Access

Tintagel Castle is a historic site situated on the cliff tops 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.

For the first time we are introducing step free access onto the island via our new footbridge, which we hope will allow many more people to enjoy Tintagel. However the path to the castle entrance is steep and narrow in places, and can be difficult for visitors with reduced mobility. 

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. 

Mobility / Older Visitors
Accessible Toilets
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Adult Changing Area
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Handrails
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Easy-use Cutlery
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Assistance Dogs Welcome
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Wheelchair Loan
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Site Folders
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Dog Bowl and Toileting
Yes – a dog bowl is available outside the shop. Dog bins are also available.
Wheelchair Access
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 site on 01840 770328. We have a wheelchair available for use on the island. Please book by telephoning the site in advance and a member of our site team will be happy to help.
Entrance / Set Down
No set down area.
Disabled Parking
No disabled parking on site. A Land Rover service is available (Apr - Oct) to take visually impaired and ambulant disabled people to the castle entrance.
OnSite Transport
There is a steep hill from the parking area down to the site ticket desk, which takes between 10-15 minutes to walk. A private Land Rover shuttle service operates from the charged parking in Tintagel village to and from the castle between April and October (separate charge). This service can carry most visitors, including visually impaired and ambulant disabled people to the shop, exhibition and café area. Please phone 01840 770350 for information.
Stairs
The new footbridge provides step free access to the castle. If you do not want to cross the bridge, there is an alternative entrance via 140 steps up to the castle which begins by the visitor centre. Access to Tintagel Beach is via steep steps only.
Lift Access
No lifts on site.
Seating And Restpoints
Some resting points at the site.
Pathways Surface And Gradients
Surfaces in the castle include grass, gravel, cobbles and flagstones. Many of the surfaces are uneven and include changes of level.
Blind / Visually Impaired
Accessible Toilets
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Handrails
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Assistance Dogs Welcome
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Braille Guides
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Braille Signage
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Torches
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Sensory Experiences
No
Dog Bowl and Toileting
Yes – a dog bowl is available outside the shop. Dog bins are also available.
Handling Objects
No
Audio Tours
No
Tactile Models
No
Areas Of Low Lighting
Yes in the exhibition room.
Colour Contrasts
No
Large Print
No
Deaf / Hard of Hearing
Assistance Dogs Welcome
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Vibrating Fire Alarms
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Tour Transcripts
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Film Subtitles
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BSL Tours
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Audio Installation Transcripts
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Dog Bowl and Toileting
Yes – a dog bowl is available outside the shop. Dog bins are also available.
Induction Loops
Located at both the pay point and shop.
Learning Difficulties
Accessible Toilets
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Adult Changing Area
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Easy-use Cutlery
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Sensory Experiences
No
Handling Objects
No
Easy Read Material
No
Large Print Material
No
Culinary / Dietary
Easy-use Cutlery
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Bottle / Food Warming
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High Chairs
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Special Diets
Gluten free and dairy - ask for details.
Health And Safety
Deep Water
Site located on cliff edge care must be taken in all areas of the site.
Trip Hazard
Animal burrows.
Sheer Drop
Site located on cliff edge care must be taken in all areas of the site.
Slip Hazard
Natural grass and stone surfaces may be slippery when wet.
Steep Slope
Very steep slopes and cliffs due to the rugged terrain of the headland.
Steep Stairs
Steep cliffs on rocky headland. Access to castle via over 100 steep steps.
Beware Of Traffic
Main access path from village shared with limited off road traffic.
Uneven Ground
Surfaces in the castle include grass, gravel, cobbles and flagstones. Many of the surfaces are uneven and include changes of level.

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). If you would like to talk to us about your access requirements before visiting, please contact the site on 01840 770328.

Can I get to the island and castle without using steps?

The new footbridge at Tintagel allows step free access to the castle and island, however there is a steep hill up to the bridge so for some visitors accessing the bridge may be challenging. We would recommend contacting us for more details about planning your visit.

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 you do not want to cross the footbridge, there is an alternative entrance via 140 steps up to the castle which begins by the visitor centre. Members of staff can direct you on your arrival. Wearing suitable footwear is essential.

Is there disabled access?

Due to its clifftop setting, getting around Tintagel Castle is challenging for visitors with reduced mobility. Please phone on 01840 770328 for more information when planning your visit.

A private Land Rover shuttle service operates from the charged parking in Tintagel village to and from the castle between April and October (separate charge). This service can carry most visitors, including visually impaired and ambulant disabled people to the shop, exhibition and café area.

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 from 4.30pm onwards.

 

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We have introduced timed tickets at Tintagel Castle. At peak times of the year Tintagel can get very busy, so timed tickets will help us manage the number of people entering the castle. This will help us to protect the archaeology and ecology of this important site.

For the first time you can book your tickets ahead of your visit. If you are a Member your ticket will be free, but booking in advance means that you can plan your visit at the best time for you.

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Tintagel Castle

Address:
Castle Road, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE
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