascinating place to visit. let’s take a closer look at the history. 

Tintagel Castle history

Merlin statue at Tintagel

As mentioned, Tintagel is steeped in Arthurian legend – it is alleged to be where King Arthur himself was born! The jagged headland is also one of the country’s best world-famous prehistoric sites. 

During the 5th century to 7th century, Tintagel was a residence of Cornish kings and other regal figures. It was a popular trading post at the time, with people trading Cornish goods for Mediterranean wine and olive oil. Fragments of pottery from Italy and elsewhere in the Mediterranean have been found at Tintagel. 

Not much else is known about the castle residents around the 6th century, but the place sparked the imaginations of writers, particularly 12th-century writer Geoffrey of Monmouth.

He first claimed that the legendary figure King Arthur was conceived and gave the place some connections to Merlin. 

Due to this newfound literary fame, Richard Earl of Cornwall decided to build a new Medieval settlement on the jagged headland in the 1230s, mainly just to have the prestige of owning somewhere where King Arthur was born. He didn’t visit all that much – it could be quite foreboding – but he seemed to enjoy living as the ancient king would have. 

The castle didn’t exist as a Cornish stronghold for long – by the 16th century, it fell into decline. However, during the 19th century, people once again got more interested in the mythical associations of the castle. When tourism was getting more popular, more people decided to visit the castle and it opened as a tourist attraction. 

In the 21st Century, Tintagel is owned by the English Heritage and remains one of the most popular tourist spots to visit in Cornwall. With interesting archaeological and natural features, it sees countless tourists every month. Recently, the Tintagel bridge has opened as a special path to provide people with a dramatic crossing from the adjacent mainland. 

Where is Tintagel Castle? 

view of coast from Tintagel

Tintagel Castle is technically located on its own island – Tintagel Island! However, this is just a short walk from Tintagel village, located on the North Coast of Cornwall, and it is connected to the mainland. It’s a popular spot on a Cornwall road trip .

Tintagel Castle is a 35 minute drive from Bude , 25 minutes from Port Isaac , 15 minutes from Boscastle, 50 minutes from Padstow, an hour from Newquay and one hour 15 minutes from Plymouth. 

Its address is Castle Road, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE . However, you will need to park in Tintagel village, around a 20 minute walk from Tintagel Island.  

If you don’t have a car, the 95 bus goes to Tintagel Castle from Bude, Boscastle and Wadebridge.

Tintagel Castle parking

Ruins at Tintagel Castle

There is no car park at Tintagel Castle itself, but you can park in the village. There are a few pay and display car parks that you can use, but make sure that you leave enough time to find a space and to park. The English Heritage does not run these, and members still need to pay for parking. 

It takes around 20-30 minutes to walk down to Tintagel Castle from the car park, although if you don’t want to walk to the castle, there is a land rover drop off and collection service.  

Where to buy tickets? 

Tintagel Castle with people walking over bridge

Tintagel tickets are on sale on the English Heritage website . Tickets cost £17.00 for an adult, £15.20 for students and over 65s, and £10.10 for children.

You might be thinking this is quite a lot – and I would agree! You can read how to see some of the castle for free below, and my thoughts on whether Tintagel Castle is worth visiting if you are paying full price.

English Heritage Membership

If you plan to visit any other castles in Cornwall or elsewhere in the country, it is well worth considering an English Heritage membership.

Tintagel Castle is one of the more expensive English Heritage properties, but you’d more than make your money back if you went to Tintagel just four times in one year! 

Can I see the castle for free? 

If you think that tickets for Tintagel Castle are a bit on the pricey side… I agree with you.

You can’t walk around the actual castle for free, but you can take a stroll around the coastal footpath of Tintagel to see the castle from other angles.

This is entirely free to do, and you can also get some epic views of the coastline! 

See some more budget hacks for Tintagel Castle in my YouTube video!

Tintagel Castle opening times

Tintagel Castle is open from 10am to 6pm every day. Tickets must be pre-booked before visiting.

Tintagel Castle accessibility

Tintagel is, unfortunately, not very accessible. Due to the rocky landscape of the island, there are lots of uneven steps to go up and down, sometimes with no handrail. Therefore, I would regrettably not recommend Tintagel Castle to anybody with disabilities that mean that they cannot or have difficulty walking. 

Is Tintagel Castle dog friendly? 

Yes, you are allowed to take dogs around the castle. Dogs need to be kept on a lead at all times and make sure that you take plenty of water for them. 

Is there a Tintagel Castle cafe? 

