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Tintagel is steeped in history and legend and you can experience the magic when you come on holiday in Cornwall. Tintagel is perfect for all groups of people - a romantic getaway for couples, a fun day out for groups of friends, and a memorable experience for families with young and older children, be sure to get in the spirit and maybe bring along some medieval props to get in some great photos! There is much more to the village than just the ruins of the famous Tintagel Castle set on the dramatic and breath-taking cliffs with views over the Atlantic but a visit to the castle is a must and one that will be the making of a great holiday.
A magical history
This historic piece of land has many tales to tell, starting with the legend that this is the place where Uther Pendragon and Queen Igraine conceived King Arthur. It has been the inspiration point for many authors and poets and the story of Merlin and his cave below the castle is the most popular.
The ruins you can see today were part of the castle that was built in the 13th century by Henry III’s younger brother, Richard, Earl of Cornwall. It is believed that he built the castle here to boost his connections with King Arthur. Still visible today are the ruins of the largest part of the castle, the grand hall where magnificent feasts were held.
The castle fell into ruin only 100 years after it was built. As the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the cliffs, much of the castle’s remains have been washed away over the years. What remains of the site has been the subject of many excavations and has brought many surprises for archaeologists. First excavated in the 1930’s, a site on the eastern side of the island in 1998 uncovered some imported Mediterranean pottery of the 5th and 6th centuries, fine glass fragments from Spain, and a 1500 year old piece of slate inscribed with Latin inscriptions.
What to see and do in Tintagel
Firstly a walk to Tintagel Castle is a must, you can hear about the history and myths that surround the stunning ruins. Be sure to take your camera with you to capture the second to none sea views and revel in the magical feel of the place. This attraction is dog friendly too so you can bring your four legged friend along to enjoy the climb up the castle. If you catch the tide out, you can wander down under the castle and visit the mythical Merlin’s cave and the small pebble beach. When the tide comes in you can watch the powerful waves crash up against the cave and cliffs. In the summer months, there is a story teller in the village to help bring to life the legends of King Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot.
Tintagel village and Tintagel castle are entwined together with the magical feeling that surrounds the area. Walk through the village and you will find some local shops, pubs, and café’s for the perfect cream tea experience. There is a vintage toy museum to pop in with the children and a small shop selling toys you might recognise from your childhood. The village also has a beautiful old Post Office building which is a popular tourist spot run by the National Trust, inside you can see on display Victorian postal equipment and 16th century furniture. Out the back they also have a beautiful peaceful garden, perfect in the summer months.
So if you are captivated by the magical tales and ancient history still on show in the area, have a look at our range of comfy cottages in Tintagel. There is a great selection in this perfect location for exploring all the things to see and do in North Cornwall.