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Tintagel known as Trevena until the 1850s
Tintagel in General
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Tintagel in General
Date: 23/08/08, updated on 23/08/08 (95 review reads)
Advantages: beautiful scenery
Disadvantages: lots of steps
While visiting Cornwall this year, we ventured out to Tintagel, round lots of windy roads, well that's the way my sat nav took me. Tintagel is a small Cornish village it is situated on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall.
Car park has a pay meter we paid around £2.70 for 4 hours. There was a choice of prices depending how long you wished to stay. There is a Castle Information Centre with an Exhibition and Shop and a café just across from it were we had a nice pot of local tea.
There is a walk along the coast path from Tintagel to Boscastle.I never did this but there seemed to be plenty of people walking it.
The high street in Tintagel has a few gift shops and places to eat. The old post office is 600 years old and is a national heritage property. The post office is a traditional Cornish long house and has a cottage garden. There is an entry fee for the post office.
We visited a bakery and they made the most wonderful Cornish pasties and scones. The pasties were enormous. I got traditional and my husband tried the cheese and onion but they did a vegetarian one as well and a lamb and mint. They were very tasty but I could not finish mine, it was far too big. Nothing like what you get in Gregg's truly a real Cornish pasty.
The headland is very picturesque. The sea was a wonderful turquoise in colour,looking out to the Atlantic Ocean the scenery is spectacular. The headlandof Tintagel is more or less an island and is just connected by a small piece of land. You have to Cross a wooden bridge to the island.
Tintagel is the mythical home of King Arthur. Legend says he was born there by queen Igraine of cornwall.
Tintagel castle was built in 13th century and was built by Richard the earl of Cornwall. Below the castle on the Castle Beach is Merlin's cave which you can only get down to at low tide. the legend says that Merlin still walks there and his voice can be heard.
Tintagel castle is an English heritage site. Prices for entry to Tintagel castle for an adult was £4.50. Tintagel castle is just ruins, it is quite a climb as well, up lots of wooden steps these steps go around the cliffs, and it was very windy when we went up. I was out of breath when I got up to the top. There are two separate sets of steps in the castle ruins both of them being very steep.
From the top of the castle the sea pounds the rocks around you; it is easy to sea why there has been lots of erosion around the castle.
You really need to wear sensible shoes or walking boots, as the walk to the castle ruins is quite a climb.
Other places to visit around Tintagel are st Materiana's church which was built between 1080 and 1150.
A very enjoyable visit.
Summary: great day out