Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    The only way to guarantee entry to Tintagel Castle is to book in advance. We strongly recommend booking your tickets in advance as we have limited availability and are often fully booked.

    Your booking is for the site/event only and does not guarantee a car parking space, which may carry an additional charge.

    Booking FAQs

  • How are you keeping us safe?

    Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe. We’re continuing with enhanced cleaning and you’ll find hand sanitiser stations on site. Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you to do the same. You can also help us keep you and other visitors safe by not visiting if you have symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.

    General Safety Information

  • Where do I need to be and when?

    Your ticket states the time when you can enter the castle and cross the bridge. We recommend giving yourself at least 30 minutes to walk from the village car parks to the footbridge entrance. Once on the island, you can explore at your leisure. 

    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.

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.

In periods of bad weather and high winds Tintagel Castle sometimes needs to close. We advise you to check the website, our Facebook page or call the site before your visit if bad weather is forecasted. 

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, 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. The paths are uneven and bumpy in places so 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.

We also recommend sturdy shoes, wet weather gear, and sun cream and hats on hot days – plus, plenty of water. If you are bringing toddlers, we advise using a baby carrier or baby backpack. 

Find out more
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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