Tintagel Village and Tintagel Castle in North Cornwall

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Tintagel in North Cornwall is the birthplace of King Arthur and this page is sponsored by King Arthur's Arms.

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Tintagel Village

Tintagel is a busy village in the holiday season with plenty to see and do. At the top of the village you will find the visitors centre and the (new) post office. If you arrive at Tintagel from the Trebarwith / Camelford direction the first Arthurian sight that you see has you enter is the Hall of Chivalry, well worth a visit. If you turn left here you can park in the car park in the the heart of the village where a weekly Thursday Market is held throughout the season. From here it is a short walk to St Materiana's, the Norman church that stands proudly on the headland overlooking the castle of King Arthur. Along the main street of Tintagel you will find the old post office located opposite the King Arthur's arms and the central car park, and at the top of the village, the Hall of Chivalry.

King Arthurs Great Halls-The Hall of Chivalry

King Arthur's Great Halls at Tintagel was built by a romantic millionaire in the 1930s at enormous expense. These vast halls tell the story of King Arthur and his knights. Robert Powell narrates the fascinating story utilising laser lights and sound. See the imposing granite throne and the legendary round table whilst marvelling at the world famous stained glass windows. All seventy two of them were designed and built by a pupil of William Morris.
King Arthur's Great Halls are also licensed as a wedding venue in Tintagel.

Tintagel Old Post Office is a fine example of a medieval building and is located in the heart of the village.

 Tintagel Old Post Office

In season Tintagel is a bustling hive of activity and as benefited enormously from a facelift.

May Bank Holiday 2005         A view along Bossiney Road

There are many gift shops and fine eating establishments that can be found along the way.

 At the lower end of the village you will find a steep track that passes down through the vale of Avalon to the legendary site that is known as King Arthur's Castle and at the castles very roots Merlin's Cave awaits you. The church of St Materiana out on the headland is but a stones throw from the castle and from this point you get a magnificent view of the coast.

        Arial view of Tintagel                            View from Bossiney Headland


According to legend, The Battle of Camlann, Arthur's final battle, was fought against Mordred. . Mordred was the son of Lot who was the King of the Picts and therefore Mordred was a Pict himself. According to the Annals of Wales, the battle was fought in the year 539 AD, while according to Geoffrey of Monmouth it was fought in 542 AD.
King Arthur was fatally wounded.

View over Tintagel and Bossiney from Trevillet

Views of King Arthur's Castle Island and Mainland.


Treknow is a small hamlet approximately 1.5 miles from Tintagel. It is a pretty little settlement that lies in a sheltered dip at the top of Mill hill. From here you get stunning views across Trebarwith valley  and Treligga towards Port Isaac.

Click below to view a discussion of Tintagel Castle's Arthurian Connections
By David Nash Ford

Arthur's Birthplace?

Click below to read about Lundy island, and it's hitherto hidden past.

Lundy, Isle of Avalon by Les Still

Click here for images of the Hunter Aircraft crash at Tintagel in 1979

Tintagel is also the name of a symphonic poem composed by Arnold Bax in 1919; it is perhaps his best-known orchestral work. Bax had visited the castle of Tintagel during the summer of 1917, accompanied by pianist Harriet Cohen, with whom he was carrying on an affair at the time; he dedicated the work to her. He composed two poems on the theme, and the work is, to a certain extent, a sonic illustration of these. According to Bax, the music is meant to depict a castle perched high on the rocks, battered on a sunny summer day by the Atlantic Ocean. A certain Celtic flavor is apparent in the music; this provides the basis for one of the two themes in the work, meant to recall King Arthur and his connection to the castle. The other theme depicts the sea.

A typical performance of Tintagel lasts around fifteen minutes.


For more in depth info on Tintagel visit this excellent resource. 

The Tintagel  Website  

Look! Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Tintagel village directly opposite the National Trust Old Post Office.

Fore Street    Tintagel    Cornwall

The King Arthur's Arms is a friendly family run pub where children are always welcome. King Arthur's is a "free" house meaning they are not tied to a specific brewery so are able to offer a varied mix of local beer, wine and spirits for you to enjoy. Food  is normally served all day with choices made from a snack or a full menu as well as the daily specials boards, these include traditional home cooked food.

King Arthurs family room      King Arthurs dining

Our sun patios are sheltered. You can enjoy a drink whilst sitting opposite the National Trust Old Post Office. All bar areas are disabled friendly having  level access throughout including  to the disabled toilet. In the main bar you will find a pool table and darts board, Free to use ATM machine, phone card top up and wifi available. In the lounge bar you can sit and relax in quiet comfortable surroundings. Our B &B accommodation has  tea & coffee making facilities as well as free view digital television. King Arthur's have comfortable, well appointed rooms, offering comfortable accommodation that ranges from M1 and M3a accommodation for the less mobile, avoiding climbing stairs and for wheelchair users, to en-suite family, single, twin, double, a 2 bedroom annex or a private family unit of 3 twin bedrooms sleeping 6.

Tel: 01840 770831

 WEBSITE: King Arthurs Arms b and b at Tintagel   E-Mail: info@kingarthursarms.co.uk

King Arthur's offer quality accommodation in the heart of the village and close to all local attractions.

King Arthur's Castle.   The Hall of Chivalry.    The Old Post Office.   Bossiney Mound.


Please take care along our shore, and you will leave here wanting more.

 But if the warnings you ignore, then you may get more than you bargained for.

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