Tintagel Castle bridge. Copyright English Heritage

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall


Tintagel Castle, Castle Rd


Striking Views, Family Friendly Walks, Historic Interest


Kernow is a land steeped in myth and legend and nowhere can this be felt more strongly than at Tintagel Castle. Set high on Cornwall's rugged north coast, these atmospheric ruins are inextricably linked with the legends of King Arthur. Once a stronghold for early medieval rulers, Geoffrey of Monmouth named Tintagel as the place where King Arthur was conceived. It seems likely that such legends inspired Richard, Earl of Cornwall, to build his impressive cliff-top castle on the site in 1233.

Today, thanks to English Heritage, you can take in the stunning natural scenery and explore these 13th century ruins. Imagine feasting in the heart of Lord Cornwall’s court and follow in the footsteps of Cornwall’s medieval inhabitants as you cross the footbridge to the island with waves crashing beneath you. Outdoor displays guide you through the history of the castle and the role that legend has played in shaping the historic site. You don’t want to miss out on a photo op with the brooding Gallos, either. He’s a life-sized bronze sculpture inspired by the legend of Arthur and he’s all too happy to star in your selfies!

Photos copyright English Heritage.

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