Yes, there is a  beach cafe  on site that serves cream teas, Cornish seafood, and even Cornish rarebit! There are some veggie and gluten-free options as well. 

There is also a visitor centre and an interesting shop. 

How long do I need for Tintagel Castle? 

I’d say an hour is an average time to see Tintagel Castle. You might spend longer if you want to take in some of the epic coastal views, but you’ll be able to get around all of the ruins and read the plaques in an hour. 

Is it worth visiting Tintagel Castle? 

If you have an interest in historic England throughout the fifth and sixth centuries, as well as the Medieval period, Tintagel is worth a trip. It’s also interesting for anybody trying to piece together Cornish history. 

However, if you are just looking for places to visit in Cornwall , entry is quite expensive at around £17.00 per person. If you do not already have one, I would recommend an English Heritage membership, where you can save quite a lot of money. 

If you are just interested in the natural features of Tintagel, you could also consider just doing a walk around the coast path of the area for free. Make sure that you take a look at my Boscastle to Tintagel walk and Tintagel to Port Isaac walk guides!

View of the sea from Tintagel

Tintagel Castle may not be to everybody’s tastes, but if you’re interested in Medieval history and ancient legends, it’s definitely a must-do while you’re in Cornwall. With my tips, I hope you have a hassle-free and enjoyable visit!

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Tintagel Castle, Cornwall: The Legend of Merlin and King Arthur

Tintagel castle has been on my “must-see places in cornwall” list for several years. imbued with mythical tales of forbidden love, merlin and king arthur, and with royal linkage stemming back as far as the black prince, this medieval site has something for all the family..

the south west coastpath at Tintagel Castle showing a deep valley and a path with buildings

Tintagel is a village in north Cornwall on the Atlantic coast. Originally named, Trevena (which means “village on a mountain”), the main draw for those visiting is to see the ruins of Tintagel Castle. Owned and preserved by English Heritage, Tintagel Castle covers a vast amount of coastline. From an impressive and photogenic footbridge to Merlin’s Cave, there’s plenty to explore, discover and learn.

Before I share details of our visit, let me impart some valuable information about location, membership and parking (basically, the essentials).

Remains of Tintagel Castle with the sea and cliff in the background

Planning Your Visit to Tintagel Castle

Book your visit.

I’d recommend booking your tickets and time slot for Tintagel Castle online. This will guarantee your entry and is a good idea during peak season. We went in the height of summer and it was busy. Entry is free for English Heritage members.

I recently became a member of the Cornish Heritage Trust . It covers entry to English Heritage sites in Cornwall and is considerably cheaper in comparison.

If you’re not a member of either, adult entry to Tintagel Castle is £17.60 and £10.60 for a child, 5 and over (2022 prices, including donation).

the cliffs at Tintagel Castle with rocks and high tide

Parking for Tintagel Castle

There are a number of car parks in Tintagel village, all just a short walk from the entrance to the castle site and grounds. These are pay and display car parks which also cater for campervans and motorhomes. We used King Arthur’s Car Park (PL34 0DA). Having arrived early for our visit, there were plenty of spaces. I think I paid about £4 for about half a day.

the climb along the cliff on the north Cornish coast with the sea and blue sky

Accessibility and walking to Tintagel Castle

There’s a bit of a downhill stroll to the reception/kiosk for Tintagel Castle. This means there’s a strenuous uphill walk back to the village. There is a private landrover shuttle service available if you can’t quite face it.

Given the nature of the site and the location of Tintagel Castle, wheelchair access is limited. There is a comprehensive access guide on the English Heritage website.

blue sea and a sandy cove in Cornwall

Can you visit Tintagel Castle without paying?

You cannot visit the ruins without paying entry. However, you can walk on the surrounding land and coast path for free. I’m not sure you’ll be able to see much of what remains of the castle though.

What’s so special about Tintagel Castle?

Where do I start?

Apart from its precarious position, loitering on the edge of a cliff, Tintagel Castle is mostly known for being connected to King Arthur but there remains much dispute about his existence. If he lived at all, King Arthur is believed to have been around in the 6th Century.

Scepticism around King Arthur, Merlin, Camelot and the knights of the round table remain largely due to the lack evidence and “Dear Diary” entries from this period. Welsh texts from the 9th century mention an Arthur-type warrior figure who lived several hundred years before.

