Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle
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Immerse yourself in history, myth and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle on Cornwall's rugged north coast. Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers, artists, and even the brother of a king. Now it's your turn to be inspired. Book online now to get the best price and get ready for a legendary, great-value family day out at one of Cornwall’s must-see attractions. Don’t miss: - Journey across the spectacular award-winning footbridge - Meet Gallos, the larger-than-life bronze sculpture of an ancient king - Explore Merlin’s Cave and paddle in rock pools on the beach - Take in dramatic coastal views and look out for wildlife on the clifftops
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  • Draculas_Bride666
    Rothwell, United Kingdom745 contributions
    Lots to explore
    This has been on our list since the dreaded C hit - finally we made it. What a great place. It is quite expensive if we have English Heritage so cheap for us. Lots to explore, beach and caves fabulous. It does get a bit windy on the top so take a scarf and a warm jacket.
    Visited January 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • mikeandtraceyball
    Derby, United Kingdom52 contributions
    Stunning! Over priced
    Visited this castle when it was closed (unintentionally). The bridge was obviously also closed but this didn't bother us as there was great views of the bridge from the castle itself. The walk to get to the castle is incredibly steep and not for the faint hearted so good to see that there is a land-rover option for the less mobile. The castle is just basically ruins so not much to see there but I am sure incredible history but the sea views and before mentioned views of the bridge were simply stunning. I must say in the evening at sundown I think it made the visit even more enjoyable. Looking at the prices, although we really enjoyed our visit there is no way I would pay full price for tickets to cross the bridge when open.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 7, 2023
  • RickyCardiff
    Cardiff, United Kingdom454 contributions
    Mid week break in Cornwall
    This super building has an excellent location overlooking the fabled Tintagel Castle. Sea views all around are marvellous and coastal walks are on the doorstep. The Hotel has an excellent cuisine and staff are welcoming and efficient. Only wish I’d been able to stay a bit longer. Whilst most of the Country suffered snow falls, Tintagel was snow free.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Graeme
    New York City, New York1 contribution
    Breathtaking
    Went as part of our honeymoon trip. Fantastic experience, nothing like this in the US. A little bit wild if you are afraid of heights, but I emphatically recommend going, and doing the full tour. Truly a magical place
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 12, 2023
  • W.A.C.
    Bridport, United Kingdom45 contributions
    Awesome!!
    We last came 4 years ago when the Castle was shut as they were building the bridge. We vowed We would come back and cross that bridge, and today we did!! What a fantastic place, the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The very steep walk down to the castle played havoc with my knees, but it's worth it. It was a very, very windy day when we visited, which makes the walk across the bridge a bit lairy (they were thinking of closing it as we left, due to the weather) but oh my! the views. The Cornish coast is stunning, and the castle is fascinating. It's slightly rough terrain so decent shoes are a good idea, but a well-marked and maintained path makes it a bit easier. Definitely worth the walk up to the King. I just wish I was a couple of decades younger so I could come here again and again!!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 23, 2023
  • 436Mimi
    London, United Kingdom131 contributions
    Awesome to behold
    Incredible place to visit. We had a lovely experience, made even better by glorious weather. This is definitely not a place for anyone who has trouble walking or needs accessible routes. The hills are super steep and the pathways/ steps are completely uneven. The trek down to Merlin’s cave is very hazardous for anyone not sturdy on their feet. If you do manage to do it, it is awesome and a fantastic sight to behold. Excellent photo opportunities and a lovely cafe as a reward for all the walking involved.
    Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and that the weather was on your side.
    Written June 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 4, 2023
