Visit Tintagel and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Tintagel, Cornwall. The ruin-strewn headland is wonderfully romantic and legend connects the site with King Arthur. The peninsula known as “the Island” is the best place from which to see the great black slate caverns on the north side of Tintagel Cove, the stream that from the vale forms a waterfall as it drops to the cove, and the cliffs with great slate peaks rising from them.
A monastery was founded on this peninsula in c. A.D. 500 and abandoned by 1086. It must have been in its setting a sort of Celtic Mount Athos. A Norman castle was built here in c. 1145 by Reginald, Earl of Cornwall, bastard son of Henry I. The ruins can be seen.
The crinkly roofed old building on the south-west side of the village street, known as the Old Post Office, should be visited. Built in the 14th century as a minor manor house, it is one of the few fairly humble ancient residences open to the public. The National Trust preserves it. King Arthur's Hall on the other side of the street is the headquarters of the Fellowship of the Round Table.
Tintagel church, on the headland to the South West, is basically very old, most of its shell being Norman, parts even Anglo-Saxon. Inside it has several interesting things, including a curious five-legged Norman font.
Bossiney, ½ mile North East of Tintagel village, has a good bathing beach. Sir Francis Drake was, in his later years, one of its two M.P.s.
There are beautiful walks in the richly wooded Rocky Valley about ½ mile further North East, at right angles to the road to Boscastle: either up it about 1 mile to St Nectan's (or St Knighton's) Kieve, a 40-ft waterfall, or down it to the sea. The “kieve” is the rock basin into which the water falls, and St Nectan, a Celtic hermit saint, is said to have had an oratory beside it.
At Slaughter Bridge, about 5 miles inland and 1 mile North of Camelford, was fought in 823 a decisive battle between Celts and Anglo-Saxons and also a legendary combat between Arthur and Mordred.
Nearby towns: Bude, Camelford, Padstow, Wadebridge
Nearby villages: Blisland, Boscastle, Davidstow, Delabole, Forrabury, Jacobstow, Marhamchurch, Michaelstow, Otterham, Polzeath, Port Isaac, Poundstock, St. Breward, St. Clether, St. Endellion, St. Gennys, St. Kew, St. Minver, St. Teath, St. Tudy, Temple, Treneglos, Warbstow
Have you decided to visit Tintagel or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Tintagel bed and breakfast (a Tintagel B&B or Tintagel b and b)
- a Tintagel guesthouse
- a Tintagel hotel (or motel)
- a Tintagel self-catering establishment, or
- other Tintagel accommodation