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“Ruins - always fun!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle
Tintagel PL34 0DB, England
01840 770328
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Tintagel
Type: Ancient Ruins, Castles, Mysterious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This brooding 13th-century castle sits on the rugged and spectacular Atlantic coast in Cornwall, which recalls the myth and mystery associated with King Arthur and Merlin the magician.
London, United Kingdom
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“Ruins - always fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

Rugged ruins overlooking the atlantic - romantic - wear a thick coat in winter - its a tad windy!

Visited November 2011
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“fantastic place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

beautiful landsacpe, hugely atmospheric ruins, really gives you a sense of the romance of the Middle Ages.

Visited October 2011
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“great day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

need to be fairly fit for this, but glad we did not take youngsters due to steep climbs on stairways and sheer drops.
expensive for what you get , highly recommend the walk down to cave-try and make sure it is low tide otherwise you miss out we just got lucky as had not even thought of that aspect.

Visited September 2011
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“Dramatic Views & Rugged Ruins; Breath-taking!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

It was a drizzly, slightly misty August day when I visited the castle with friends, but this only added to the atmosphere of this fascinating place, steeped in myths & mystery, along with a good smattering of notable archaeological finds & interesting history.
The historic & archaeological aspects stretch back to Roman times when there was a settlement & military outpost on site. Mediterranean pottery (5th & 6th Centuries) has been found as well as 6th & 7th Century Malagan Spanish glass & a 1500 year old Latin-inscribed piece of slate. The current remains & ruins are from Richard, Earl of Cornwall’s castle, built in 1233.
The legends & myths are associated with King Arthur who is said to have been conceived & born there, protected by the magician, Merlin, who lived in the cave below. It’s worth popping down to see the cave, at low tide; we loved it.
Tintagel was a trading settlement of Celtic Kings of Cornwall & legend has it that one of these was King Mark, whose nephew, Tristan, fell in love with Isolde; their romance was doomed.
The extensive ruins are on a narrow headland & are severely weathered but it’s still an amazing place to explore & fun to try & imagine what a magnificent place it would have been. It would be a great picnic spot. The panoramic views are stunning &, as dark clouds began to roll into view from cliffs to the side, it was eerily atmospheric.
Before climbing up the countless steps to the castle, or reaching Merlin’s Cave, there is a very nice café & a souvenir shop, cashing in on all the legends! They also sell things like mead; very tasty! It’s quite a walk from the main street through Tintagel & one can pay a couple of pounds (each way) to hitch a ride on one of the Landrovers that goes up & down, between the town & café.
Getting up to the castle requires a certain level of stamina & it’s not suitable for pushchairs or people with mobility problems or (possibly) heart conditions. Not only are there many steps but it’s narrow in places & one has to contend with other visitors coming in the opposite direction as there is only one route up & down. Supervision of youngsters is vital as the wind can be strong up on the cliff top; the ruins are very open & “inviting” for young explorers who want to climb.
August 2011 prices were £5.50p per adult, £3.30p per child (5-15 yrs) £5 concessions & £14.30p per family ticket.

Visited August 2011
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“castle is closed in the winter except week ends”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

Disappointingly the castle is closed during the week in Winter. We could hwever see the whole thing from our hotelk room in the Camelot Castle

Visited November 2011
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