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Tintagel Castle
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Ranked #7 of 15 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I first came to Tintagel on holiday as a child in 1976 and loved it, particularly this gem. Yes its hard work with all those steps and a steep climb back to the village, but worth every aching muscle and rivulet (river!) of sweat. I have been back to Cornwall half a dozen times since my childhood and never missed visiting the castle.

The weather does improve the experience no end, my most recent previous visit was in the pouring rain in June 2005 (the only time!) I still enjoyed it but literally dampened the experience somewhat.

Yes the heatwave last week made it even harder work than usual, but the views, the colour of that glorious sea (there is the castle as well of course!) and the atmosphere made it absolutely worthwhile. Only gripe was the sheer number of what appeared to be foreign students arriving by the busload and whose contribution to the day mainly consisted of conversational shouting which spoiled the atmosphere somewhat. Anyway we stuck around long enough for them to depart and for peace to reign supreme other than the plaintive cries of the gulls which are so much a part of the feel here.

Barring an unforeseen happenstance I shall return.....

Thank wanderlust1000
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The wife & I took a walk along the coastal path near Tintagel towards the castle. We were fortunate enough to have fantastic weather. The castle and island were a great view from the mainland as was the whole area. The big let down was the price to go onto the island to see the castle close up. There seemed to be a lot of people complaining about the price whilst we were there. I know the national trust & english heritage do alot to look after the old relics of our past, but perhaps if they charged a bit less they would actually get more custom. It is after all just a ruin.
Views from coastal path around area though are stunning

1  Thank Karl J
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

...Whether or not that quality is a good or a bad thing, you'll have to decide for yourself.

Tintagel Castle is divided into two parts (mainland and island) of which I had the chance to explore only one. My father and I arrived in Tintagel after hours so walked down to the cliff anyway and were able to walk around the mainland area (they gate the bridge to the island). What we didn't know until the next morning is that during the day you have to pay to get into that mainland bit too, so, oops? Unfortunately we are National Trust members, not English Heritage, so we didn't think it worth it to pay for just the island.

Anyway, I think that those hoping to see a castle or relate things tangibly to the Arthurian legend would be disappointed by what still remains. There simply isn't much left and there isn't a lot of information posted either (at least, not in the mainland area).

That said, I still found the atmosphere incredibly inspiring and beautiful. It is an amazing section of coast and the water is clear and as teal as a jewel. It's certainly worth a visit if you're in the area, but I'm not sure I would go out of my way to visit Tintagel just for the Castle.

1  Thank Jasmine K
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Enjoyed the walk to and from the castle from the village, were lucky it was a very sunny day.You can see the castle it's self in about an hour but can also spend all day round and about on a nice sunny day.The views are stunning. On the beach below is the famous Merlins cave , not to be missed, it is a magical place.The cafe was pleasant and there was also a small interesting visitor centre.

1  Thank B C
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Having read a review before visiting, we decided to view the ruins from a higher view-point. Instead of following the signs and walking up to the castle, turn right along the coast road, and follow the signs pointing to wheelchair access. After a couple of minutes walk, turn left and walk up to the Camelot Hotel, take a left round the hotel and you have stunning views down to the castle and cove and all the people plodding up the steps! You can walk along the little paths through the grass right up to the cliff edge. The views are stunning! (and it's free)

Thank dipsy999
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