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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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  • Prince of Wales Quarry

    Prince of Wales Quarry

    United Kingdom
    PL34 0EU

    A former slate quarry filled with unusual plants and home to a variety of birds including buzzards.

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  • Rocky Valley

    Rocky Valley

    United Kingdom
    PL34 0BQ

    Nestled between Tintagel and Boscastle, is this this stunning valley with a footpath following the Trevillet River.

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  • St Nectan’s Glen

    St Nectan’s Glen

    PL34 0BG

    01840 779538

    An enchanting wooded area in Tintagel with three stunning natural waterfalls that was unsurprisingly awarded an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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  • Church of St Materiana

    St. Materiana’s Church

    United Kingdom
    PL35 0DJ

    A late 11th or early 12th-century church nestled in the charming village of Tintagel in north Cornwall with Roman and Bronze Age relics.

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  • The Bagalow, Feature

    The Bagalow

    S W Coast Path
    PL34 0DW

    You can find The Bagalow hiking area on the edges of Tintagel and Treknow. It’s a hiking area that’s owned by the National Trust and makes for a wonderful, scenic walk!

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  • Tintagel Castle

    Tintagel Castle

    Castle Rd
    PL34 0HE

    0370 333 1181

    A medieval fortification set high on the rugged peninsula of Tintagel Island, the castle and surrounding site is linked to the fascinating history of King Arthur.

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  • Trebarwith Strand to Tintagel Church

    Tintagel Church to Trebarwith Strand

    PL33 9DF

    The 3-mile walk begins from the Beach Cafe close to Tintagel Castle and follows the South-West Coast Path, which has many waymarks, to Trebarwith Strand.

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  • Tintagel Haven, Cornwall

    Tintagel Haven

    Dog Friendly

    An enchanting sand and shingle beach hidden below the cliffs off Tintagel, home to the renowned Merlin’s Cave.

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  • Tintagel King Arthur Walk

    Tintagel King Arthur Walk

    Tintagel Visitor Centre
    Bossiney Road
    PL34 0AJ

    01840 779084

    A 3.6-mile walk on a section of the South West Coast Path through Tintagel, rendered romantic for Victorian tourists by Tennyson, whose ‘Idyll of the Kings’ put King Arthur’s story there. Children will appreciate Tintagel Island’s ‘King Arthur’s castle ruins.

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  • Tintagel Old Post Office

    Tintagel Old Post Office

    Fore St
    PL34 0DB

    01840 770024

    A National Trust protected, 14th-century stone building, steeped in history and accessible to view the medieval remains.

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