Tintagel Castle - English Heritage

Tintagel Castle - English Heritage
Tintagel Castle
PL34 0HE




01840 770328


01840 770 328

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For a magical day out in Cornwall, visit Tintagel Castle. The wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views out to sea, and its fascinating ruins and stunning beach cafe make it a perfect day trip, ideal for those on holiday in the South West. A fantastic events programme includes Fighting Knights and storytelling of The Tales of King Arthur - see our events page for details.

Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; it is reputed to be the birthplace of King Arthur, a legend which has endured through the years. Visitors can learn about the story of the castle and its inhabitants over the ages by watching the introductory video 'Searching for King Arthur'.

Explore the ruined castle where it is said that King Uther Pendragon met with the beautiful Igraine and conceived King Arthur. Enjoy a brisk walk along the rugged trail across to the island to enjoy the stunning sea views - on a good day you can see as far as Lundy Island, off the North Devon coast. The castle also features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde.

With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west. History is brought to life for families through fantastic events throughout the year and during winter, this is an ideal spot for a coastal walk with your dog.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

1 Apr-30 Sep: 10am-6pm daily / 1 Oct-1 Nov: 10am-5pm daily / 2 Nov-31 Mar:10am-4pm daily / Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan / Beach café open daily, Apr-Oct (closes 1/2 hr before castle), Nov-Mar 11am-3.30pm

Admission charges



  • English Heritage
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Tales of King Arthur

  • 19 — 21 August 2014 *on now
  • 26 — 27 August 2014 11:30am-4pm

Let Merlin and King Arthur take you on a magical journey back to the days of old when knights did battle and ladies swooned. Be enchanted as they spin tales of magic, mystery and adventure. Or step into your very own Arthurian story as you see if you have what it takes to become a Knight of the Round Table. A truly legendary day out!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly