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“Great Walking, Great Views, Great Attraction” 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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“Great Walking, Great Views, Great Attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Located on a headland by the village of Tintagel, the castle is not, as many seem to believe, the mythical Camelot, but it certainly has enough mystery and legends associated with it to make you think it really was! The castle itself is a ruin, but the views are amazing and the walking is varied. What I like about Tintagel Castle is that it doesn't try to capitalise too much on the Arthurian legends - a short film at the entrance explains the myth and how it grew, without dismissing the idea that Arthur could have existed in some form and emphasises the intriguing history of the castle whether Arthur was present here or not.

because of its steep steps and cliff top location, do not visit the castle in wet or windy weather. It is also unsuitable for young children or those with mobility problems for the views alone, this. There is a Land Rover taxi service for £2 each way down from the village (a steep descent / ascent) and entrance to the castle is £5.70 per adult - very good value indeed.

All in all, an excellent option for a morning or afternoon on a nice summer day.

Visited August 2012
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“tintagel castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

very good- but loads of steps!Views amazing and lovely cove nearby to collapse on after climbing up the steps to the ruin itself.

Visited August 2012
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“Magical experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Beautiful place to visit, I never tire of this wonderful area, and walk up to this castle every day whilst visiting Tintagel.

Visited July 2012
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“Go for the walk and the views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

On a beautiful day it's a nice walk up. Even though Arthur never had anything to do with it of course, it's worth a visit if only for the views that are spectacular. See the remains of the old castle and imagine how it would have been to live there. Just one question bothered me: who in his right mind gave permission to build that enourmous and very ugly hotel on the other side of the cliff..?

Visited July 2012
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“Stunning location, not for the feint-hearted”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Absolutely stunning location, well worth the walk and steps.

The guidebook is a must, because without the background and history, there isn't as much to take in.

Would advise going on a non-rainy day because the terrain is quite varied - don't expect pavements or pathways.

We are fit walkers and runners and even we found some of the steps very steep, so if you are in anyway unstable on your feet, give this one a miss.

There is another option, get the shuttle landrover down to the shop and tea room, enjoy the view from there.

We took our dog, but wish we hadn't because there are a lot of steps, and paths quite close to the edges of cliffs.

But we are so glad we visited, amazingly stunning scenery and so much to learn.

Highly recommended - if you are stable on your feet,

Visited August 2012
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