We have introduced timed tickets to help protect the archaeology and ecology of Tintagel Castle. All visitors, including members, will now need a timed ticket to enter the castle, cross the bridge and explore the island.
Timed tickets are available to book in advance online. Booking ahead is strongly advised to guarantee entry on the day and at the time you would like. There will be a small number of walk-up tickets each day, subject to availability, and at busy times these could all be sold out.
3rd-4th Centuries ADRoman Activity
Finds of pottery, early coins and two Roman inscribed pillars suggest activity on the headland.
Tintagel is a rich and important site, trading with the Mediterranean world. The headland is covered with many small rectangular buildings.
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7th CenturyThe Island Abandoned
The site seems to have been abandoned for over 500 years.
1138Legend of King Arthur
Geoffrey of Monmouth writes his History of the Kings of Britain. His legendary King Arthur is conceived at Tintagel by Uther Pendragon and Igerna, wife of Duke Gorlois of Cornwall.
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Henry III's brother Richard, Earl of Cornwall, begins building himself a castle. He buys the land once the castle is finished.
1337The Black Prince
The castle's great hall is subject to constant erosion, possibly causing a partial collapse. Edward the Black Prince, 1st Duke of Cornwall, reworks the hall into smaller buildings.
1480Stuff of Legends
Although the castle is little used, legends continue to flourish. Antiquary William Worcestre names Tintagel as the place of Arthur's birth, as well as his conception.
The site is largely deserted, despite a survey recommending that the headland be strengthened against possible foreign landings.
1650King Arthur's Castle
References to King Arthur's Castle become a tangled mixture of local folklore and literary legends.
Archaeologist Ralegh Radford proves through his discovery of pottery fragments that Tintagel was once part of an early medieval trading network that reached across the Mediterranean world.
A major fire destroys the turf over a wide area.
Excavations on the island's eastern side confirm that the rectangular huts, great ditch and imported pottery date from the 5th and 6th centuries.
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August 2019Tintagel Castle reunited
For the first time in over 500 years, the two halves of Tintagel Castle are reunited via a daring new footbridge. Spanning a 190-foot gorge, the bridge follows the line of the original route, long lost to erosion, between the 13th-century gatehouse on the mainland and the courtyard on the island.