Tintagel Castle to be auctioned off to public in Facebook search for lucky clifftop crew

By Culture24 Reporter | 15 July 2011
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You could win the keys to Tintagel Castle
The clifftop ruins of Tintagel Castle in Cornwall have been a home for Arthurian Kings and countless myths and legends since the fortification was built in the 13th century.

Centuries later, lucky winners will be given the keys to the castle via a competition giving private access to the 800-year-old fortress in an “auction of ideas”.

Run via Facebook, the public will be able to vote on ideas pitched by would-be dwellers, with organisers predicting marriage proposals, birthdays and easel-wielding landscape artists to show the most interest.

“Tintagel Castle is such a beautiful and atmospheric place, as well as being steeped in history and folklore it has some of the most spectacular views along the English coastline,” says Matt Ward, from landowners English Heritage.

“Never before have we been able to hand over the castle for someone to enjoy exclusively, so we’re really excited to see what ideas people will come up with to make the most of it.”

The prize is limited to teams of six, and warns that the winner – whichever bid receives the most “likes” by users of the all-conquering social networking giant – will be “subject to discretion bearing in mind the physical limitations and historic value of the site.”

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