Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

On the following pages we've tried to tell you everything you need to know to plan a great day out at Tintagel Castle.

If you still have questions and you can't find the answers on these pages, please contact our customer service team. 

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Tintagel Castle: Pre-Visit Information

Our Visitor Welcome Manager, Caroline shows you what to expect on a day out at Tintagel Castle.

A BSL version of this video is also available here: Tintagel Castle Pre-visit Information Video (BSL version)

Visitors looking out to sea at Tintagel

How to get here

Tintagel Castle is situated on Cornwall's north coast, between Padstow and Bude. Visit our Directions page and plan your journey to Tintagel Castle by car, bicycle or public transport. Our interactive map will help you choose the best route.

You will find pay and display car parks in Tintagel Village, 600 metres away from the site. Please allow plenty of time to park and walk to Tintagel Castle.

Two boys on the beach at Tintagel

Plan your day

Take a look at the things to see and do at Tintagel. Highlights include the cliff top remains of the medieval castle, spectacular views, and the life-sized kingly figure Gallos. Whilst we operate timed ticket access to cross the bridge, once on the island you can explore at your leisure. 

There are plenty of areas to discover before and after your time on the island - including an exhibition on the history and legends of Tintagel Castle, a cafe with sea views, the shop and beach. Find out what Facilities are available for your day out.

In periods of bad weather and high winds Tintagel Castle sometimes needs to close. We advise you to check the website, our Facebook page or call the site before your visit if bad weather is forecasted. 

Ticketing FAQs
Visitor in the Tintagel Castle shop

When you arrive

There are multiple car parks in Tintagel Village - these can get very busy so please allow plenty of time to park. We recommend giving yourself at least half an hour to walk from the village car parks to the entrance to the footbridge where your timed ticket slot begins.

On arrival at the site, you can pick up an orientation leaflet to help with your visit. The on-site toilets are by the shop and cafe at the bottom of Castle Road. There are also public toilets in the village.

Some visitors may prefer to take the Land Rover service (not managed by English Heritage) down to the cafe and exhibition, this carries a small additional charge and at busy times there are likely to be queues. 

A doorway at Tintagel Castle

Getting around Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle is a coastal site with a rugged landscape which can be challenging to visitors. The paths are uneven and bumpy in places so we strongly advise you watch our video above to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

We also recommend sturdy shoes, wet weather gear, and sun cream and hats on hot days – plus, plenty of water. If you are bringing toddlers, we advise using a baby carrier or baby backpack.

Girl sat on the rocks in Merlin's Cave

Down on the beach

Visitors to Tintagel can walk down to the secluded beach below the castle, known as Tintagel Haven. When the tide is out, you can enjoy a stroll along the shore. It's the perfect spot for a quick paddle, or to admire the waterfall falling from the cliffs above. 

Look for Merlin’s face on the rocks close to his cave, which you can explore at low tide. You may want to check the tide times before you book your ticket.

Please be aware that there is no lifeguard service in operation, and access to the beach is via steep steps, which some visitors may find challenging. 

Tintagel Beach Cafe

Food and drink

With its bright and airy decor which reflects the coastal setting, the Beach Cafe is the perfect place for a tasty snack.

Try our traditional Cornish pasties, freshly-baked scones and delicious lunches, locally sourced where possible, whilst enjoying the views out to sea from our terrace.

Family and dog at Tintagel

Dog Owners

We love dogs at Tintagel, and they are welcome everywhere but please note there are lots of steps, cliff edges and nesting birds so please keep them safe on leads.

Water is available for dogs at the café on request.

Visitors walking around Tintagel

Any more questions?

Any more questions? Check out our Ticketing FAQs or take a look at our Facilities information.

If you have special access needs please see our Access page.

If you are visiting with a Group please see our Group Visits page to help plan your visit and find out how to book.