English Heritage: Tintagel Castle

English Heritage: Tintagel Castle
Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE
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The remains of the medieval Tintagel Castle date from the 13th century and are associated with King Arthur, as the birthplace of this great warrior.

The castle has an exhibition to enjoy while you learn more about the legends – and the truth – surrounded with the area's history. A 3D model of the headland shows how the site has developed over the centuries. Visitors can also cross over the bridge, climb the 148 steps to what was the Great Hall, built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, before exploring the remains of the Dark Ages settlement then exploring the well-hidden beach below.

The castle can be reached by 600 metres of uneven track from Tintagel village. There is no parking on site; the closest is pay and display parking in the village. The best bus to get to the castle is the Western Greyhound 595, and the site can be accessed by bike.

The nearby Beach Cafe is refurbished and there is plenty of space to sit out and enjoy a meal in the picnic areas. Toilets – including a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities – are next to the visitor entrance. Dogs on leads are welcome.

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