Tintagel

Tintagel

  • Historical stretch of coastline
  • King Arthurs country
  • Excellent wildlife watching
  • Beautiful walks and scenery

Tintagel is a place of magic and myth where the legend of King Arthur was born. A strong hold of the Earls of Cornwall, the castle was built in the 13th century.

Access to the castle is via at least 100 steep steps. Surfaces in the castle include grass, gravel, cobbles and flagstones. Many of the surfaces are uneven and include changes of level. The island element of the site is a natural Cornish headland which includes several cliffs. Parts of the castle can be viewed from Glebe Cliff; the National Trust has set aside an area beside the church for this purpose.

Tintagel has attracted poets and artists, historians and sightseers since the Victorian era. Today the village with its lovely surrounding countryside has something to appeal to every taste and interest.Whilst visiting the Castle, wander down to the Haven. It is hard to imagine that hundreds of years ago schooners and barques would load slate from this very narrow harbour. For dramatic scenery, follow the Coast path around Barras Nose, one of the National Trust“s first acquisitions.

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit Tintagel and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

St Nectan“s Glen is well worth a visit and is approached by several footpaths, the main one being behind "The Rocky Valley Centre" at Trethevy on the Boscastle to Tintagelroad. Sensible footwear should be worn and although dogs are welcome they must be kept on lead in the area of the Hermitage and Kieve. The destination is the incredible 60 Foot Waterfall at St Nectan“s Kieve. St Nectan“s Kieve Waterfall and Hermitage Tea Gardens is open Easter to the end of October 7 days a week 10.30am to 6.30pm

King Arthurs Great Halls found in Fore Street, Tintagel were built by a philanthropist millionaire in the 1930“s, it houses round tables and granite thrones dominated by 72 stained glass windows depicting the Arthurian legend and were designed by a pupil of William Morris. The actor Robert Powell tells the story of the Arthurian legend in a laser light show involving the paintings of King Arthur and his Knights by William HatherellThe shop stocks a whole array of specially commissioned Arthurian products and books that are despatched all over the world to followers of all ages of the Arthurian legend.

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