The wooden bridge is the only link between the mainland and what is known as Tintagel Island. It was actually built in the 1970's to replace an earlier path and set of steps which had become too dangerous to use - some of the old steps can still be seen to the left of the bridge, the rest have fallen into the sea.
In the 5th and 6th centuries AD when Tintagel was a stronghold of the rulers of Dumnonia, the link between the mainland and the island must have been much wider and higher than it is today. By 1233, when Earl Richard built his castle, the neck of land must already have been eroded - it is probable that there was a low narrow saddle between the two separate parts of the castle.
This was the outermost part of the medieval castle built for Richard Earl of Cornwall in about 1235. The lower courtyard was larger in the Middle Ages - almost a quarter of it has collapsed into the sea - and more closed-in, with high battlemented walls on all four sides. Next to the ruined gatehouse was a room probably occupied by a porter or guards. Stone steps on the lower side of the courtyard lead up to the battlement walk, from where you can see how difficult it would have been to attack the castle from this side, with the steep slope. Stairs against the cliff face climb to the upper courtyard on top of the crag, which was also once larger; possibly half of it was lost in a medieval cliff fall, and a straight wall was added after this event. Despite the danger, the sheer cliff did have one advantage other than that of defense - it offered a convenient way of getting rid of unwanted waste: in the curtain wall are the remains of two latrines, the one in the furthest corner enclosed in a small tower which projects out from the wall.
While at the top of the castle not just look at the castle, but make sure to take in the beautiful surroundings. There are the cliffs, the caves and this rock all the way out in the sea, calles gull rock. Quite funny, it looks like the seagull is looking at this rock, like it is some sort of home to him. But he was probably just eying me to see if I were to drp anything edible onto the ground.
Merlin's Cave can be found under the rock the castle ruins are situated. So the picture with this tip is not Merlin's Cave. The caves on the picture can be found opposite Merlin's Cave. It is said that mist is sometimes coming out of Merlin's Cave and that makes it a spectacular sight. It gives the whole place a spectacular feeling, especially if you know some stories about the legend of King Arthur.
The castle was not inhabited for very long. In 1483 the Chapel of St Julitte was still being used, but the remainder of the castle was long since derelict. Therefore, the castle remains are sparse, but the inner ward does contain the most substantial surviving masonry. The ruins offer you some great photographic options, especilly when the sun is out and the skies are blue as they were on the day I was there. And then the stunning cliffs and blue water add to the excitement too!!
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.
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.
There is not so much to see inside the church, but the leaded windows are quite a sight. Very colourful indeed! The tower of the church can be seen for miles out to sea and has served as a landmark for sailors for hundreds of years. The church has Norman origins, with some Saxon additions.
Beside taking the direct white dirt road to the castle it is much nicer to first hang a left a few hundred metres after the start of this road. This path is quite narrow but will take you to the top of the Glebe Cliff. Here you will have some great views of the Castle and you can also check the little church out.
We got to Tintagel around noon. Lisette had been here before so she knew there was hardly any parking spaces at the castle. So we parked close to where the dirt road to the castle starts. In the picture you can see the white road that you can follow to get to the castle.
The claim is that Tintagel is the site of King Arthur's castle, because Arthur was born here and Merlin lived in the caves in the cliffs below the castle .
It is doubtful anyone ever lived in these caves , even a wizard .
Standing alone on top of Glebe Cliff is this fine church. It is very smll, but it's great to have a look around. Also walk around the church graveyard. You can see some very old grave stones.
If you walk over to King Arthur's Castle Hotel and make a right just before going in the gates, you can take a small pathe that will lead you all the way up on the cliffs - beautiful....and free!
Tintagel is the legendary home of King Arthur. The castle ruins were very interesting and the scenery around it was beautiful! Don't miss this if you're anywhere around!
Well the ruins... lol .... but deserve a look by sure... what an impresive scenary... seriously.
they say is Sri arthurs castle, a legend or not?