Steeped in legend and intrigue, Tintagel Castle is a worthy bucket list site on the northeast coast of Cornwall, England. Tintagel Castle is the fabled birthplace of King Arthur. Whether you choose to believe the tales or not, a visit to Tintagel is well worth the effort to get there.
Located next to the town of Tintagel, visiting this English Heritage site is very easy. We arrived mid-morning and expected to see crowds. Surprisingly, there weren’t many people there. We were very pleased.
The town of Tintagel is lovely and is worthy of a visit as well, so plan accordingly. I was expecting to only stay at the site for a couple of hours but we ended up lingering in town for a couple of more hours.
There is paid parking (about 600 meters from the entrance) in the town of Tintagel but no parking at the site. Once you park, it’s easy to get to the site. The castle site is well marked but you really only need to follow the crowds. After a short walk, you’ll get to the top of a hill. If you are visiting April-October, there is a Land Rover service that can drive you to the site. It is a steep downhill hike. We chose to hike down. The walk was very pleasant towards the castle but I could see those returning from the castle were short of breath hiking back up towards the town. I knew I would be taking the Land Rover back up.
After a few minutes, the view opened up revealing nature’s beauty. I fell in love with Cornwall, England just through pictures but seeing this place in person sealed the deal. There is a great little beach café, museum, and gift shop at the entrance of the ruined castle. Many visitors were enjoying the sunny outdoor sitting area.
I could go on and on about the beauty of this place but I think pictures tell a better story. So, without further adieu…
For more information and history, visit the official site here.