  • mcareswell
    Warrington, United Kingdom76 contributions
    Tintagel do it.
    Really enjoyed our two hours walking around the castle site and enjoying the sun, fresh air and incredible views. And of course, the history of the castle is fascinating. The staff were all friendly and even my teenage daughter was amazed by how much she enjoyed it.
    Glad the sun was out during your visit and that your daughter found the site interesting! Thanks so much for leaving us a review and we hope you come back again soon :)
    Written June 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 7, 2023
  • tassieNigel
    Melbourne, Australia47 contributions
    Stunning views and wouldn't have missed it
    Quite expensive, but enjoyed every moment. If I had to find fault it'd be with the lack of signage once you've crossed the bridge. The museum felt a bit dated to be honest. It felt like to me, too much is made of the 1200s plus castle and what happened after and not enough about 400 AD and the huge tin trading that occurred with the Romans and the Mediterranean traders.
    Thanks very much for the feedback and for the review! Glad you enjoyed your visit :)
    Written June 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 8, 2023
  • PandyPandora
    Harpenden, United Kingdom913 contributions
    Tintagel Castle - Cornwall
    Tintagel Castle is managed by English Heritage and it is advisable to book timed tickets online in advance. The closest car park is The Castle Car Park on Atlantic Road (in the Wootons Inn). I think it was cash only at the time of our visit (£3.50 for two hours, £5 for all day). There are plenty of other car parks around the town if this is full. The entrance to the site is at the top of Castle Road and you then need to allow 20-30 minutes to walk down the road to the entrance to the footbridge where your timed ticket slot begins. At the bottom of Castle Road, near the footbridge to the island, is a nice cafe (Beach Cafe), gift shop, interesting exhibition of the site and toilets. The buildings are refurbished from the mining industry. There are also great views looking up at the footbridge and island and of the coast. Double check on the English Heritage website on the day of your visit as the footbridge and island may be closed due to the weather as happened to us. If this is the case, you will still be able to walk down to the cafe, shop and toilets and get the views. We saw that there is a Land Rover service to take you back up the (very steep) Castle Road. This is not managed by English Heritage and there is a small fee. It's worth every penny! The isolated church you can see near the coast from the top of Castle Road is St Materiana's Church. Top tip from the English Heritage lady that you can drive to the church. There is a free National Trust car park there. The church itself is interesting but the highlight are the spectacular views of Tintagel island and the coast. You can even see the Gallos statue on the island. Amazing.
    Thanks so much for such a detailed review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit :)
    Written June 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 11, 2023
  • NichaUk
    1,233 contributions
    Must see place to visit
    We are English Hertitage members, but if we had been paying I felt £47 for a family ticket expensive. Nearest parking is in the village and you walk down. The path branches to the left to climb up and go over the footbridge. Note there are toilets but these are at the bottom of the hill. This is a very exposed headland so be prepared. The scenery is amazing and loads of history. You take a different route down that'll take you to the bottom of the hill where there's a cafe and toilets. Part way down this path you can drop down to the beach and see the caves (not English Heritage), be warned the steps have fallen away right at the bottom and people were just clambering everywhere, not waiting for others to go past. It was a little dangerous to be honest, as any fall would be onto stone or concrete. The walk back up is for sure up hill. There is an option to pay for a land-rover to take you up at extra cost.
    Thanks very much for the feedback and for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit!
    Written June 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 12, 2023
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KABReading
Reading, UK290 contributions
Sep 2020
We were blessed with the one clear and sunny day in a fortnight of wind and rain on the day we visited Tintagel Castle, which made it all the more special as the site is quite exposed and I can imagine its not such a nice day out in bad weather.

Due to Covid-19 they encourage you to pre-book tickets as spaces are limited, we had but there appeared to be a fair amount of people who had not and they all seemed to get in (perhaps because its out of season). The staff had a good system going and they were managing the flow of visitors well to avoid over crowding. Once you pass over the bridge onto the island there is plenty of space to allow social distancing.

There are lots of information boards and its worth stopping and reading them, or if you are really interested in the history buy the guide book, we didn't because we felt it was quite pricy.

The entrance to the castle is a reasonable walk down a steep hill from the small town of Tintagel, although there is a landrover that will ferry you up and down (for a price). Despite this I would not recommend Tintagel of you have mobility problems, there is a well tended path and I can see that there has been effort to make this accessible, but its still a craggy island off the coast of Cornwall and there are plenty of steps, particularly at the moment with the current one way system in place which requires you to exit down the many steps from the side of the island (I am sure special arrangement are made if you are less mobile and you may be allowed to exit back over the bridge).

Overall we felt that this was a great place to visit, the entrance fee was a fair price if you avoided all the added extras like the guide book and the landrover up and down the hill.

The only part of our couple of hours at the Castle was the exhibition, which we felt was a bit of a let down after we had queued to get in, a very small room with a few pieces of pottery and some more wrote up on the history of the island. If there is a queue I would advise you skip it.
Written October 11, 2020
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jivebanana
Coulsdon, UK602 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
This is the most stunning place in a stunning location. We booked prior to visiting which you need to do. The weather was incredibly moody with a murky sea mist that just added to the mystery of the whole place. We had to queue to get in even though we had booked as it is a big site and lots of people arrive at the same time. The castle is a ruin so remember waterproofs if it’s raining. You will also need sturdy walking shoes or trainers as the ground is uneven. The bridge over the cliffs is an amazing feat of engineering and I love how English Heritage tell a story with their descriptions which really gives you a sense of the place and how it was when it was a proper castle. There is a fabulous statue of King Arthur on the hill in the distance and, sad old me thought I was seeing a ghost as the mist cleared! Sadly not but it was still a great photo opportunity. There is a small cafe but you are maybe better off going into the town where are there are loads of places to get a drink. However - be warned - the hill to get there is steep and good footwear is a must. The route out of the castle also takes you down some very steep and uneven steps too so not for the faint hearted or for those who find walking difficult. After you have managed to climb down the steps you must then climb up the crazily steep Cornish hill back to the town. There is a Land Rover bus service to take you up the hill which is not expensive and that might be good if you have small children. It’s a great place and there are wonderful views in the sunshine but equally atmospheric in the mist. A truly magical place.
Written October 14, 2020
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BickersExplores
Cowbridge, UK590 contributions
Dec 2019
Visited Tintagel about 30 years ago and just had a really fond if distant memory of it. I had followed the development of the new bridge with interest and so following a trip to Cornwall we decided to make the detour to visit the landmark on our way home to Wales.
Now to be honest we were on a budget so £28 appeared slightly costly and we were concerned whether it warranted this expense. How stupid of us to even question this. Totally worth it and of course we are supporting English Heritage in their mission. A very bold bit of engineering in a stunning place - whats not to like.
My only concern would be if one is considering going at peak season. Even on a very blustery (force 7.5 wind) and the odd drizzle shower on a weekday in early January there were still a good number of people. One can only imagine how busy it can get but obviously numbers are limited due to ticketing.
Congratulations to English Heritage on the bold building of the bridge plus the excellent interpretation around the site but also to all the staff we met - they were professional but so friendly and helpful.
Written February 3, 2020
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Frazzzzle
153 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We were hoping to book tickets for the morning but only afternoon slots were available but this actually worked out well as it wasn’t too busy. Booking is essential at the moment due to COVID, the booking slots are well managed and only allowing a certain number of people in and encouraging a 2 metre distance to be kept throughout your visit. Tickets were £16 per person which included walking the grounds, ruins and across the bridge.

There was a car park around 5 minutes away from the castle which was cheap to park in - the walk down the hill to the castle is fine but the walk back... is steep! I’d highly recommend the £1.50 Land Rover shuttle bus which I turned down at the time and regretted when I got to the top!

Walking around was fascinating - the ruins were so interesting and had posts to read to let you know what all the ruins were originally. The views were stunning and definitely worth the money alone! Walking up and down on the different levels was tiring as a lot of it is steep up hill; but you can take your time and where there were only a certain amount of people in, you weren’t hurried by other visitors.

The bridge was also a great part of the visit and provided you with a new experience and other views. All in all, a great afternoon - you could spend hours walking around the coastal walks and exploring all areas although we were fitting a few activities into one day so we did the minimum really but still thoroughly enjoyed it! Would recommend (but be prepared for aching legs the next day)!
Written October 8, 2020
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Martin M
20 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Fantastic views of the bay and coast which also has a beautiful waterfall running over the cliff edge and small walk through caves. interesting information plaques dotted around the ruins on the upper parts of the island, explaining what may have been there. However, there is no castle, mainly just low level wall outline ruins. The new modern bridge is the most striking monument, therefore maybe the location should be renamed "Tintagel Bridge". Definitely overpriced to visit this place and the town is ripping people off with their overpriced gift shops and eateries. Even the public convenience in the town charges 50p per person. Covid-19 rules are seemingly in place when you book on line but not when you get there, that goes out of the window as no social distancing or mask wearing was adhered to when everyone queued to go over the bridge.
Worth visiting, but not worth the prices charged. Parking in town is also chargeable.
Written September 16, 2020
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Lainey
Wimborne Minster, UK24 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Advise booking in advance! We managed to get tickets on the same day (Sunday) for 4pm. Even though the website said it was fully booked initially. It was a sunny warm day and I can image any hotter it would be a challenging walk, but also if it had been wet and windy too as the paths around the area do venture close to the cliff edges. There is no safety fencing which would quite rightly spoil the views and atmosphere of the castle. There was only 25% of the normal number of visitors allowed there which was perfect and the pathway had a one way system which worked well. Overall it was certainly a worthwhile visit with great photography opportunities and great coastal views.
Written September 6, 2020
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keefnjojo
Plymouth, UK1,397 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We have been meaning to visit hear for years but never managed to organise it. With not been able to travel abroad we made the most of holidaying nearer to home and made sure we booked in here.