Jagged stone framing a view of the sea and Cornish coast

Many of the tales surrounding King Arthur are linked to the 12th Century writings of Geoffrey of Monmouth. He evolved characters, like Merlin, and elaborate stories, such as Uther Pendragon’s seduction of Queen Ygerna. Geoffrey Monmouth also wrote of Tintagel Castle being the place of the King’s conception. Other elements, like Camelot, are believed to have been added later.

True or not, King Arthur, Merlin and all the legendary tales make for a fantastic story. I don’t mind whether it’s fact, fiction, or a romanticised version of something that happened once. Such narratives only add to the mythical air surrounding Tintagel Castle. Plus, it’s good to keep us guessing, and talking, hundreds of years later.

Me and my 11 year old son visited Tintagel on one of the hottest days of the year. I planned to cover every location on offer but the lunchtime heat proved to be too much. We covered most of the site but skipped a few bits towards the end of our visit.

Let me take you round so you know what to expect.

the footbridge to the island where Tintagel Castle is in Cornwall

Tintagel Castle footbridge

The first landmark you come to as you enter the castle site is the famous footbridge. Completed in 2019, the Tintagel Castle footbridge replaced an original crossing that disappeared centuries before.

I consider the bridge to be a welcome addition to the castle grounds. It’s considerably wider than some photos had me believe and I felt totally safe walking across it (I’m not phased by walking across bridges but I know some people are). Using the footbridge saves taking the old route which involves loads of steps (there’s still some uphill sections and climbs involved in visiting the site). The bridge takes visitors to the top of the island where you can see the rest of the ruins and remains (there are lots!).

The long footbridge at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

The ancient castle door

If there’s one well known image connected to Tintagel Castle, it’s the ancient arched oak castle door. You’ll find it after you’ve crossed the bridge; it’s kind of randomly on the left. As we were early visitors, we managed to bag some pictures without queuing or interruption. People were lined up when we were making our way back though.

The door opens onto some wooden steps which lead down to a small rocky cove. At high tide there isn’t any beach or cove available to explore. But I’m sure it’s no less beautiful.

bright clear sea with golden rocks

Gallos sculpture of King Arthur

Gallos, the Cornish word for “power,” is definitely emulated in the impressive 8 foot bronze statue of King Arthur. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Rubin Eynon’s statue is a nod to Tintagel’s rich royal history beyond the myth of King Arthur.

The Gallos Sculpture of KIng Arthur at Tintagel Castle

The sculpture of King Arthur is, in my view, iconic. It’s one feature of Tintagel Castle that I wanted to see for myself. I think it’s clever and manages to capture something historical and classic, while also being contemporary in style. I like how there are missing elements to the bronze King Arthur, yet our mind’s eye fills in the gaps. Perhaps the gaps in the sculpture are a nod to the lack of certainty around King Arthur’s very existence (apologies for the analysis, it’s the psychologist in me!) The sculpture changes as you move around it too; it’s a bit like a visual illusion.

The Gallos sculpture is a popular photo location and we had to wait our turn to strike a pose with the King!

Merlin’s Cave

I intended on exploring Merlin’s Cave and timed our visit to Tintagel Castle to coincide with low tide to make this possible. However, the relentless summer heat left us flagging. Me and Henry decided we wouldn’t scale the steep steps down to the beach but stopped and appreciated the scenery. I wish I’d packed our swimmers, we could’ve done with cooling off in the sea.

shallow turquoise sea and grey rocks with a cave

Merlin’s Cave is said to have been the wizard’s home. There’s even an etching of Merlin carved into the cliff; another offering by artist, Rubin Eynon.

If you want to venture into Merlin’s Cave, do time your visit around tide times. At low tide you can walk through the cave to the other side. I’ve heard it’s quite rocky at the back though!

People in the sea near some rocks

More Places to Visit in Tintagel

While Tintagel Castle may be the village’s crowning glory, there are other places of interest to visit in and around the area.

One place I’d like to go, which has also received positive reviews is Tintagel Old Post Office . Owned by the National Trust, this pretty building is over 600 years old and has a sweet, appealing cottage garden. You can wander around the garden and walk around inside. I think I just fancy a stint in the post room!

Stepping outside of Tintagel village, and just a 15 minute drive away, is St Nectan’s Glen . I really, really want to go here. It’s meant to be quiet and scenic, plus the quieter months are wonderful for exploring Cornwall’s woodland. If that’s your thing too, you can find posts here on Idless Woods, near Truro , Cardinham (Bodmin), and Kennall Vale.

Have you been to TIntagel Castle? It’s definitely a place to learn more about the myths and legends associated with Cornwall.

