Tintagel Castle – Kastel Dintagel

 

We went on holiday over the Easter break and stayed at East Thorne in Kilkhampton, and on the way there we went to one of my favourite places, Tintagel in Cornwall. If you haven’t been to Tintagel before, you really should go (finish reading this first though!).

 

Tintagel is a lovely village in North Cornwall with small shops, restaurants, tea rooms and everything you’d expect from a picturesque Cornish village, but it also has two things that change it’s rating for me from lovely to exceptional. These are the Old Post Office and Tintagel Castle (Kastel Dintagel).

 

We went into the Old Post Office First, brandishing our new much loved National Trust family membership to gain entry. I’ll be honest, if it wasn’t for having the membership and Si being determined to get our money’s worth out of it, then we probably wouldn’t have gone in to the post office.

 

I am so glad we did though, it’s a beautiful old building and really takes you back in history. Si was especially amused that since people used to be shorter, even I had to duck to go in and out of one of the doorways, at 5 feet 2 inches tall, this isn’t something I usually have to worry about.

 

We should however have worried about the shortest person in our little family, as Harley somehow managed to bash his head on a beam at the side of the room, poor little man, especially as the rest of us found it a little bit funny even though I did give him a cuddle.

 

I love the little touches that the National Trust make to their properties, such as interesting facts they leave around the place, like the one below.

 

Sleep Tight Tintagel - acornishmum.com

 

I haven’t included any indoors photos, as since it is quite a small property, I don’t want to completely ruin any visit for you by showing you everything!

 

My favourite part of the Old Post Office though, had to be the garden out the back, it was gorgeous especially on the lovely sunny day we visited on, and with more National Trust touches, there were games outside for the boys to play, and a bench for me to sit on and enjoy the sun on my face.

 

Old Post Office Garden - acornishmum.com

 

I almost didn’t want to leave that garden, but we had another great place to visit, the castle! Tintagel Castle is a place that has a lot of myths and legends attached to it, including that it was the site where King Arthur was conceived, and it’s entangled with the romantic tale of Tristan and Yseult.

 

When you visit the old castle site, it’s definitely a romance inspiring spot with beautiful views. The castle is a bit of a walk from Tintagel all mostly steeply downhill, and on the way down to add to the atmosphere there was a lady ‘busking’ playing the Cello, which sounded so beautiful and fitting with the location that I really wish I had thought to record her, but Si did snap a quick picture sneakily.

 

 

Tintagel Castle is run and protected by English Heritage, and you do need to pay to go over the bridge to get to the ruins, but believe me it is worth it! Even before you get across the bridge there is the beautiful view of the beach below, the beach is fun with caves to explore – Merlin’s cave obviously!

 

Tintagel Castle beach Cornwall

 

Once you go across the bridge, which doesn’t seem scary whilst you’re on it as it feels so secure you forget it’s a bridge, you have rather a steep climb. The climb is a really good workout, but luckily when we went it was busy and so it was a slow climb up the stairs, with stops for other people to come downwards in the narrower part, this was a good excuse to have a rest without looking unfit (I am).

 

Tintagel Climb - acornishmum.com

 

Before we got to the very top we passed through a courtyard, where lots of children were play fighting with foam swords with two ‘knights’ and passed through the most amazing ‘doorway’ I’ve ever seen.

 

Tintagel Doorway - acornishmum.com

 

Another short climb definitely makes the walk and climb worth it, as when you reach the top, the views are stunningly beautiful, you literally feel on top of the World with good reason.

 

Tintagel - acornishmum.com

 

No one can argue with the value of that view! On the way back from the castle, since it was steeply downhill on the way, it was obviously steeply uphill on the way back!

 

There is a land rover service where you can pay a small cost (think it would have been £6 for the four of us) to get a lift back into Tintagel village, but unfortunately Simon refused to let us be lazy and tortured us with the walk back up!

 

This did mean we felt we deserved a big ice cream afterwards though, so that made up for the sore calf muscles the next day. We had to wait til the village for our ice cream, as the cafe at the bottom of Tintagel Castle is currently being renovated, but re-opens later in the year.

 

If you have never been to Tintagel Castle then GO, honestly you won’t regret it even if your legs feel it for a day or so afterwards, however if you have small children possibly wait til they’re older and less likely to make you carry them up all the steps, and less likely to try to play lemmings at the top!

 

Stevie x

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22 Comments

  1. Penny Pincher (Dawn)
    15 April 2015 / 12:13 am

    The views you captured look spectacular, I really would like to take my kids there one day :)

    • 15 April 2015 / 1:56 pm

      Thank you, it’s a ridiculously beautiful place!

