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Tintagel in General
Member Name: SusanLesley
Tintagel in General
Date: 16/01/01, updated on 19/07/01 (50 review reads)
Advantages: Beautiful, Lovely craft shops
Disadvantages: Lots of steps
Tintagel is a town on the north coast of Cornwall, not far from the border with Devon.
The main street is full of gift shops selling everything from Cornish Piskies to Arthurian memorabilia.
There are also one or two excellent new age shops, Dragon’s Breath opposite the main car park is probably the best, selling crystals, tarot cards, incense sticks etc.
At the top of the main street there is King Arthur’s Hall where the pictures on the Victorian stained glass windows tell his story and the gift shop sells everything Arthurian!
There are many cafes and restaurants, many of which sell the traditional Cornish pasties, a treat not to be missed while you’re here.
Along this street you will also see the famous old Tintagel Post Office now a room used mainly for craft fayres.
A steep climb will take you down to the ruins of Tintagel Castle, which is the legendary seat of King Arthur.
It is actually the ruins of the castle built for the Earl of Cornwall in 1145, and of a Celtic monastery. There are lots of steps to climb if you intend to visit the ruins and they are hewn into the rock in many places. This means that they are varying widths and depths and may slope in any direction so wear sensible shoes and take care.
There is a café at the bottom of the cliff near to the castle entrance where you can get tea and coffee and light snacks.
You can also climb down onto the beach from here and walk into Merlin’s Cave (when the tide is out). The atmosphere here is ethereal and it is easy to imagine that Merlin may walk out of the shadows to greet you. Legend has it that Merlin's ring still remains in this cave just waiting to be found.....
When you're ready to head back up to the main street, you can either walk if you're feeling fit or catch the Land Rover which gives rides to and from the castle to the top of the town for a nominal fee.
There is also a walk from Tintagel to St Nectan’s Glen with it beautiful waterfall and tea-room.