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Things to do in Tintagel

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From the ruins of an ancient castle pinpointed as the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur to the South West Coast Path, find a wealth of things to do near Tintagel. 

During the Dark Ages, Tintagel claimed the seat of a Celtic kingdom. Explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where both the National Trust and English Heritage look after historical remnants and exhilarating natural features throughout.

Beaches in Tintagel

Tintagel’s 300+ beaches provide everything from famous sandy shores at Trebarwith Strand Beach to small sheltered coves at Tintagel Haven. Whether it’s dog-friendly, family-friendly, sandy, pebbly, busy, or delightfully vacant, Tintagel is the place to go. Bossiney Cove, Fistral’s surf, Porthcurno’s turquoise seas, and Treyarnon Bay’s crab hunt are all worth a visit.

Attractions in Tintagel

Tintagel is a history buff’s dream come true, with a plethora of historic attractions that teach visitors about the area’s past. Tintagel Castle is a magnificent ruined fortress with a beautiful cliff-top position, believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Merlin’s Cave is an enigmatic 100-meter tunnel that runs under the magnificent Tintagel Castle. Tintagel’s Old Post Office, which dates from the 14th century, is a famous tourist attraction. This National Trust-owned Yeoman’s farmhouse has a fascinating history that dates back hundreds of years.

Activities in Tintagel

In Tintagel, there are a variety of lovely pubs to choose from, including those with an olde-worlde charm. Restaurants in Tintagel offer a variety of cuisines and styles to suit your tastes. You can even visit St Nectan’s Glen with its amazing 60ft tall waterfall, wildlife wonder walk, café and meditation room. Make the most of your time in your cottage holiday by using our list of things to do in Tintagel.

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  • Benoath Cove
    Image Credits: Derek Voller(CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Benoath Cove

    Benoath Cove
    S W Coast Path
    Tintagel
    PL34 0BA

    Discover Benoath Cove from the cliffs above or head down to the sand at low tide for a peaceful dog walk.    

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  • Laser gun game

    Big Dunk’s Outdoor Laser Tag

    Trevilley Farm
    Nr Wadebridge
    Delabole
    Cornwall
    PL33 9EU

    07830 153 420

    Combine adventure, skill and daring at Big Dunk’s Laser Tag before indulging in some snacks at the on-site picnic area.

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  • Bossiney Cove

    Bossiney Cove

    Bossiney Cove
    Tintagel
    Cornwall
    PL34 0AX

    Just a mile along the road from Tintagel lies this picture-perfect cove that reveals golden sand at low tide.

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  • playing mini golf

    Bossiney Crazy Golf

    Bossiney Road
    Tintagel
    Cornwall
    PL34 0AY

    01840779327

    Based at Bossiney Tea Room, families can enjoy a bite to eat alongside fun and challenging games of golf!

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  • Bossiney to Condolden

    Bossiney to Condolden Walk

    Bossiney
    Tintagel
    PL34 0AX

    Visitors will love this walk inland from Bossiney’s coast to the rumoured resting place of a Celtic Cornish king.

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  • Bossiney, St Nectan's Glen and Rocky Valley

    Bossiney, St Nectan’s Glen and Rocky Valley

    Bossiney
    Tintagel
    PL34 0AX

    Explore woodland, a waterfall and coastal views on this moderately challenging walk from Bossiney to Rocky Valley.

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  • King Arthur's Arms Inn

    King Arthur’s Arms Inn

    Fore Street
    Tintagel
    PL34 0DA

    01840 770628

    Dine on homemade favourites in the heart of Tintagel, just a stone’s throw from historic sites and breathtaking coastal views.

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  • King Arthur's Cafe

    King Arthur’s Cafe

    5 Atlantic Road
    Tintagel
    PL34 0DD

    01840 770728

    Refuel at this relaxed café serving coffee, cream teas, salads and sandwiches in Tintagel.

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  • King Arthur’s Great Halls

    Fore Street
    Tintagel
    PL34 0DA

    01840 770628

    Visitors will love this hall devoted to the legendary king and featuring the largest collection of Arthurian stained-glass windows made in the 20th century.

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  • Merlin’s Cave

    Merlin’s Cave

    Atlantic Rd
    Tintagel
    PL34 0DS

    07930 279758

    Set along Cornwall’s rugged coast and lying below the stunning Tintagel Castle, Merlin’s Cave is a captivating 100m long landscape caused by marine erosion.

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