Tintagel Castle


With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, and the ruins of a medieval castle to explore, Tintagel Castle is an ideal destination for inspirational learning.

"Enjoyed the fantastic scenery and the stories and I’m sure that most will return again and again!"

KS2 Teacher
Wadebridge, Cornwall

Curriculum links

  • KS1-3 History: Local History Study
  • KS1 History: How people's lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • KS2 History: How several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality, a study of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 significant in the locality.
  • KS3 History: Development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509, ideas, political power, industry and empire in Britain 1745-1901.

Free Self-led Visits

Standing half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland projecting into the Atlantic, Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain. Its association with King Arthur also makes it one of the most famous, although the history of the site stretches back centuries before the first tales of Arthur. Use our downlaodable Hazard Information sheet below, to help you plan your trip. 

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Plan Your Visit

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit our what to expect page.

Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!


  • Facilities
    • TINTAGEL CASTLE: The footbridge is open for you to cross onto Tintagel Island, and the island walk is open. There is a one-way route on and off the island with visitors leaving via 140 steep steps. The beach & Merlin's Cave are open (depending on tide times). Please be aware that narrow paths and stairways require careful negotiation to maintain social distancing. We recommend giving yourself at least 30 minutes to walk from the village car parks to the footbridge entrance.
    • PARKING: There is no parking or vehicular access on to the site. Car and coach parking is available in Tintagel village – charges apply.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: There is indoor space available for bag storage only.
    • TOILETS: There is a long hill walk if students want to access toilets before their entrance to the castle. There are public toilets in the village.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic; there are plenty of grassed areas around the site. The cafe will be open for refreshments.
    • SHOP: The shop sells a range of English Heritage gifts and souvenirs. Please bring your students in supervised small groups.
  • Learning Resources

    A Teachers' Kit is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the place you are visiting. Featuring historical information, suggestions for activities, and high-quailty images, this resource is a comprehensive toolkit for group leaders of various subjects and key stages. Kits also include key site information, facilities, plans and hazard information.  


    Edited and translated versions of our Teachers' Kits are available to support you and your group if you are visiting from another country.


  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    • April-September: Monday-Sunday 10-6pm
    • September-October: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm
    • November: Wednesday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 1 December-23 December: Friday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 26 December-1 January: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 2 January-10 February: Friday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 11 February-19 February: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 20 February-31 March: Wednesday-Sunday 10-4pm
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