If you like visiting places in Cornwall with rich storytelling and interesting tales, you’d probably like St Michael’s Mount in Marazion .

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A Trip to Camelot? Tips on Visiting Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, UK

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Are you planning on visiting Tintagel Castle, but unsure if it’s worth the money? Would you like to find out how Tintagel’s strong link to the legends of King Arthur and Camelot was born? Or, are you just browsing for some useful information prior to your visit?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, I hope this blog post will help you find the answers you’re looking for. We’ll share some useful information that you might want to consider before booking your ticket. We’ll also dive a bit into the rich history and legends that surround Tintagel Castle and inspired many people over the centuries.

If you’d like to see our Tintagel Castle adventures with some amazing drone footage then make sure to watch our YouTube video by  clicking here.  (Please note that this video also contains our St Nectan’s Glen circular walk. ) You can also watch our full Cornwall Series by clicking here.

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Interesting Facts about Cornwall

Although Cornwall is located pretty far away from the major centres in the UK, millions of tourists visit it every year. So, I thought I’d share 10 interesting facts about Cornwall and show you why we totally fell in love with it in only 3 days.

  • Cornwall has only one neighboring county, Devon, and is surrounded by water on three sides.
  • It has only one city, Truro, which is the administrative centre of Cornwall and also one of the smallest cities in the UK.
  • Cornwall has its own flag and own language called Kernewek, which is a Celtic language. The Cornish flag is the flag of the Cornish patron saint, Saint Piran.
  • It’s southwesternmost point is called Land’s End and the southernmost point is Lizard Point. Lizard Point is also the most southerly point on mainland Great Britain.
  • The well-known Cornish Pasty was invented by the miners. Apparently, at least 120 million pasties are made every year and producers generate millions of pounds worth of trade to the Cornish economy.
  • Due to its oceanic setting and the influence of the Gulf Stream, Cornwall has probably the best climate in the UK.
  • Cornwall has a huge variety of marine life so you can spot seals, dolphins and even Basking Sharks. How cool?
  • There are nearly 400 types of plants in Cornwall, thanks to its warm climate and the Eden Project.
  • Cornwall’s 422 miles of coastline has over 300 beaches, many of which are known as surfing paradises like Newquay. 
  •  Other unique things in Cornwall are the Pipewell in Liskeard that’s never run dry, a coach that’s driven by headless horses in Penryn around Christmas, and all the Arthurian legends.

There are definitely many more fun facts about Cornwall, so make sure to have a quick internet search before your visit.

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Introducing Tintagel Castle

Built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland jutting out into the ocean is the medieval fortification of Tintagel Castle. The castle has a very long history filled with well-known Arthurian legends. 

It is possible that the area was occupied in the Romano-British period. Due to various luxury items that were found here, archeologists believe that Tintagel was an elite settlement in the early medieval period. In 2016 and 2017 two digs actually revealed the outlines of a 5th or 6th century palace. 

The impressive location of Tintagel inspired many poets and rulers over the centuries. In the 12th century, Geoffrey of Monmouth named this castle as the place where King Arthur was conceived. This legend likely prompted Earl Richard of Cornwall to build a cliff-top castle here in the 13th Century. Since the following Earls of Cornwall weren’t interested in the castle, it slowly fell into disrepair.

In the 19th and 20th century the ruins became a tourist destination thanks to the Arthurian legends that became popular in the Victorian Era. 

Today Tintagel Castle is managed by English Heritage. What you see today as you walk around are the ruins of the 13th century castle, and those of the older stronghold. 

Is Tintagel Castle the location of Camelot?

Okay, let’s dig a bit deeper into Tintagel Castle’s association with the legends of King Arthur. The first literature that linked King Arthur to this castle was written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th Century. In ‘History of the Kings of Britain’ he tells the story of the British king, Uther Pendragon, and his love for Igraine, the wife of Gorlois, the Duke of Cornwall.

In order to protect his wife from Uther, Gorlois hides Igraine in the fortress of Tintagel. Since the castle was impossible to conquer, Uther seeks the help of Merlin the Wizard. Merlin transforms him into the exact likeness of Gorlois. Uther could then enter the castle freely and trick Igraine into taking him to bed where it’s rumored that King Arthur was conceived.

In Geoffrey’s tale there’s actually no mention of Arthur being born in Tintagel or that he visited or owned the castle when he became the king. However, due to the story’s popularity more and more related tales were produced and the site of Arthur’s conception became his birthplace then Camelot itself.

