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.
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.
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.Book online