For a magical day out in Cornwall, visit 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 the South West. A fantastic events programme includes Fighting Knights and storytelling of The Tales of King Arthur - see our events page for details.
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. Enjoy a brisk walk along 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 year and during winter, this is an ideal spot for a coastal walk with your dog.
When you have explored the island and headland, relax with a traditional cream tea or a locally caught, fresh crab sandwich or locally caught fish and chips. The cakes are home-made and the children will love the special lunch packs with a bucket and spade. Warm up with a delicious hot chocolate or one of our tasty, home made stews created with locally grown produce.
Read more about the life of children in medieval castles in this exclusive preview from our Members' magazine.
- Enjoy fresh, locally sourced crab sandwiches, fish and chips or the great range of homemade cakes and cream teas
- Marvel at the stunning sea views from the island or upper courtyard ruins
- Take the beautiful coastal path - great for walkers, and dogs on leads are welcome on site
- Visit the tunnel on the island - find out what was it used for
- News of planned improvements to visitor experience at Tintagel Castle
Before You Arrive
Events At Tintagel Castle
Tales of King Arthur
Tue 26 & Wed 27 Aug 2014
Let Merlin and King Arthur take you on a magical journey back to the days of old when knights did battle and ladies swooned. Be enchanted as they spin tales of magic, mystery and adventure.