Tintagel Castle is a historic site situated on the clifftops of North Cornwall. Due to the rugged coastal landscape, there are steep slopes, sheer drops and uneven surfaces which can present a challenge to visitors. Take a look at our video below to ensure you get the most out of your visit.
If you have a question you'd like to ask us about access or facilities ahead of your visit, please contact a member of the team on 01840 770328 and we’d be happy to help.
Tintagel Castle: Pre-Visit Information
Our Visitor Welcome Manager, Caroline shows you what to expect on a day out at Tintagel Castle.
A BSL version of this video is also available here: Tintagel Castle Pre-visit Information Video (BSL version)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the terrain like around Tintagel Castle?
Tintagel Castle is set high on the rugged Cornish coast. This means there are steep slopes, sheer drops, and uneven surfaces (which may at times be slippery). These can be a challenge to some visitors, so, if you have any questions, please call us on 01840 770328 for advice.
What should I bring?
We recommend sturdy shoes, wet weather gear, and sun cream and as there's not much shade on the island, hats on hot days – plus, plenty of water.
Is it suitable for small children?
Children love visiting Tintagel Castle but please be aware that there are uneven surfaces and steep slopes so children will need to be supervised. If you are bringing toddlers, we advise using a baby carrier or baby backpack.
Is there disabled access? Can I get to the island and castle without using steps?
Wheelchair access is limited due to the geography of the site. If you would like to talk to us about your specific requirements before visiting, please contact the team on 01840 770328.
Although we ask our visitors to follow a one-way route around the site, which means leaving via 140 steep steps, visitors can avoid these steps by crossing back across the bridge for step free access.
The busiest days at Tintagel tend to be school holidays between 11am and 3pm. The last timeslot of the day usually provides a quieter experience on-site, which can be beneficial to visitors with access requirements or autistic spectrum conditions.
Can I take a carer for free?
Yes, a companion or helper will be admitted free of charge. Please select a Carer ticket type when you book your ticket for your companion.
Can I bring my assistance dog?
Yes. All dogs on leads are welcome to explore Tintagel Castle.
Is there transport down to the shop, exhibition and cafe area?
A private Land Rover shuttle service operates from the charged parking in Tintagel village to the castle (separate charge). This service can carry most visitors, including visually impaired and ambulant disabled people to the shop, exhibition and café area - and back up the hill again.
The Land Rover service can also drop visitors at the beginning of the step-free path that leads up to the castle ruins.
Are there toilets in the castle or on the island?
No, toilets are situated by the Membership and Ticket desk, café and exhibition only.
Can I access the castle without crossing the bridge?
If possible, we ask our visitors to follow a one-way route around the site which means crossing the bridge and leaving via 140 steep steps. However, visitors can also enter the castle via the steps. These are very narrow and can be busy at peak times so if you’d like to avoid crossing the bridge, we’d recommend visiting at a quieter time.
When is the best time to visit Tintagel Castle?
During peak times such as the school holidays, we can encounter a high number of visitors to Tintagel Castle. If you would like to enjoy the site at a quieter and more relaxing time, we would recommend booking the last timeslot of the day.