Tintagel in the West Country

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Tintagel has to be one of my top UK places I’ve visited. It has to be one of the:

1. Strangest places I visited.

2. Most breath-taking places I’ve visited.

3. Most inspiring places.

Basically, if you didn’t know, Tintagel is a small Cornish parish situated on the North coast of Cornwall. The village is also home to Tintagel castle, the ruins of which are found on an island connected by a stairway suspended between the cliffs.

The castle is the mythical birthplace of King Arthur and is associated with many legends of him and his knights of the Round Table. According to Wikipedia (the fountain of all knowledge), it is one of the most visited places in Britain today and you can see why from the pictures:

Aerial View of Tintagel

Aerial View of Tintagel

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Antique Painting of Tintagel

Antique Painting of Tintagel

Tintagel Castle Stairway

Tintagel Castle Stairway

Tintagel Castle Ruins

Tintagel Castle Ruins

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle Overview

Tintagel Castle Overview

English Heritage, whose site the above two photos are from, describe Tintagel as,

‘A magical day out in Cornwall, take the family to Tintagel Castle. Its wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views, and its fascinating ruins and stunning beach cafe make it a perfect day trip, ideal for those on holiday in Dorset, Cornwall or Dartmoor.

Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit the nearby Merlin’s Cave. The castle also features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde. With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west.

  • The introductory video ‘Searching for Arthur
  • The rugged trail to the ‘island’
  • A visit to our stunning Beach Cafe
  • The ‘tunnel’ on the ‘island’ what was it used for?’

I can honestly say it’s a fabulous day out!

p.s. I reserve no rights to the above photos

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8 responses »

  1. Tintagel has been one of my must-see places most of my life, and we’re finally going later this spring. But tell me about the stairs … they look a bit terrifying …

    • They are a little steep – I won’t lie – But they are nothing you can’t make it up don’t worry. Plus they have handrails/rope rails the whole way up.

      It’s one of the best places I’ve visited in the West Country I have to admit – Though there’s lots of other places I love too! You will have such a great time I’m sure – The views are fantastic so take your best camera and the coves at the base of the island are quite spectacular and give way to fantastic colours in the Cornish sea.

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