Made famous by the legends of King Arthur and Merlin, Tintagel is a village steeped in history that charms its visitors time and time again. Tintagel holidays hold history, myth and mystery all on a rocky headland off of the North Cornwall coastline.
The castle which, according to legend, once housed the mighty King Arthur is a truly unbelievable ruin. Today the castle is owned and managed by the English Heritage and there are often events being held there throughout the year. The coastline around the town has an amazing network of coves and caves that in previous centuries have been seen as a hotbed of activity for smugglers and pirates, or even the wizard Merlin himself! Take a walk down the cliff side and visit Merlin’s cave. Although the lower steps have been eroded and you need to clamber down some boulders to view it, at low tide the cave is able to be explored.
Take a visit to see The Old Post Office, a National Trust property, built in the 14th century; a stunning wavy slate roof yeoman’s farmhouse, taking its name from its brief stint as a letter receiving house for the district during Victorian times.
With a selection of gift shops and traditional souvenir stores dotted around, you will be able to find some little hidden treasures to keep the memories of your holiday in Tintagel alive. The village also has a visitors’ centre which will give you all the information you need to know about this magical place and its history.
Situated on the coast Tintagel is perfect for taking a coastal walk along the South West Coast Path. Start in the village and walk the three Tintagel circular walks around the village and out onto the coast, each walk is varied to allow for different abilities and tastes. For the really adventurous take the challenging walk from Tintagel to Port Isaac, along the 9 miles of coast path and see the filming location for the series Doc Martin.
With a number of restaurants, local pubs and cafés serving food in Tintagel you will be spoilt for choice at the variety of cuisine on offer. From traditional pub grub to fine dining establishments you will find something for every taste.
The coastline around the town has an amazing network of coves and caves that in previous centuries have been seen as a hot bed of activity for smugglers and pirates, or even the wizard Merlin himself!
St Nectan’s Glen, which is just a short walk from the coast path in Tintagel, provides visitors with a small but stunning waterfall that is really something to behold. Approximately 60ft high this waterfall was formed by the River Trevillet carving its way through Late Devonian slate and punching a hole through the rock to create this beautiful valley.
With all that Tintagel has to offer, holidays in Cornwall will leave you shrouded with legends and history, all with a twist of magic.