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Tintagel in Cornwall

Updated on July 5, 2017

Tintagel is Fascinating

Living in Cornwall means that we are lucky enough to be able to go and see some amazing places full of history and mystery whenever we want. And Tintagel is possibly one of the most historically relevant and mythologically interesting places in all of Cornwall.

King Arthur and Tintagel

Bursting with Arthurian legend, Tintagel attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year, each of them hoping to take in the beautiful, almost magical surroundings.

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Tintagel is Great for Walking!

And even if you have absolutely no interest in the history or legend of Tintagel, you can still see some of the most spectacular views of one of the many walks around the village. The cliff top walks boast some of the most breathtaking sea views I have ever witnessed, you genuinely do feel a little bit smug when you live here because you get to see this whenever you want.

Even the drive into Tintagel is gorgeous, the village, with a population of around only 2000 is surrounded by miles and miles of country, punctuated with the occasional enviable home.

A Friendly Place

On finding a parking space (which isn't easy in the height of summer) you are instantly reminded of the villages association with King Arthur and all things magical and historical, there are little shops that sell trinkets and even the English Heritage shop sells all kinds of medieval replicas, including swords, goblets and even chain mail! It is staffed by incredibly friendly people who always seem happy to help.

This is the view from the car park
This is the view from the car park

From the Cliffs to the Beach

You can walk right along the cliff tops and even down onto the beach, it is a long way and very steep, but worth every step. The beach has some eerie caves and a waterfall that seems to hypnotize people into staring at it for ages. And the dramatic sight of the waves crashing against the rocks is worth the walk alone. Please be advised, as stunning as the beach is, it is not wheelchair friendly, you have to walk over rocks to actually get onto the beach.

There is an Easier way Back up

Don't worry about walking back up to the top though, there is a regular Land Rover service that takes people up and down on a very regular basis, and all for a very respectable price of £2 per adult.

If all the walking has got you hungry or thirsty, there are a number of cafes or pubs to choose from for refreshments.

The church of St Materiana
The church of St Materiana

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      Claire Raymond 6 weeks ago from UK

      Thank you! The pictures are courtesy of my wife who is an aspiring photographer.

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      Ann Carr 6 weeks ago from SW England

      I love Tintagel, though it's a long time since I last visited it. Steeped in Arthurian legend, it's doubly interesting for me as I live near Glastonbury Tor and Abbey, a site also closely linked with King Arthur. His remains, alongside Guinevere's, are supposed to be buried in the Abbey nave.

      Lovely photos!

      Ann

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      Claire Raymond 2 months ago from UK

      Thanks, it is gorgeous.

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      Louise Powles 2 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Tintagel looks beautiful. Definitely well worth a visit!