All Ages Outdoor Historical

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle, Castle Rd, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE
0370 333 1181
Average time spent - 1 hours
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Things to do at Tintagel Castle review

Tintagel Castle is maintained by English Heritage. It is set in a stunning clifftop location in Tintagel, Cornwall. The castle was originally built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland that projects into the Cornish Sea. It is one of Britain’s most spectacular historic sites. It was built in the 13th Century and it was possibly occupied during the Roman-British period.

The castle has a long association with legends relating to King Arthur and it has been a tourist destination since the mid-19th century. The site has steep slopes, sheer drops and uneven surfaces. They ask their visitors to keep to a one-way route around the site which means leaving via 140 steep steps so make sure you’re all up to it before visiting.

There is a modern and pretty spectacular footbridge across to the island. There are 13th-century ruins to explore in a truly spectacular setting. There are outdoor displays to guide you through the history of the castle and the legends that have played their part in shaping the site. There are early medieval remains to explore and you can imagine what life was like as your walk through the footprints of houses built between the 5th and 7th centuries AD on this remote headland.

The island is a site of special scientific interest and is home to plenty of flora, fauna, wildlife and birds throughout the year. You may even spot seals in the sea. During your visit, you can access the beach below which is great for exploring the rockpools. It is a tidal beach so make yourself aware of the tide times before visiting.

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FAQ and Further Information Tintagel Castle

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

What are the main things to do?

You can explore one of Britain’s most spectacular historic sites, a ruined castle set on an island that you get to via a footbridge. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

*FREE or higher-priced
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or higher-priced for nonmembers. Adults cost £15.70 without donation, children 5-16 £9.40. There are standard, peak and off-peak prices. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.

Is there parking?

There is parking, charges apply.

When are they open?

Tintagel Castle is open for most of the year although they close some days mid-week over winter. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome at Tintagel Castle, but please note there are lots of steps, cliff edges and nesting birds, so please keep them safe on leads.

Are they accessible?

Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle
Photos credited to English Heritage

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