So, do you think that Tintagel Castle is in fact the location of Camelot, the famous fortress of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? Although I think it’s unlikely, the location of Tintagel is so epic that I can somewhat see the stories of these ancient kings playing out here!

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How to get to Tintagel

By Car: Tintagel Castle is located to the west of the village of Tintagel between Padstow and Bude in North Cornwall. If you arrive by car, you can park in Tintagel. There are plenty of car parks in the village and the parking fee seemed to be the same everywhere. We paid £3 for 4 hours of parking. If you don’t have your own car but would like to enjoy the freedom of a private vehicle, then you can always  hire a car  to get to Tintagel.

If you want to do the circular walk before your timed entry, then make sure to arrive an hour before that.

By Public Transport:  If you arrive by public transport you can take Buses 95, 181, 182 and 212  travelling between Truro, Wadebridge, Camelford, Bodmin, and Bude. You can disembark at the Visitor Centre bus stop and start your circular walk to and around Tintagel Castle. 

If you’re coming from further afield, I recommend getting the train to Truro. There are train services to and from London, Penzance, Exeter and Plymouth. From there just take Bus 95 to Tintagel. Please note that the bus takes about 2 hours to reach Tintagel. Make sure to plan your journey with  Trainline  which also provides information on bus fares.

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Cost to enter Tintagel Castle

Admission fee is £17 for adults and £10.10 for children. There are some discount options which you can find further information  on on the website.

However, if you’re a member of the English Heritage, you can visit Tintagel Castle free of charge. You can read about the different kinds of membership  by clicking here.

Good to know! – At the time of our visit you could join English Heritage at the castle for 18 months for the price of a one year membership. Plus you could get your Tintagel Castle ticket refunded if you signed up on the day. I’m not sure if it’s an ongoing deal, but it’s worth checking it out if you’ve been thinking about joining English Heritage.

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Is Tintagel Castle worth the entry fee?

I definitely winced a little when we paid the entry fee to visit the castle. However, after exploring the castle, I think it’s worth paying if you love the Arthurian legends. The landscape is also absolutely stunning and the views from Tintagel Island don’t disappoint either. I think it’s worth a visit on a dry and sunny day. Since you have to book online, it’s a bit hard to guess what the weather will be like. 

Therefore, I suggest you keep an eye on the forecast and the booking site and book it as late as possible. In addition, I also recommend you time your booking with low tide. Otherwise you won’t be able to walk into Merlin’s Cave and it would be a shame to miss it.

How long do you need to explore Tintagel Castle?

I would allow at least 4 hours for the whole circular walk. You’ll need at least 15 to 20 minutes just to get to the entrance. If you want to make the most of your visit and get your money’s worth, then make sure to spend as long as possible exploring the castle. The views are amazing and there are many features to see on Tintagel Island. Also, don’t forget about allowing some time to explore the beach either. You can read more about all the things to see further down.

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Facilities around Tintagel Castle

Cafés and Picnic Spots   – If you’d like to grab a drink or something to eat then head to Beach Café after your Tintagel Castle visit. The café is ideally placed with a beach view and offers a good variety of hot and cold drinks, lunches and of course delicious cakes. All ingredients are locally sourced.

On a lovely sunny day, I recommend bringing your own picnic with you. You can bring your own picnic blanket and find a great spot to eat anywhere on the grass within Tintagel Castle or on the beach.

In addition, there are plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafés in Tintagel village itself. 

Toilets – There are toilet facilities available next to the Beach Café in Tintagel Castle. There are also public toilets in Tintagel. Please note that you have to pay £0.50 to use these facilities in the village. I suggest you use the facilities in Tintagel before your visit, since the public toilets are at the end of your walk!

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What to wear and bring with you?

What to wear depends on the time of year you’re visiting and the weather conditions on the day of your visit. 

I think you can wear basically anything you feel comfortable in. However, one thing I highly recommend is choosing comfortable and supportive footwear. You’ll be walking a lot and the path can be uneven, so you don’t want to be wearing high-heels or flip-flops.

Even on a warm sunny day, I suggest bringing a light jacket or jumper with you, as it will feel windier and chillier on the top of the island.

Although there is a café on the beach, I suggest you bring some water or hot drinks with you and perhaps some light snacks.

Please Note!  – Whatever you bring with you, make sure you either take it home with you or dispose of it responsibly. I suggest bringing a garbage bag with you to collect all your waste then dispose of it when you have the chance. Enjoy your time in nature but Leave No Trace!

