Tintagel and the Legend of King Arthur
Our favourite place in Cornwall is without doubt the incredible Tintagel. It is a place where history meets legend. Tintagel and the Legend of King Arthur will always be inextricably linked.
Move over Camelot, for Tintagel was the site of King Arthur’s conception. Legend has it that the wise magician, Merlin, cast a spell upon Uther Pendragon. The magic disguised Pendragon as his enemy, Gorlois. His disguise allowed him to have his wicked way with Gorlois’ wife, the Queen of Cornwall. How romantic!
The steep steps up to the castle ruins and the bridge that crosses to the island are worth the climb. We may not be able to say for sure if the legends surrounding King Arthur are true but there’s no doubt that these views are something of legend.
The cave you see in the middle of the photo is Merlin’s Cave. It’s 100 metres long and passes completely through Tintagel Island. If you believe the legends, Merlin still walks in the cave today. Listen carefully and you may be fortunate to hear his magical voice. Try not to become trapped by the incoming tide though!
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Traveller top tips: bring a picnic! The site has a café serving Cornish delights but once you climb the steps to the top of the island there is no better way to reward yourself than relaxing on the cliff tops.
Top tip for you road trippers: the nearest car park to the site is pay & display. Just a hundred metres before this, there is a car park that costs £2.50 all day. You’d pay that for 2 hours nearer to the castle.
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