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“Beautiful Views - Lots of exercise to be had!”
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Tintagel Castle
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Private, Full-Day Tour to Port Isaac, Padstow, and Tintagel from Cornwall
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Full-Day Guided Private Port Isaac, Padstow and Tintagel Tour from Devon
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Tintagel
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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. New exhibition explores the stories linking Tintagel to King Arthur which includes a 3D model of the site illustrating how it has changed over the centuries. Dog friendly and child friendly, this is a great day out for all the family.
Plymouth, Devon
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54 reviews
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“Beautiful Views - Lots of exercise to be had!”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

This place is beautiful, the views alone are worth the money, let alone the story behind the ruins.
I would say that unless you are reasonably fit, you may find this a struggle. There are lots of steps to climb both sides of the bridge and we passed a few people that had stopped for a breather as it was quite strenuous. Obviously there isn't anything that can be done about this, it's a medieval relic so it's lovely as it is but I think there should be a sign up where you pay to say that it is quite physically demanding. Having said this, I loved it! Spectacular views and a great place to clamber down to the caves at the bottom (again, quite demanding!) as well as picturing folk in mediaeval times milling around the place. Fab if you're fit enough, just fon't take a buggy or anybody with a physical ailment.

Visited July 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“An alternative”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

I'm not sure what you are getting for your over £5 admission fee because as others say, there is not much of a castle left. As an alternative, walk to the Camelot Hotel at the end of the main street (veers right then left), take the path to the right of the hotel gate and join the coastal path. Enjoy the same spectacular coastal views, go past the little cove, past the castle remnants and continue on the coastal path to the landmark church. Remark on the list of Tintagel vicars going back to 1257 and then back to the town on the road. Lovely round trip, lots of coastal views, all free.

Visited July 2013
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“great day out”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

had a fantastic day. for all family as long as you are fit lots of steps and hills . there is not a castle just a few ruins exciting looking around all the all the path ways tho and the views are fantastic from all angles. my 11 year old enjoyed every bit we spent about 3 hours there . only down side was the cost of the land rover trip back up the hill we found if you walk the road way and not the path way its not so long and steep

Visited July 2013
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tucson, arizona
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“Amazing place to visit, but strenuous climbs involved”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

If you're into ancient and medieval history, or Arthurian legends, this is a must on the to-do list.

The castle at Tintagel is in ruins, so don't expect a Disneyesque type castle, but the views and atmosphere are outstanding and well worth the steep climb.

The 10 minute walk down to the castle is steep and there's a Landrover shuttle service for GBP2 per person if necessary. The climb up to the ruins is very steep, single person wide steps in many places so some might find it a challenge, especially young children.

At the base of the castle, there's a small cafe and gift shop, toilets, and you can climb down to the bay and explore Merlin's cave. The beach and cave are free, but there's a fee to get into the castle itself.

Visited June 2013
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“Tint angel castle”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Not much there if it was a local spot then worth seeing but would not make a long journey for it also need to be able to walk no good for those in a wheelchair or mobility problem very near cliff edge so keep eye on young ones

Visited July 2013
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