Tintagel Bridge design

Tintagel Bridge

Set on the rugged North Cornwall coast, Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain. But the path visitors take to the castle is challenging, with over a hundred steps winding towards the cliff-top ruins.

This October, we start work on a new footbridge at Tintagel, recreating the historic crossing from the mainland to the headland.

Keep up-to-date with the project, check our opening times, and learn about the bridge's winning design.

A historic walkway

We are embarking on a landmark project to reconnect Tintagel's divided landscape. Today, the site is split by a natural chasm, with 148 steps reaching up towards the island. But this hasn't always been the case.

In the Middle Ages, Tintagel's residents walked from one side of the site to the other using a narrow land bridge as high as the cliff tops. Our new footbridge will reinstate the original route, offering visitors the chance to experience Tintagel Castle the way its medieval inhabitants once did.

Watch our video to find out more.

The winning design

The Winning Design

In 2015, we launched a competition to find the best team to design the new bridge. The winning concept was created by Ney & Partners Civil Engineers and William Matthews Associates.

The aim was to find a bridge specifically tailored to Tintagel Castle, harmonising with the iconic coastal landscape. The design sees two cantilevers reach out and meet, not quite touching, with a 40mm gap in the middle. The gap represents the transition from the mainland to the island, present to past.

The bridge will be paved with Cornish Delabole slate, with stainless steel balustrades fitted along its length. The balustrades have been designed to be so fine that, when viewed from a distance, they'll disappear against the sky.

Tintagel Bridge design

Building the bridge

Tintagel Castle will remain open to visitors throughout the summer, before closing from October 2018. We will then install a cable crane at the site, which will allow our contractors to lift equipment into place and start building the foundations, without the need for scaffolding. We have conducted a series of geotechnical investigations ahead of this work, making sure the bedrock can support it.

By the time the cable crane is in place, work on fabricating the steel sections of the bridge will be well underway. The pre-fabricated steel sections will be brought to Tintagel in early 2019 and slotted into position, but not before a trial run of the assembly process in the workshop.

The bridge is due to be completed in spring 2019.

Check 2018 opening times
Tintagel Castle

Stay up-to-date

We'll keep our webpage updated throughout the project, so you can stay up-to-date with the bridge's progress. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a behind-the-scenes look at the works taking place.

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 Tintagel Bridge Timeline

June 2015Designing the bridge

English Heritage launches a competition to find the design for the new footbridge at Tintagel Castle.

Tintagel Castle

March 2016Winners Announced

Ney & Partners and William Matthews Associates are announced as the winners of the competition.

Tintagel Bridge design

More to explore

  • Group taking photographs on the Tintagel headland

    2018 Opening times

    Tintagel Castle will close from October 2018 until the spring while we build our new footbridge. Take a look at this year's opening times and plan your visit.

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    Ancient Writing at Tintagel

    Learn about a rare 7th-century stone inscribed with letters, words and symbols, discovered during the Tintagel Archaeological Dig.

  • A reconstruction of Tintagel

    History of Tintagel

    Read an in-depth history of the castle from its origins to the present day, and find out why Tintagel's history and legends are so intertwined.

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