Trains to Tintagel Castle
The nearest train station to Tintagel is Bodmin Parkway, 15.6 miles away and served by the First Great Western service from London Paddington to Penzance. From Bodmin Parkway you can get a 75 bus to Wadebridge bus station, a 584 bus to Camelford, then a 595 bus to the Tintagel Visitor Centre. Alternatively, organise a hire car or take a taxi from Bodmin Parkway - but book in advance, as there are no operators based at the station.
About Tintagel Castle
Roman settlement in the area, and from AD 450 to 650 Tintagel was a prosperous and well-inhabited site involved in trade with the Mediterranean world. It was most likely a stronghold of the Dark Age rulers of Dumnonia (now Devon and Cornwall).
It was the medieval historian Geoffrey of Monmouth who first associated Tintagel with the legend of King Arthur. In his account, King Uther Pendragon comes to Queen Igraine of Cornwall in the guise of her husband, and Arthur is conceived.
The castle remains that we see today were probably built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, in the early 13th century. They teeter dramatically on both sides of the rugged chasm that almost separates the 'island' from the mainland, and a series of walkways allows modern visitors to fully appreciate the natural and man-made drama of the location. Few sites can provide such a dramatic combination of castle, cliff and crashing waves. There is a secluded beach allowing access to Merlin's Cave (when the tide is out), a new exhibition exploring Tintagel's Arthurian legacy, and a cafe serving delicious Cornish specialities.
Monday to Sunday: 10.00 to 17.00
Winter opening times vary.
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