Tintagel Castle circular walk

Although once you’ve parked your car you can just head straight to Tintagel Castle, I highly suggest you do a small circular walk. The circular walk, together with walking around the castle, will only be around 4km (2.5 miles) long.

Once you’ve parked, walk along Fore Street in Tintagel village towards the public toilets, which are right behind Spar. Carry on straight ahead, walk through the car park and through a little park that will eventually lead you to Vicarage Hill road. Walk along this road towards St Materiana’s Church and walk through the churchyard.

Please Note! – There are signs warning you about adder snakes in the church yard. These are  the UK’s only venomous snake so just watch your step and stick to the path. 

Once you’ve passed the church you’ll be joining onto the South West Coast Path where you should head to your right. There will a great view point from which you can see the entire Tintagel Island and the bridge that connects it to the mainland. It’s pretty impressive and the circular walk is definitely worth it for this view.

From here, just follow the path leading you to the entrance of Tintagel Castle. You’ll need to show you ticket at this point in order to enter. 

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9 features not to miss when visiting Tintagel Castle

Below are 9 features and photo spots you don’t want to miss when exploring Tintagel Castle. Since there’s a one-way system in place you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss anything, otherwise you won’t be able to go back. That way you can definitely make the most of your rather pricey entry fee. 

1. The mainland part of Tintagel Castle: Lower and Upper Courtyard

If you didn’t know, Tintagel Castle actually lies on both sides of the chasm. So, before you head straight to cross the bridge to Tintagel Island, make sure to explore the mainland first. The mainland section consists of two parts: Lower and Upper Courtyards. 

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2. Tintagel Castle Bridge

In the Middle Age, there used to be a narrow land bridge that residents used to access the island. However, this bridge disappeared and left the castle divided for centuries. The only way to Tintagel Island was through a set of 150 steps. This was a steep walk down and then back up the cliff. 

In 2019, the two sides of Tintagel Castle were connected by a brand new bridge. The project helped to restore the original route and also gives the chance for more visitors to access Tintagel Castle. 

You can still have the chance to walk down the steep set of steps to the beach after your visit. 

3. The island part of Tintagel Castle: the Great Hall

After crossing the bridge you’ll enter the island section of the castle. This part contains the Great Hall of Earl Richard’s 13th century castle. Here is where he used to entertain his guests and where he made important business decisions. 

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4. Dark Age Remains

During the 2016 and 2017 excavations remains of different structures were found from the Dark Ages. This included many small rectangular buildings that date back to the 5th and the 6th centuries. At the time, it was an economically significant site due to its involvement in trade with the Mediterranean world. Whilst the exact function of it is still unknown, it is suggested that it may have been a stronghold. 

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5. Changing Coastline Viewpoint

After leaving the Great Hall and some of the Dark Age remains, you’ll arrive to one of the best views from the island. From this viewpoint you can see the beach below you with some natural caves and a cool waterfall cascading into the sand. If you look ahead, you’ll also be able to see miles down the coastline.

The area is a great spot for a coffee break or picnic. If you visit in spring, you can also enjoy the mixture of wildflowers that add a pop of colour to the landscape. Needless to say that this was definitely my favourite section on the entire island.

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6. Gallos aka King Arthur’s Statue

The 2.4m (8 ft) tall bronze sculpture is a relatively new addition to Tintagel Castle. It was created by Rubin Eynon who was commissioned by English Heritage to bring the history and legends of Tintagel to life. The statue was completed in 2016 and it was actually easier to fly it in by helicopter. 

Did you know? – Whilst most people refer to it as King Arthur’s Statue, it’s actually called ‘Gallos’ which means ‘power’ in Cornish.

Although the statue has an Excalibur look alike sword in its hand and also a crown on its head, English Heritage neither confirmed nor denied that the statue is King Arthur.

I guess they wanted the statue to represent both the legends of King Arthur but also to remind us of the historical importance of Tintagel. 

Whether the statue is King Arthur or not, I’ve never seen a more dramatic setting for a sculpture than the cliff edge of the rugged Tintagel Island. Have you?

7. Tintagel Castle Gate

Okay you just can’t leave Tintagel Castle without snapping the iconic photo in this open doorway with the stunning sea view ahead. This door leads you to the beach via a steep set of steps. Before the new bridge was built, visitors would’ve had to climb all the way up here to visit the castle. 

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8. The waterfall on the beach

Once you reach the beach, get a closer look at the beautiful waterfall cascading into the sand from the cliff above. I don’t think I saw many photos of this waterfall prior to our visit so it was a lovely surprise feature in this already stunning place. 

