Steeped in myths and legends, Tintagel is one of Cornwall’s most popular holiday destinations. Let us help you pick a holiday home that is just right, from our selection of self-catering cottages or even a glamping holiday in Tintagel.
From romantic stays in cosy boltholes to holiday lets for large groups, Tintagel has something for everyone. Book your self-catering stay with us to find your luxury holiday cottage in Tintagel and enjoy exploring the north coast of Cornwall.
Steeped in myth and legends, Tintagel is a small village that packs a big punch. From your luxury holiday home, explore all that this area has to offer.
You can’t stay in a holiday cottage in Tintagel without exploring its castle, a medieval fortification. Climb the 148 steps to the island and walk through the wooden door that once led into the Great Hall, built by Richard Earl of Cornwall. Discover the legend of King Arthur and take an amble down to the beach to step inside Merlin’s Cave.
After all that though, you will need to refuel and what better way than with a traditional Cornish pasty from Pengenna Pasties! There are also several pubs and a cafe in the village, or if you fancy a drive to nearby Trebarwith Strand then The Port William serves an excellent meal with views out over the ocean.
Your Tintagel holiday cottage will have everything you need to cook at home and with Boscastle Farm shop just a few miles away, you will want to check out their range of local produce that includes fresh fruits, vegetables and meats.
Tintagel has lots of gift shops and perhaps the most well known of these is the Tintagel Pottery Studio, opened in 1948 and producing unique pottery ever since which is collected by enthusiasts all over the world. There is also a range of gift shops and The Honey Shop is particularly charming, selling bee and honey related gifts (and of course honey produced locally to Tintagel).
If you are interested to explore further afield your self-catering holiday home is situated close to the A39. Around 30 minutes north of Tintagel is Bude, a traditional seaside town with beaches, a canal, restaurants, bars, water activities such as surfing and gift shopping. A 40 minute drive south of Tintagel will bring you to Padstow, a vibrant harbour town favoured by world-renowned chefs and tourists alike for its food scene. Padstow has plenty of shops, cafes and bars to keep you entertained.
Tintagel and the north coast will have you returning to your Cornish Holiday cottage again and again!
If you enjoy mythology, there is plenty to see in and around Tintagel because of its King Arthur connections – this is the place of legends, topped by the brooding cliffside 12th century castle owned by English Heritage.
Was this really where Uther Pendragon seduced the Queen of Cornwall to create Arthur? Who knows, but it is a wonderful story and one which can form a backdrop to your holiday here, giving you plenty of places to explore to complete the legendary story.
The Castle is the main attraction but there are also wonderful walks not necessitating entry. Below the Castle lies Merlin’s Cave, the site where Alfred Lord Tennyson, in his Idylls of the King, described Merlin holding the infant Arthur high in his arms. It may not have happened at all, of course, but letting your imagination capture local folklore is part your holiday. If you suspend disbelief, then anything is possible.
The town is vibrant with independent shops, bars and cafes, yet it retains a historical feel through sea caves, beaches that disappear at high tide, and other mysterious spots. The National Trust owns the rickety Old Post Office, an attractive medieval yeoman’s farmhouse which at one point was taken over by artists (to preserve it) and is well worth a visit. The garden offers good views, too. High on the clifftop, south of Tintagel is Saxon St Materiana’s Church, exceptionally old in parts and with amazing views beyond.
For a touch of eccentricity and reminiscence, try the Tintagel Toy Museum which is filled to the brim with all sorts of toys from teddy bears to wind-up toys, including childhood favourites like Noddy, the Lone Ranger and Batman, which will appeal to those of us who remember them!.
People certainly flock to Tintagel, so the best part is really the coastal scenery and some of the other Arthurian links, such as the unmissable waterfalls of St Nectan’s Glen, the Great Halls and Rocky Valley. There are three signposted circular walks here for awesome views, which are liberally sprinkled with campion, thrift and sea pinks in summer.
Eating is a part of any holiday and Tintagel is not short of opportunities for locally-sourced produce. Slightly further afield the Boscastle Farm Shop is a big hit with locals, but booking is essential as it is always busy. Tucked away is Irina’s restaurant at the curious Camelot Castle with its décor in keeping with its Edwardian origins. Try Charlie’s Café-Restaurant-Deli for fresh food and a warm welcome. The Old Malthouse Inn has a reputation for spooky goings on (look out for the woman in blue) but also cheerful service and good beer. Or try Vega 100% vegan café, all set to feed your soul. At nearby Trebarwith Strand, the Port William has spectacular views, a welcome stopping point for coastal path walkers.
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