Castle Heights, Tintagel, PL34 0DE, United Kingdom
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Old Castle ruins
Views from our hotel room
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Keep your eyes peeled around the Haven - I'm told that seals are quite often spotted in this area. I didn't know that at the time, and was very excited to see one swimming out by the rock in the inlet, diving down and resurfacing to peer back at the tourists delightedly pointing at it!
So this is Tintagel castle; home of Uther Pendragon and birthplace of king Arthur... well, what is left of it anyway. No sign of any knights or Arthur to be seen, not even any sign of a round table? What a bugger eh. But do you know what, this might have been Arthur's birthplace and it might be the birthplace of a great historical legend, but I want to see the castle of Camelot instead, as that is where the real Athurian legend is.
Supposedly... you couldn't really get a good view of the cave, only a glimpse of the coving that leads to the enterance of it. The only way that you could ever get a good look at this cave , is if you went to it via the sea, but they didn't do sightseeing tours by sea, unfortunately.
I can't imagine what living in a cave like this would be like? Cold and draughty, but Merlin was magic wasn't he, I don't suppose a wizard/magician would feel the cold and draught like us mere mortals would.
View from Glebe Cliff
The view from Glebe Cliff are amazing. Both looking to your left and also to your right the cliffs and the whole coastline are incredible sights. On your left you can see gull rock piercing out of the sea and on your right obviously the Castle. From here it is only a short walk down to the ticket booth of the castle.
Once you've paid the entrance price of a couple of pounds sterling you can descend the steep stairs down to a bridge. You'll then cross it and have to climb all the way up again onto the eroded piece of rock the castle ruins are situated on.
It is not known for certain who built the medieval castle but evidence suggests it was Richard, Earl of Cornwall (brother to Henry III), as he acquired the site 1234, which seems to coincide with the date of the current remains.
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