      Stevie x

  2. 15 April 2015 / 9:28 am

    Wow you were certainly blessed with the weather; it looks stunning! Love that random fact about ‘sleeping tight’ hehe :) x

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    • 15 April 2015 / 1:57 pm

      I love the way the National Trust does that, it’s like how they have food out in some of their houses – always makes me hungry but lovely touch!

      Stevie x

  3. 15 April 2015 / 9:51 am

    Love your Tintagel post :) It is a great place to go, and feels so very ancient. So many people say … “But there’s nothing there … it’s just a pile of stones,” and that is simply not true. There is a romance and excitement and thrill that only something that old can give you. And as for the magnificence of the castle location. You certainly know why the builders chose that spot. You can’t help but think of King Arthur and Merlin … the place has a magic that will touch even the least romantic among us. Excellent Blog, Cornish Mum ! What would Cornwall do without you ?

    • 15 April 2015 / 1:59 pm

      Thank you Lucy, I was amazed by the weather and had to go shopping part way through our holiday as I had packed for cold weather! Any excuse ;) Tintagel is very magical, and i could have sat looking at the view for hours!

      Stevie x

  4. 16 April 2015 / 4:19 pm

    It’s been a few years since I was last there, but Tintagel is fantastic – though I do have an overwhelming memory of being totally knackered going up all those steps, haha.

    Never did the Post Office though – oh well, always good to have an excuse to go back :)

    The scenery is beautiful, I love that part of the Cornish coastline.

    • 16 April 2015 / 6:37 pm

      Tintagel is definitely a special place! At least the steps mean you deserve an ice cream afterwards, and definitely worth it for those views!

      Stevie :)

  5. 16 April 2015 / 8:22 pm

    I haven’t been to Tintagel for years, it still looks as magical as I remember it! Your pics are great, it looks like the weather was lovely. We have just looked in to getting our national trust membership I think we would make great use of it especially when we visit cornwall x

    • 17 April 2015 / 2:11 pm

      We’re enjoying our membership already! If you do, you should definitely visit Lanhydrock it’s one of my favourites!

      Stevie x

  6. Sian
    16 April 2015 / 9:17 pm

    It looks lovely! I wanted to go when we stayed in Bude a couple of years ago but was put off by the steps as my big girl was only 1 at the time and we have wanted to take the buggy. Hopefully next time!

    • 17 April 2015 / 2:09 pm

      You definitely should, it’s hard to capture the view on camera as you more feel it, magical place! Scary with small children I’d imagine though, as nothing stopping them running off the cliff eek!

      Stevie x

  7. 17 April 2015 / 3:31 pm

    A stunning location beautifully captured by you! Everyone should visit Cornwall… but then as a true Cornish maid, I am more than a little biased! =)

    • 17 April 2015 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you and they definitely should not that I’m biased or anything either…. Small world just popped over to your blog and I grew up in St Columb Major! My Mum (Ellen) used to run the Liberal club so we lived there at one point, and my Dad and Stepmum Denise still live in St Columb!

      Stevie x

  8. 20 April 2015 / 1:55 pm

    We have been to Tintagel but only made it as far as The Post Office because it was pouring with rain and the clouds were very low – it was August, we should’ve expected it! But it is on our list of things to do when we go back – lovely Cornwall and lovely post xx

    • 20 April 2015 / 2:35 pm

      We went in February last year and got absolutely soaked! We didn’t go up to the top then, we just went for a walk on the other side of the cliffs, was beautiful but cold and soggy!

      Stevie xx

  9. 26 April 2015 / 5:52 pm

    We visited Tintagel (making use of NT membership too) a couple of years ago. It’s in a stunning location isn’t it? Glad you enjoyed your day out as much as enjoyed it.

    • 26 April 2015 / 11:40 pm

      Tintagel is definitely stunning, I could have happily just sat at the to all day enjoying that view!

      Stevie :)

  10. 25 July 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Tintagel Castle looks amazing and those views, wow!! And the colour of the water, you’d think you were abroad! Thanks for linking up to #LoveWhereILive x

    • 25 July 2015 / 7:34 pm

      It is a stunning place, one of my very favourites anywhere in fact :) Thanks for hosting!

      Stevie xx

  11. Abi
    12 August 2015 / 8:21 am

    One of my favourite places too! Lovely post. X

    • 12 August 2015 / 12:59 pm

      Thanks Abi, it’s so beautiful there it’s hard not to love :)

      Stevie x