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Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle, Tintagel, Cornwall

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Type: Castle/Fort

Meet Gallos, the new statue of the king, looking after Tintagel Castle!  This 8 foot tall bronze sculpture is the centrepiece of the new Visitor Experience at Tintagel Castle for 2016!

Tintagel Castle is an English Heritage Site that lends itself to the legend of King Arthur.  Also new for 2016 is an exhibition that explores the origins of Tintagel's links to the legends of King Arthur, and how this inspired Richard, Earl of Cornwall, to build a castle on the rugged coastal spot in the 13th century. 

Artefacts from the site are also on display for the first time as well as beautiful book sculptures which illustrate the castle's literary links. An innovative 3D model of the headland provides a fascinating demonstration of how the site has developed throughout time.

In addition, from Friday 29 April, visitors will be able to enjoy imaginative new outdoor interpretation at Tintagel Castle inviting them to explore the beautiful 18 acre site in a new way. Designed to complement the castle's indoor exhibition, a series of panels and sculptural elements in bronze and stone reveal 1500 years of Tintagel's past.

Tintagel Castle offers breath taking 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 made headlines world-wide 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 Castle 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.

Located in a spectacular setting on the dramatic North Cornwall coast, Tintagel Castle 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 breath taking 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 and Tintagel Castle are places to inspire imagination - places of  dreams, romance and legend.

The location offers exceptional walks and a host of events which for 2016 include an Archaeology Festival and Hands on History.  It is an inspirational learning link and supports the national curriculum, welcoming school groups of all ages.

For prices and opening times, please click here.

Nearest car park: Tintagel village, pay and display

Contact Details

English Heritage Site
Castle Road
PL34 0HE

Tel: +44 01840 770328

Fax: +44 01840 772105

Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£5.20 per ticket
Child 5 - 15 years£2.60 per ticket
Concession Ticket£4.40 per ticket
Family£13.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017

* Closed 24-26 Dec 2011 and 1 Jan 2012


Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Pre-booking not essential, but advisable.

Key Features

  • Celebrity connection
  • Film or TV location
  • In countryside
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction


  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 2 hours
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties - ..
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 100
  • Min group size - 11
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A30. To Camelford on A395-A39. Follow Tintagel signs B3314-B3263.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Bodmin Parkway station. Take First Western National X10 Exeter to Boscastle bus or the 122 or 125 bus from Bodmin Parkway to Tintagel. Western Greyhound 524 Bude - Wadebridge, 594 Bude - Turo with connections on 555 at Wadebridge to Bodmin Parkway Station.