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Tintagel Castle

Castle Road, Tintagel. PL34 0HE
0370 3331181
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Tintagel Castle is a historic site situated on the clifftops of North Cornwall. Due to the rugged coastal landscape, there are steep slopes, sheer drops and uneven surfaces which can present a challenge to visitors. Please see our access pages for more information. You will find pay and display car parks in Tintagel Village, 600 metres away from the site.

About Tintagel Castle

Go on a legendary day out at English Heritage’s Tintagel Castle, a clifftop fortress where history and legend intertwine. Cross the new bridge to the ‘island’ and explore the medieval Great Hall, high above the waves.

It’s easy to imagine why this atmospheric landscape inspired tales of King Arthur. Journey back 1500 years and Tintagel was a bustling stronghold – residence of the rulers of Cornwall.

Wander among the ruins and meet Gallos, the brooding life-size statue of an ancient king.

Tucked below the castle is a secluded beach, perfect for a picnic or a paddle on the shore. Venture into Merlin’s Cave when the tides allow, then look out for seals playing in the water.

Advance booking is advised for this landmark attraction. Make sure you visit their website for the latest information

Winter Opening Hours

Tintagel Castle is subject to seasonal opening hours, so please make sure you visit the English Heritage website for the most up to date information. Current opening dates are:

1 April – 30 September, 2022 daily: 10am – 6pm
1 – 30 October 2022, daily: 10am – 5pm
31 October – 30 November 2022, Wednesday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
24-25 December, closed
26 December 2022– 1 January, 2023 daily: 10am – 4pm
2 January – 10 February 2023, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10am – 4pm
11– 19 February 2023, daily: 10am – 4pm
20 February – 31 March 2023, Wednesday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm

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Hungry explorers can take a break in the Beach Café and enjoy locally sourced food and drink.

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What Visitors Say

"Great place and awesome views. A bit of walking up and down the cliff. The castle staff have a pick up and drop off facility from the main road to the Coffee shop and back, for those who find it difficult to climb or are just tired enough after touring the castle. Keep at least 2-3 hours to explore the place."
"You can feel the history at this amazing site. The information boards are very interesting and we'll presented. The views are amazing!"
"This place is so beautiful! I wish we'd planned to come for the whole day and brought a picnic. The views from the castle are so stunning and it was so lovely to walk around. At certain times of the day when the tide is right you can go into the little beach."

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