Tintagel, also known as Trevena, is situated in North Cornwall, England. It is a village that sits on a mountain, overlooking a majestic coast. Because of its rich history and impressive scenery, the village attracts day-trippers and foreigners to the area making it one of the most popular places in Britain. Its dramatic sea views and spectacular castle ruins have motivated writers and artists all throughout the world to visit this place all year round. The small village of Tintagel offers so many historic places to visit, here are some great suggestions for first timers.
1. Tintagel Castle
According to legends, Tintagel was the place where King Arthur was conceived but there are no further details whether King Arthur was actually born here. Almost everything in Tintagel has a close connection to the legendary British King. Tintagel is both historic and a lovely place, making it a spectacular weekend getaway. The spectacular view of the coast from Tintagel Castle has captured the hearts of so many visitors.
2. The Old Post Office
This stone house was built in the 14th century. It now belongs to the National Trust and listed as a Grade 1 building. Way back in the Victorian period, it was licensed to receive letters for the whole district but it is now a place full of memories of the past. It also has a small garden with a really good atmosphere – perfect for relaxation.
3. St. Nectan’s Glen
An area of world-class beauty, St. Nectan’s Glen has a magnificent waterfall in the midst of a woodland. This area was also appointed as the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the rare kinds of plants present in the area.
4. Rocky Valley
Rock Valley is owned by the National Trust. It is famous for its exceptional beauty and home of different kinds of moss, approximately a total of 161 kinds. There are two mills in the area used to make woolen textiles way back in the 18th century.
5. King Arthur’s Great Halls
Tintagel is full of historic buildings which includes King Arthur’s Great Halls. It is built by Frederick Thomas Glasscock to house the famous Round Table of King Arthur. Everything which is seen in this hall is built to commemorate the great ruler. Arthurian books and artifacts are now sold inside the hall. Famous paintings can also be seen inside its great halls.
6. Merlin’s Cave
Merlin’s Cave is situated just beneathTintagel Castle. It is a cave built through marine erosion. Merlin’s Cave became famous after Tennyson included it in his work Idylls of the King. Now, the cave is the favorite spot for scuba divers searching for shells and valuable fossils.
7. St. Materiana’s Church
According to legends, St. Madryn evangelized the area way back 500 AD. It was also built on the Early Christian site between 5th to 7th centuries. It has a pre-Reformation altar for quiet prayers. Regular services takes place every Sunday, 10:00 am.
8. The Beach Café
After a whole day of outdoor activities in Tintagel, it is best to try and have a bowl of soup and hot chocolate at The Beach Café. The menu deals with the real taste of Cornwall. Local dishes like Cornish Rarebit is very famous. Crabs and fish, which are freshly caught, are served here. A wide variety of options are available on the menu.