Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Visitors looking out to sea at Tintagel

How to get here

Tintagel Castle is situated on Cornwall's north coast, between Padstow and Bude. Visit our Directions page and plan your journey to Tintagel Castle by car, bicycle or public transport. Our interactive map will help you choose the best route.

You will find pay and display car parks in Tintagel Village, 600 metres away from the site. Please allow plenty of time to park and walk to Tintagel Castle.

The bronze statue Gallos

Book your tickets

We've introduced timed tickets at Tintagel Castle, which are now available to book in advance on our website. This is to help provide the best possible experience at busy times and protect Tintagel’s archaeology and ecology. Booking ahead is advised for all our visitors, including English Heritage members, to guarantee access at the time you would like.

You can book your timed ticket online and bring your booking confirmation with you. Your timed ticket states when you will be permitted to enter the castle and cross the bridge, but once on the island you can spend as much time exploring as you would like. You are also welcome to visit other areas of the site - including the cafe, exhibition, shop and beach (tides permitting) at any time. If you have an afternoon ticket, you are still welcome to spend the morning with us on the beach, café or exhibition before your time to visit the castle. Most people spend around 3 hours with us, but you're welcome to stay the full day.

We have a limited amount of walk-up tickets each day sold on a first come first served basis, and at busy times these could all be sold out.

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Two boys on the beach at Tintagel

Plan your day

Take a look at the things to see and do at Tintagel. Highlights include the cliff top remains of the medieval castle, spectacular views, and the life-sized kingly figure Gallos. Whilst we operate timed ticket access to cross the bridge, once on the island you can explore at your leisure. 

There are plenty of areas to discover before and after your time on the island - including an exhibition on the history and legends of Tintagel Castle, a cafe with sea views, the shop and beach. Find out what Facilities are available for your day out.

We advise you to check the website or call the site before your visit during periods of bad weather, in case we need to close the site at short notice. See our Ticketing FAQs for details on what to do if the site is closed.

Ticketing FAQs
Visitor in the Tintagel Castle shop

When you arrive

There are multiple car parks in Tintagel Village - these can get very busy so please allow plenty of time to park. We recommend giving yourself at least half an hour to walk from the village car parks to the entrance to the footbridge where your timed ticket slot begins.

On arrival at the site, you can pick up an orientation leaflet to help with your visit. The on-site toilets are by the shop and cafe at the bottom of Castle Road. There are also public toilets in the village.

Some visitors may prefer to take the Land Rover service (not managed by English Heritage) down to the cafe and exhibition, but please note this carries a small additional charge and at busy times there are likely to be queues.

A doorway at Tintagel Castle

Getting around Tintagel Castle

Tintagel is a coastal site with a rugged landscape which can be challenging to visitors. We strongly advise you read our Access information where we provide details of the access challenges and help we can provide to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

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Girl sat on the rocks in Merlin's Cave

Down on the beach

Visitors to Tintagel can walk down to the secluded beach below the castle, known as Tintagel Haven. When the tide is out, you can enjoy a picnic on the sand, explore the rock pools and stroll along the shore. It's the perfect spot for a quick paddle, or to admire the waterfall falling from the cliffs above. 

Look for Merlin’s face on the rocks close to his cave, which you can explore at low tide. You may want to check the tide times before you book your ticket.

Please be aware that there is no lifeguard service in operation, and access to the beach is via steep steps, which some visitors may find challenging. 

Tintagel Beach Cafe

Food and drink

With its bright and airy decor which reflects the coastal setting, the Beach Cafe is the perfect place for a tasty snack.

Try our famous crab sandwich or freshly baked cakes and delicious lunches, whilst enjoying the views out to sea from our terrace (or cosy up in the corner on bad weather days). 

Family and dog at Tintagel

Dog Owners

We love dogs at Tintagel, and they are welcome everywhere but please note there are lots of steps, cliff edges and nesting birds so please keep them safe on leads.

Water is available for dogs at the café on request.

Visitors walking around Tintagel

Any more questions?

Any more questions? Check out our Ticketing FAQs or take a look at our Facilities information.

If you have special access needs please see our Access page.

If you are visiting with a Group please see our Group Visits page to help plan your visit and find out how to book. 

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