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“very atmospheric” 5 of 5 stars
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Tintagel Castle
Tintagel PL34 0DB, England
01840 770328
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Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Tintagel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
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“very atmospheric”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

The whole King Arthur myth is very hard to escape in Tintagel but it was nice to get a bit of factual background as well as the stories. i visited two days in a row as one of them there was very thick fog which made for a great atmosphere and it was easy to see how the legends have endured, although there were no views at all. in clearer weather the view along the coastline is absolutely spectacular and worth the stairs. There really are a lot of stairs here too, a steep walk down/up from the entrance to the village (4x4 ride for £2/adult) and then to get either down to the water or up to the island and mainland castle ruins the steps can be very steep and uneven and were quite slippery in the misty conditions. so while it wasn't the most relaxing part of my holiday it was certainly one of the best and most memorable outtings.

Visited October 2012
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“View from outside for free”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

It's just a bit of a ruin so don't bother paying to go in. There are better views of it from the surrounding headlands.

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“Ruins on top of a cliff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

If I owned it I'd be tempted to dig the whole thing up just to see exactly what was there - atmospheric and mysterious with great views and a lot of exercise - but exactly who was Arthur?

Visited September 2012
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Incredibly steep steps, to a pile of rubble, nice soup in the cafe though. You can pay £2 for a trip back to the village

Visited September 2012
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“magical”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Loved the village - steep walk down to the entrance to the Castle. Landrover can take you up and down for £2 - not sure whether that was one way or return.
Lovely cafe and shop at the entrance - still more steps down to the cove and Merlin's cave.
English Heritage members are free.

There are lots and lots of steps so a reasonable level of fitness in necessary. Not suitable for pushchairs. it is worth it though and lovely to wander around the ruins at the top and the ehadland. Gorgeous views even though it wasnt a wonderful day weather wise. Lots of places for kids to run around and experience the mystery of the place.

Do do visit the Old Post office in the village.

Visited September 2012
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