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 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.
In season Tintagel is a bustling hive of activity and as benefited enormously
from a facelift.
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
Arthur's Castle and at the castles
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
Views of King Arthur's Castle Island and
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
and Treligga towards Port Isaac.
Click below to view a discussion of
Tintagel Castle's Arthurian Connections
By David Nash Ford
Click below to read about Lundy island,
and it's hitherto hidden past.
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.
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