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“Tintagel Castle” 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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“Tintagel Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The feeling of history is all around you. Everything you need there including tea rooms and facilities. A photographers paradise.

Visited September 2012
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“Tintagel Castle - stunning place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Absolutely stunning location atop the cliffs.
As others have mentioned - it might not be for the unfit or less-abled amongst us (although I did do it just a few days after twisting my ankle - I took it slowly and very carefully ans still managed to get to just about all of it)
There are loads of steps but the views are really stunning - each time you think you have seen the best view you turn around or walk a few paces and there is another equally stunning or even better view. Not altogether sure I would want to visit on a particularly cold or overcast day as the views would be less spectacular and there is just about no shelter from the wind.

There is a short film to watch about Tintagel before you go up to the castle and that was really good.

There is a cave down on the beach called Merlin's cave - because of my ankle I did not manage to get down to that but the rest of the people I was with did and said it was cool to see a cave go right through the headland that the castle is perched on.

From the village, the base of the castle steps is a bit of a walk (think they estimate 7-10 minutes walk) - fine on the way down but uphill on the way back - because of my ankle we paid for the landrover service to take us down and back up (£2 each way but the driver added some interesting snippets about Tintagel, the cave and tide times)

While we were wandering around the castle there were several kestrels flying around.

I would thoroughly recommend going here - I would add that wheelchairs and pushchairs would not be able to get up the steps and it should be noted that there are no fences around the cliffs at the top so I know my visit would have been a totally different visit had I been having to watch over a couple of young kiddies

(oh and toilets are at the visitor centre - none up on the headland

Visited October 2012
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“King Arthurs Pyle!....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

What a fantastic, mystic, fairytale location!.... Although not for the faint hearted of unfit! Lots of climbing and walking, but worth it for the views as they are stunning....

Visited November 2012
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“Arthurian law”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

A place to dream, it was built in 1233 by Richard, Earl of Cornwall to link him forever with King Arthur.

It will stretch your legs the climb to the top, plus the climb back up to the main road, but just take your time and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it all. Think of the legend and go with your own thoughts, romance a bit and maybe you can be a main character.

It is no different today with property, location, location but this was more strategic. Climb down the rocks to the beach area for some great photo shots, nice small waterfall but a cove to add a backdrop. Several stops along the climb up reveal a number of interesting places , cross reference them with your guide and you may be surprised.

Walk the perimeter and take in the views, look out to sea and maybe you will see the ghosts of bygone days. A very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours, a nice cafe is there for some local nourishment, although the Tintagel town area has a lot to offer in the food and beverage realms. Try a homemade Pasty from the local bakeshop, stand outside and watch them prepare different ones from scratch before they go to the ovens.

Well worth the visit.

Visited September 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Set aside at least 1/2 day for Tintagel and its attractions. Parking is easy, most of Tintagel town is a level walk. The castle requires a little more fitness but is well worth a couple of hours
and there are landrovers to wisk up there and back in the summer if you wish.

Visit the vistor centre now run by the parish Council for loads of local knowledge and gifts.
There are several pubs, restaurants and some good pasty producers. Some gift shops are
of the 'dark arts' type and there are other more general ones.

Ideal for all ages - and near to Boscastle to make a days trip worthwhile

Visited August 2012
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