For a magical day out in Cornwall, take the family to Tintagel Castle. The wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views out to sea, 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; it is reputed to be the birthplace of King Arthur, a legend which has endured through the years. Visitors can learn about the story of the castle and its inhabitants over the ages by watching the introductory video "Searching for King Arthur".
Explore the ruined castle where it is said that King Uther Pendragon met with the beautiful Igraine and conceived King Arthur. You can also visit Merlin's Cave and climb the rugged trail across to the island to enjoy the stunning sea views - on a good day you can see as far as Lundy Island, off the North Devon coast. 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. History is brought to life for families through fantastic events throughout the summer including Archaeology Week and the Family summer trail. Our popular storytelling returns again for the summer holidays - ideal for a family day out whatever the weather.
When you have explored the island and headland, relax with a traditional cream tea or a locally caught, fresh crab sandwich. The cakes are home-made and the children will love the special lunch packs with a bucket and spade which they can use to play on the beach.
- 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?
Before You Arrive
Events At Tintagel Castle
Summer Fun Trail
Wed 24 Jul - Sun 1 Sep 2013
Get out and about this holiday with our summer fun trail. Explore the Castle grounds and find the hidden clues. Solve the challenge and a special reward awaits!
Sat 27 Jul - Sat 3 Aug 2013
It's the Festival of Archaeology so join us for fun activities for the whole family at Tintagel Castle.
King Arthur's Tales
Wed 7 Aug 2013
Our storytellers will keep the whole family entertained as King Arthur and Merlin weave tales of mystery, adventure and the days of the Round Table at Tintagel Castle.