TINTAGEL, CORNWALL & ISLES OF SCILLY
Overlooking the wild Cornish coast, Tintagel is one of the most spectacular spots in the country. Where to start? Well, as the birthplace of King Arthur, according to popular myth, don’t head straight to the ruins but watch the video in the visitor centre about searching for the legend before you start. It’s a long walk down to the ruins on the cliff top, and it’s well worth it. For those less mobile, a Land Rover does return trips. The castle is closed on exceptionally windy days. Recent excavations have revealed Dark Age connections between Spain and Cornwall, alongside the discovery of the ‘Arthnou’ stone suggesting that this was a royal place for the Dark Age rulers of Cornwall, so who knows – perhaps the legends have roots in history. The 13th-century ruined castle is a magical place to visit, with wooden doors studded with metal, overgrown cottage gardens and stone walls crumbling down the cliff. In the summer, history is brought to life with storytelling sessions, an archaeology week and a family trail. After visiting the castle, wander down to the beach and find Merlin’s Cave and a shorter tunnel that opens up in the meadow above the cliffs.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking nearby
- Many surfaces uneven and include change of level making it difficult for wheelchair users
- Facilities: Viewing points, visitor centre, induction loops, transport service available Apr-Oct for an additional charge, to take visually impaired and ambulant disabled visitors to exhibition and shop
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Oct, daily 10-5; Nov-23 Dec and 2 Jan-11 Feb, Sat-Sun 10-4; 27 Dec-1 Jan, Wed-Mon 10-4; 12-25 Feb, daily 10-4; 26 Feb-29 Mar, Wed-Sun 10-4. Closed 24-26 and 31 Dec and 1 Jan (last admission 30 minutes before close). See website for ope
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About the area
Discover Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
Cornwall has just about everything – wild moorland landscapes, glorious river valley scenery, picturesque villages and miles of breathtaking coastline. With more than 80 surfing spots, there are plenty of sporting enthusiasts who also make their way here to enjoy wave-surfing, kite surfing and blokarting.
In recent years, new or restored visitor attractions have attracted even more visitors to the region; the Eden Project is famous for its giant geodesic domes housing exotic plants from different parts of the globe, while nearby the Lost Gardens of Heligan has impressive kitchen gardens and a wildlife hide.
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