9. Merlin’s Cave

You can’t leave Tintagel Castle without visiting Merlin’s Cave. The 100 m long sea cave was formed by marine erosion. What’s cool about this cave is that during low tide you can actually walk through the entire length of it. But you really need to time your visit well, as during high tide the cave fills up with water and won’t be passable. During our visit we only managed to get about three-quarters of the way through before we had to turn back.

The cave is believed by many to have been home to Merlin the wizard. Whilst Tintagel Castle became popular after Geoffrey’s tales in the 12th century, Merlin’s cave gained fame after Tennyson published ‘Idylls of the King’. In his tale the infant Arthur was washed ashore at Merlin’s Cave, who then brought him to safety.

Again, whether or not these tales have any truth in them, this is an impressive cave and definitely worth exploring.

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Additional things to do in Cornwall

It doesn’t matter when you visit Cornwall, or what the weather is like, you’ll find no shortage of unique things to do and places to see. We definitely managed to visit a variety of iconic locations during our 3-day trip. So, here are some additional places to add to your Cornish road-trip itinerary. 

St Nectan’s Glen Circular Walk – Visit Cornwall’s best kept secret, a sacred site with a stunning 60ft tall waterfall via a 1.8 mile short circular woodland walk. Click here to read it.

Lizard Point to Kynance Cove Circular Walk – A 5 mile circular walk along one of the most beautiful sections of coastline in the South West. Click here to read it.  

Exploring the Lost Gardens of Heligan – Visiting one of the UK’s most popular gardens built in a 19th century Gardenesque style. Click here to read it.

Click here for more historic houses and castles to visit in Cornwall.

In the meantime, you can browse for more hiking trails in the UK and around the world in my Hiking Adventures Series .

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Final Thoughts on Tintagel Castle

Although the admission fee to Tintagel Castle is a bit steep, I still enjoyed exploring the ruins of the castle. The landscape itself is well-worth a visit, and the mixture of rich history and legends that surround this area definitely made our visit a unique one.

I was glad that the weather was rather pleasant, so we could see for miles down the coast and enjoy the combination of blue water and lush green. In May, the colourful wildflowers definitely added a bit extra to the already beautiful place. I’m also glad that we visited during low tide, so we could walk into Merlin’s Cave and enjoy the beach for a bit.

Have you ever visited Tintagel Castle or Cornwall in general before? If so, how much of the area did you manage to explore? Let me know in the comments below. 

Now, let your adventure begin,

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Wow it’s so beautiful! I would definitely love to go someday! Walking through Merlin’s cave would be awesome to do as well. The story reminds me of Monty Python 🙂

I hope you can visit Tintagel Castle in the near future Kate. I agree walking through Merlin’s Cave was so much fun, I just wish we could’ve done the whole way. 🙂

These tips are all really helpful! I was researching this area last week as I’m trying to plan a road trip around England, so your post is great timing!

Oh I’m so happy my blog post came at the right time for your trip Krista. I’m sure you’ll have so much fun exploring England, it sounds so exciting.

Tintagel Castle looks like such a fascinating place! The scenery looks incredible and the beach looks amazing! I’ve never visited Cornwall but I’d love to get there one day. It looks like such a beautiful county! I’ll definitely ass Tintagel Castle to my list when I finally get there! Thanks for the great guide!

Thank you Hannah, Cornwall is definitely stunning, and I can see why it’s a prime holiday destination for Brits. You’ll feel like you’re on a trip somewhere abroad. I hope you can visit both Cornwall and Tintagel soon 🙂

What a stunning place! I can only imagine how epic it must have been back when the castle was still intact. I’m not a huge Arthurian legend buff, but I’d still love to visit here one day (and Cornwall generally) just for the history and scenery!

Thanks Maggie, I agree this place must’ve looked insane when the castle still existed. I’m not a massive Arthurian legend fan either, but even then this place was such a cool one to visit. Hope you can come and explore the area soon 🙂

I’ve never heard of Tintagel Castle but now I want to go there immediately! Tintagel Island looks particularly gorgeous, and my kids would love the idea of Merlin’s Cave!

I’m so happy my post inspired you to plan a visit to Tintagel! I’m pretty sure your kids would enjoy exploring Merlin’s Cave and there are some others on the beach you can walk to during low tide so definitely a fun family day out.

Wow! Your article is so interesting and informative, but the photos completely stole my heart! Looks amazing, well done! 🙂

Aww thank you so much for the lovely comment. I’m so happy that you enjoyed my post and photos and found it useful 🙂

What beautiful photos! I haven’t been to Cornwall for several years now, but I really should get over there!

Thank you Bella. Yes this was my first trip to Cornwall and I already want to return. No wonder millions of people visit it every year! I definitely felt like I had a trip to a foreign land 🙂

So beautiful! I especially lol be the statue!

Thank you Sue, I’m glad you enjoyed my post 🙂

Tintagel Castle is beautiful! Love that there is so much history behind it.

I agree, Tintagel Castle is truly beautiful and well worth a visit!

Thanks for such an informative post! We hope to visit and I appreciated all of your helpful historical background and your useful tips for visiting. I also really enjoyed your clarifications on how you took each photo. You’ve got a great eye, they are beautiful!

Thank you so much Erica. I’m so glad to hear that my post was useful for you. I hope you’ll also have a lovely time exploring the castle 🙂

I love Cornwall but have never been to Tintagel. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m down there

There are just so many stunning places in Cornwall aren’t there? We really had to narrow down what to see in 3 days. I hope you can visit Tintagel on your next trip to Cornwall 🙂

I had never heard of this place before, so thank you for such a great blog. I found it super useful, and I want to visit this place in the future! I also love your Youtube videos 🙂 They’re a great addition to the written info.

Thank you Cristina, I’m so glad you enjoyed both the blog post and our video. I hope you can come and visit Tintagel in the near future!

Possibly a side note, but WOW you’re pictures are absolutely beautiful!! You could convince me to go anywhere! hahha

But anyways, I…am kinda leaning towards Tintagel Castle being Camelot…but maybe I’ve just watched too much of the show Merlin, haha

Thank you Kay I’m happy you liked my photos 🙂 Yes who knows, I can see why this place was picked as a possible location for Camelot. It’s beautiful. Hope you can visit it soon.

I did not have the Cornwall area on my UK radar at all. Now I will have to think about a stop at Tintagel Castle and find out more about the link to Camelot. But with 300 beaches in Cornwall I might be torn between beach and sight seeing. But the scenery on that hike looks amazing.

Cornwall is so beautiful and unique. We crated a map with all the stunning places to visit, but soon realised that we would need weeks to explore it all, so we just picked a few. I hope when you book a trip to Cornwall, you can visit Tintagel too 🙂

Wauw, the waterfall on the beach and Merlin’s cave are so cute! Can’t wait to visit any time soon! Thanks for a great post!

Thank you Annelies, I thought that waterfall was pretty unique too. I hope you can visit soon 🙂

I had never heard of this before but now I won’t forget. The location and all the rugged beauty are incredible. I love the stories too, especially about the cave.

Thank you Melinda. I’m glad to hear that Tintagel is now on your radar. I’m sure you’ll enjoy your visit too 🙂

What an amazing place! Legends and History combine to make an impelling case for King Arthur! And the castle itself was obviously a very important place back in the 5th Century so?? Another great blog, full of interest, great photos and good advice.

Thank you Karan, I agree Tintagel has the potential to be Camelot.

Beautiful Videos.. seen most of your cornwall videos and liked all of them. Very detailed and beautifully done. I am going there next week and will be visiting selected places. Just a quick question, was is straight forward to fly your drone at all these places? I know that you were using Mavic Mini 2 which is under 250 grams and has less limitations but still were you challenged by anyone during flights, specially around Tintagel castle?

Thank you so much for the lovely comment, we’re happy that you enjoy our videos. We managed to use our drone at most places, but we always use the drone restriction app which tells you if an area is restricted such as Lizard Point and Kynance Cove. With Tintagel, we flew the drone before we entered the castle and away from the main path and from people (we make sure to fly it very early in the morning). I recommend checking the drone flying weather app too, as this area can be very windy. Hope you enjoy your trip 🙂

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Unfortunately, the Parish Council has closed the Tintagel Visitor Centre. We, therefore, recommend that if visiting Tintagel you check out the information resources below. Tintagel is of course famous for the Castle home to Arthurian legend. However, the castle history is much more than Arthur and merlin and the round table. The coastline around this part of Cornwall is rugged and the views along this part of the South West Coastal path are spectacular. Check out the links to the South West Coast Path and English heritage below.

We have a video from English heritage on the building of the new Tintagel Castle Bridge . a spectacular piece of engineering that rejoins the castle that has spilt the castle apart for over 500 years.

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Tintagel Castle and the new bridge

Although the Tintagel Visitor Centre has now closed you can obtain Visitor information from English Heritage on Tintagel Castle

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