A visit to Tintagel on the rugged north Cornwall coast is a journey back in time through myth and legend.
For over 800 years a tale has been told that Tintagel was the birthplace of the noble King Arthur, born to the beautiful Queen Igerna and protected from evil by the magician, Merlin, who lived in a cave below the mighty fortress. The Castle offers breathtaking views and a fascinating history. Roman settlement, Dark Age palace, Medieval fortress - Tintagel's history is fascinating and there are many secrets still being revealed ....
Excavations in recent years made headlines worldwide with the discovery of the 'Arthnou' stone, a 1400-year-old inscribed slate. This is further evidence that Tintagel was a royal palace for the Dark Age rulers of Cornwall and has fuelled tantalising speculation about the castle's Arthurian past. As many mysteries remain about Tintagel as facts are known. Today fact and fiction are inextricably entwined and Tintagel remains one of the most awe-inspiring and romantic spots in Britain.
The village of Tintagel is a pretty mix of stone cottages, the village post office being a prime example of this character architecture. There are plenty of fascinating shops to browse through selling arts and crafts and mystical goods associated with the legend of Camelot and Arthur along with nice cafes and restaurants and welcoming village pubs. Accommodation whether Hotels , B and B's or character holiday cottages is available in the village.
Located in a spectacular setting on the dramatic North Cornwall coast, Tintagel has long been one of the county's most popular tourist attractions. Atlantic breakers crash against the cliffs and through Merlin's cave as visitors climb the steep but breathtaking path to Tintagel Island. The ruins of the 13th Century stronghold of the Earls of Cornwall remain to be explored and are one of the most famous landmarks in Cornwall.
Whether visited in the height of the summer, when a storyteller may be on hand to bring the legends of King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot to life, or at its bleakest in mid-winter, Tintagel is a place to inspire imagination - a place of dreams, romance and legend.
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