Tintagel, Cornwall is situated on the rugged, wild and romantic Atlantic coastline of England’s southwest.
With a legendary connection to the mystic King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, this part of Cornwall boasts stunning views, beautiful landscapes and the majestic Tintagel Castle. This medieval fortification, known as King Arthur’s Castle and located on the peninsula of Tintagel Island is maintained by English Heritage and is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain.
From around 5th to 7th century AD Tintagel Castle was an important stronghold, and a residence of Cornish rulers. Many fragments of luxury pottery imported from the Mediterranean were left behind by those who lived here.
In 1138, Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ‘History of the Kings of Britain’ gave the figure of King Arthur, the legendary ruler of Britain, Ireland and large parts of continental Europe, its international fame. The earliest written mention of Tintagel is the tale of how King Arthur was conceived there after a romantic liaison between Uther Pendragon, King of Britain and Queen Igerna (Igraine), wife of Duke Gorlois of Cornwall.
Merlin’s Cave (where, according to legend, Uther Pendragon’s magician, Merlin lived) is located below the castle and can be visited at low tide.
Today, during the high season, Tintagel is a bustling hive of activity with a choice of quirky gift shops, fine dining restaurants and traditional country pubs.
The Old Post Office, a 14th century yeoman’s farmhouse, in the centre of town was among the earliest acquisitions of the National Trust (1903). Home to over 600 years of history, the building has a remarkable wavy slate roof and several exhibits which date back to the Victorian period, including postal memorabilia, furniture and 19th century needlework samplers.
The picturesque garden at the Old Post Office provides a welcome haven from the busy high street and is a great place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle
Known as the MWM, the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle is just over 5 miles from Tintagel and can be reached on foot via a spectacular section of the coastal path.
Exploring British magical practice through the ages, the MWM offers educational and entertaining exhibitions, along with the insights of magical practitioners. A long and rich history of wizardry and witchcraft is explained in detail with proved objects and documents outlining the number of witches killed locally after being made ‘scapegoats’ for various crimes. The MWM is a vital historical story of life and witchcraft through the ages!
Spectacular beaches and walks
Lovers of the great outdoors are spoilt for choice in Tintagel with a vast choice of scenic trails, walks and hikes along the coast. Enormous headlands with steep cliffs, battered by the never-ending Atlantic breakers, attract visitors from around the world.
Holidays in Cornwall offer a real breath of fresh air, with open landscapes, spectacular scenery and historical attractions.
If beaches are more your ‘thing’, Tintagel Cornwall offers a choice of great places to soak up the sun or surf to your heart’s content. Trebarwith Strand and Bossiney are the main beaches within easy reach of Tintagel and are two of the most easily accessible in north Cornwall.
Trebarwith Strand is a long stretch of golden sand, backed by flat rocks and steep cliffs beyond. A great place to visit but check the tides before you go; as the tide pushes in, only the rocks are visible at the base of the cliffs.
Bossiney is a picturesque small cove which joins up with neighbouring Benoath cove at low tide. You can find this beach on the road from Tintagel to Boscastle.
If you want to explore the beautiful villages and towns close to Tintagel, make sure you visit Camelford, Port Isaac, Boscastle or Delabole and sample some of the delicious Cornish cream teas or fish and seafood dishes, available in the local restaurants and cafes. Fresh-from-the-sea haddock, lobster, bass, crab, squid and scallops are particular highlights!
CLC Trenython Manor is just 28 miles from Tintagel.