Its surprising how busy this place gets despite the weather not being great on the day we visited so please make sure you book before you arrive and check the website as high winds will make them close as its on a very exposed cliff. Also allow plenty of time to get to the entrance as you will have to park in Tintagel Village and walk down or alternatively you can pay to catch the Land Rover.

You have to walk a one way system at the moment which we found helpful as it means you don't miss anything. There are beautiful views all around and of course the history itself.

The newly added bridge and statue make this must to visit, so glad we finally got around to visiting. If you are English Heritage you can get in for free.

There are toilets, a cafe and little shop at the exit but the exhibition is closed at the moment.
Written May 9, 2021
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LesKeggin
Birkenhead, UK313 contributions
Sep 2020
Visited here with friends. Minimal queuing , covid-19 measures in place dictated timed entry and online ticket purchase. Entrance across the bridge is spectacular, if you don't like heights then close your eyes and hold on tight..!! The various levels do take it out on your feet and lungs, if in a wheelchair then good luck. Exiting the island via the bottom bridge/steps was hard on the knees, I took advantage of the landcover taxi service back upto the main gate (£2 pp) If you're in the area plan ahead and visit this magical spot.
Written October 8, 2020
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Kezzle80
Peterborough, UK104 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited here in August on a very windy day. We were worried the castle would be closed but on arrival was advised it was level 6 and they close on a level 8! Cannot imagine what level 8 must feel like as at times it was SO windy! Thankfully it didn’t stop us enjoying the visit and the sun was shining too. We visited with an 8 and 3 year old and all managed it ok. I was concerned over how my 3 year old would manage after reading reviews before our visit, along with my nervous husband who I thought would be a nervous wreck with the cliffs and excited children but it really was fine. Now don’t get me wrong, if you had mobility issues, don’t like heights or tire easy then it’s probably not for you. The bridge is something else, don’t recommend looking through the gaps! Very steady though and you feel safe. It’s a good trek in total but as it’s beautiful with stops along the way to take pictures and read the different bits no one complained at all. We did however take the Land Rover trip at the end to take us back to exit! Worth every penny as we were all pretty tired and windswept at this point! The beach is beautiful and we thankfully anticipated the tide times correctly for our visit to get to venture down and explore. You can see this without visiting the castle but we felt like it was worth the money (even if my 8 year old was expecting more Windsor castle rather than the remains there actually is here!) The views from up high are magical and the COVId one way system works well (aside from the few who forget to social distance but you get that everywhere!) Would visit again and Tintagel is a lovely little place to visit too.
Written September 2, 2020
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Khitch83
United Kingdom34 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
You must pre book at the moment because of COVID, but be aware that whilst visitors to the main island are limited, and you must have admission, the beach is free to access and walking around Tintagel the town is crowded, so do not attend if you are worried about social distancing because on Merlin’s beach and the steps down to the beach it was pretty much impossible. The shops however have very clear guidance. It is very beautiful and the town is quaint with lots of pubs and gift shops. You can get a Land Rover shuttle from the town to the beach for £2, you must wear a mask unless exempt. The main island itself has some breathtaking views and the fabulous sculpture/statue at the top, but the castle is ruins, so do not go expecting to see an actual castle. I would not recommend if you have a fear of heights or vertigo as the paths are very steep and mostly along the cliff edge. Due to the one way system to return you have to use the very steep steps to the old bridge which may be a problem if you have walking/mobility issues. The hill down and back up to the town/village is also very steep.
Written August 22, 2020
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