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Holidays in Tintagel

The legendary birthplace of King Arthur

Tintagel scenery

With the ruins of Tintagel Castle brooding over the coast, it’s little wonder why Tintagel has become one of the South West’s most popular holiday destinations.

The parish’s roots are tied with the legend of King Arthur. He was linked to Tintagel in the 12th century when it was named by Geoffrey of Monmouth as the place where King Arthur was conceived. Aside from this fascinating piece of history, Tintagel is breathtakingly beautiful. Set among steep cliffs and azure water, this is a wild and rugged part of the north Cornwall coast.

Tintagel is on the South West Coast Path, so if you feel like exploring beyond the ruins, there are plenty of adventurous routes. Look out for seals popping up from the water below. This area has no shortage of spectacular beaches, too. As well as Tintagel Haven, the secluded beach cove Bossiney Haven is nearby. Its famously clear waters and magnificent scenery are not to be missed. Just a short distance away, you’ll find Backways Cove, Tregardock Beach, Crackington Haven and Trebarwith Strand. If you’re visiting Trebarwith Strand, be sure to pop into the Port William Inn for a bite to eat or a refreshing afternoon tipple.

The old post office in Tintagel village

In the centre of Tintagel, the streets are lined with historic buildings dating back to the 14th century. Take a look at the Tintagel Old Post Office which hosts unique events such as Victorian bread-making. Hungry? You’ll be spoiled for choice in this foodie haven. If you’re eager to try a local delicacy, the Cornish pasty, visit Pegenna Pasties. They serve classic recipes including a traditional pasty with beef, potato, swede and onion, and vegetarian options. For fish and chips, try The Big Fish for a delicious and sizeable portion.

“Set among steep cliffs and azure water, this is a wild and rugged part of the north Cornwall coast.”

For dinner, head to The Cornishman Inn for British pub classics and fresh seafood dishes. Charlie’s is also a fine choice. If their selection of mouth-watering pizzas isn’t enough, Charlie’s daily specials provide delectable alternatives, often with a unique twist to Cornish food.

Wandering through the streets of Tintagel after your meal, you’ll find yourself surrounded by traditional pubs which have been the core of the parish for many years. Treat yourself to a pint of local ale or cider at the Tintagel Arms, King Arthur’s Arms or Ye Olde Malthouse Inn . If you’d prefer to take home some locally-brewed beer, Tintagel Brewery sells a fine selection of beers and ales, including Castle Gold and Arthur’s Ale.

While you’re there

Trebarwith Strand

Keep an eye out for Gull Rock which stands around 600 yards offshore

St Nectan's Glen

A spectacular and beautiful sixty foot waterfall which has to be seen to be believed.

Museum of Witchcraft

A very popular day out. Visit the world's largest collection of witchcraft artefacts and regalia.

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