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Published June 11th 2018
Visit the birth place of King Arthur
A historic site with dramatic sea views.

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Titagel Castle sea view

Located adjacent to the town of Tintagel, this site with ruined castle dates back to Roman times with evidence or Roman occupation being found around the area. It's also believed to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur.

Throughout the site, you will find the remains of old buildings that were constructed differently from many of the buildings found in the rest of the country.

The views from the Castle are spectacular and worth a visit, especially on a clear day. You can access the site from via Castle Road and the visitor's information centre or from the SW Coast Path which runs past St Materiana's Church. With ticket booths located at both entrances.

The entrance near the visitor's centre has one less set of stairs to climb down but is at the bottom of a steep slope. As there is no parking beside the visitor's centre - only in the nearby village of Tintagel, which is approx 600 meters away. If you want an easy way to get there, you can use the Land Rover service and get driven there with this running from April October, and can take you from the village to the visitor's centre exhibition and back for a small fee each way.

Site access is restricted due to uneven footpaths and stairs, so unfortunately no wheelchair access to the main Castle area on the island part, though they are in the process of making it more accessible and the signs said they hope to be finished work by the start of 2019, with the construction of better footpaths and a new bridge that will bypass the stairs. More information can be found on their website.

There is a cafe beside the visitor's centre, that serves fresh local produce, alternatively, there are plenty of places to sit with your own picnic.

The site is managed by English Heritage and charges apply for non-members, but if you are a member of another similar organisation it may be possible to get reduced or free entry, depending on the reciprocal benefits arrangements they may have.
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Why? History with spectacular views
When: All year
Where: Castle Road, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE
Cost: Adult : 9.50, Child (5-17 years. Under 5's free.) : 5.70, Concession : 8.60, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) : 24.70
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