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.
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