Tintagel Castle – owned and cared for by English Heritage – is one of Cornwall’s most spectacular locations. A place where history meets legend, it’s a beautiful place oozing magic and history and a fascinating attraction for a family day out.
Perhaps one of its main attractors is the stunning award-winning cantilever footbridge, which was opened in 2019, connecting the headland to the castle. The magnificent Atlantic Ocean views from the bridge and beyond are worth the trip alone.
One of Cornwall’s most famous castles, albeit in remains, exploring the legend of King Arthur can be challenging. Tintagel Castle is a historic site situated on the clifftops of North Cornwall and due to the rugged coastal landscape, there are steep slopes, sheer drops and uneven surfaces. Those planning of visiting with a pushchair may want to reconsider as to leave the site you’ll have to navigate 140 steep steps.
The new footbridge at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall. Photograph by David Levene, English Heritage
If you do manage to get down to the sea, then you will have a great time on the shore. There is a cave to discover at low tide and beautiful bright blue water to enjoy. The kids will want to check out Merlin’s Cave. Located below Tintagel Castle, the birthplace of King Arthur, the cave is believed to be where Merlin lived but it is only accessible at low tide.
Tintagel Bridge, English Heritage
Visitors can also meet Gallos (meaning ‘power’ in Cornish), the larger-than-life bronze sculpture of an ancient king on the island. You can’t miss the brooding figure, inspired by the legend of King Arthur and Tintagel’s royal past.
You will need a timed-ticket to enter the castle, cross the bridge and explore the island – book ahead and plan your visit at the best time for you.
Tintagel Bridge © English Heritage
Gallos Tintagel Castle, English Heritage