History and Legend

Dark Age Tintagel Reconstructed

People have lived at Tintagel since at least the late Roman period. Between the 5th and 7th centuries a prosperous community was based there, which traded with the Mediterranean world.

The reconstruction drawing below shows how Tintagel may have looked in about the year 600, when the island was dotted with buildings. Use the image windows to find out more about each feature.


Tintagel in about AD 600

Use the image windows to find out more about Tintagel in about the year 600.

Find out more about the castle

  • Tintagel: History and Legend

    At Tintagel Castle, history and legend are inseparable. Discover how the castle’s links with King Arthur have affected its history.

  • History of Tintagel

    Read an in-depth history of the castle from its origins in the Roman period to the present day.

  • Tintagel Castle Collection

    Explore in detail ten key Dark Age and medieval objects found at Tintagel and find out what they tell us about the castle.

  • Description of Tintagel Castle

    Read a description of the Dark Age and medieval remains on the island and mainland at Tintagel.

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