Tintagel Castle information
Lonely Planet review
The spectre of King Arthur looms large over Tintagel and its clifftop castle. Though the ruins mostly date from the 13th century, archaeological digs have revealed the foundations of a much earlier fortress, fuelling speculation that the legendary king may have been born at the castle as local legend claims. Fables aside, the site has been occupied since Roman times and served as a seasonal residence for Cornwall's Celtic kings, but the present castle is largely the work of Richard, Earl of Cornwall, who established the fortress to cash in on its Arthurian connections and curry favour with the local populace.