Destination Guide for Tintagel & Places to Visit in Tintagel

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Destination Guide for Tintagel & Places to Visit in Tintagel

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Tintagel is a coastal village and civil parish, located in Cornwall, England and has a population of around 1,820 people. The village and its neighboring castle are famous for being linked to Arthurian legend.

It is a favorite stop in England, one that figures on most travelers’ lists, to visit in England. Tintagel has a very rich history reaching back to the Dark Ages. Excavations have revealed that there was once a major Celtic monastery or fortress dating to the 5th and 6th centuries.

Wine jars, pottery, glasswork, coins and more were excavated from this settlement proving that it was a major centre for trade. These are housed in the Royal Cornwall Museum.

Tourists enjoy exploring the many barrows, dating from the Bronze Age, along the cliffs in Tintagel. The largest of these is located at Condolden. Tintagel Castle is a tourist magnet, not least because of its association with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The ruins of the castle cling to the cliffs on Tintagel Island. There used to be a causeway connecting the island to the mainland but now it is reached by the use of stairways.

The site of Tintagel Castle has been a place of importance throughout history. There are two Roman milestones nearby indicating that a road might have led to a settlement.

The Brythonic people later built a fortress on the site. Richard, Earl of Cornwall built the castle the remains of which, any visitor can see even today. Beneath the castle there is a cave known as Merlin’s cave.

Visitors to Tintagel Castle can attend events held at the castle, like King Arthur’s Tales- performances and recitations of tales, etc revolving around Arthurian legend, Famous Five go to Tintagel- a story-telling event and something rather popular with younger children, Archaeology Week- an event where children and adults can learn more about the history of Tintagel and the various artifacts that have been unearthed here.

Other places of interest in Tintagel include King Arthur’s Hall, which was built in 1930 and contains many works of art concerning Arthurian legend, the old post office in Tintagel, which is a medieval stone house and contains old oaken furniture and other antiques and the Vicarage, which was built in the 17th century.

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