The wild coastline at Tintagel

FEW places live and breathe the magic and myth of Cornwall like Tintagel.

Tintagel, a place inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, has for centuries fired the imaginations of writers and artists.

This iconic hero was first linked to Tintagel in the 12th century, when it was named by Geoffrey of Monmouth as the place where Arthur was conceived.

From Geoffrey’s medieval history of kings, to the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the allure of Arthur has continued to captivate us. And the story of Tintagel is ever-changing, ever developing

Tintagel’s story actually begins with a Dark Age settlement where Cornish rulers lived and traded with far off shores,


importing exotic goods and trading tin.

It subsequently saw settlement during the Early Medieval period, with theories existing for decades that it was the centre of a monastic settlement, but more modern thinking suggesting it was probably one of the seasonal residences of the king of what was then Cornwall, or Dumnonia.

A castle was built on the site by Richard, Earl of Cornwall in the 13th century, but it fell into disrepair and ruin. There was a fascination with the Arthurian legends during the Victorian era, and the ruins of the castle became a tourist destination. The beach was made famous by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who set a dramatic scene here in his epic poem, Idylls of the King.

King Arthur’s

Arms Inn Tintagel

Enjoy good food, good beer, real ales and good company. From breakfast to supper, let us take the hassle and washing-up out of meal time.

King Arthur’s convenient location makes it an ideal stopover on your tour of the breathtakingly beautiful North Cornish coast.

Open all year, this family friendly pub in the centre of Tintagel, is directly opposite the N.T. Old Post Office, and a 15 minute walk from Tintagel castle.

Visit England 4* Inn, offering a variety of Bed & Breakfast accommodation, including family rooms, spacious ground floor wheelchair accessible M3a rooms with en-suite wet rooms and a 3 bedroom annex which sleeps 6.

Children’s, Vegetarian, Gluten free menu options Takeaway Pizzas 9pm - 12 midnight

Free Wi-Fi • Free to use ATM • Children friendly Dogs welcome in the bar areas


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Village Centre Parking Near to most places of interest Overnight campervan parking allowed

30 Cornish Visitor Guide - Spring 2017

Today Arthur and what may have been his castle are at the heart of one of Cornwall’s great days out – but Tintagel is about more than just the castle

Visit the ancient Post Office, now a National Trust property, in Tintagel itself – one of the best preserved medieval domestic houses in the country.

And take that chance to explore Tintagel itself, with a fascinating array of shops offering intriguing and beautiful crafts, and a fantastic choice of places to stop for a wide variety of refreshment.

Nearbv you’ll find the beautiful beach and surf schools of Trebarwith Strand, and up the

Family friendly pub

King Arthur's Arms Inn, is a family friendly Inn in the heart of Tintagel, opposite the National Trust Old Post Office.

The bar is fully accessible, has a real fire, local real ales, free to use WiFi and ATM machine, baby changing and disabled facilities.

The kitchen is usually open all day from 9.00am serving breakfast, morning coffee, cream teas, lunches, afternoon teas, evening meals, or just a snack at any time.

Adjacent patio areas on the front and side aspects of the Inn provide a sunny space that is easily accessible by pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Comfortable bedrooms with either en-suite or dedicated shower rooms, normally have hairdryer, safe, toiletries, TV, tea making facilities and access to a cot, iron / ironing board, shoe drying and cleaning.

King Arthur’s Arms Inn offers rooms for single, twin, double, triple, four or six persons. B&B

rates include full English breakfast and free parking pass.

An M3a and four large totally accessible ground floor disability annexes are disabled wheelchair accessible rooms with wet rooms, adjustable beds and riser leather chairs.

They can sleep either two or three people. These rooms are not restricted to disabled guests and may be booked by everyone.

An M1 graded annex room has an extra single bedroom off the main bedroom. It is especially suitable for guests prefering to avoid stairs or needing walking aids.

Ease of parking and location on the north Cornwall coast make it an ideal location for stop-overs or longer stays to tour the area.

Come and relax, walk the coastal footpath and see St Necten’s Glen, local beaches and the famous King Arthur's Castle with Merlin's Cave.

coast is the beautiful seaside community of Boscastle.

All offer great access points to Cornwall’s magnificent coastal path, offering seals bobbing in the sea below, cliffs teeming with coastal birds, and unforgettable views of the wild Atlantic that brought those ancient traders and kings to Tintagel.

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