The spectre of legendary King Arthur looms large over Tintagel and its dramatic clifftop castle. Though the present-day ruins mostly date from the 13th century, archaeological digs have revealed the foundations of a much earlier fortress, fuelling speculation that Arthur may indeed have been born at the castle, as locals like to claim. It's a stunningly romantic sight, with its crumbling walls teetering precariously above the sheer cliffs, and well worth devoting at least half a day to exploring.
A highly controversial plan has been announced to connect the mainland and the rock tower on which the castle sits by an ambitious 72m-long footbridge. Despite much local opposition, the plan was approved by councillors in late 2017, although as yet a completion date hasn't been set.
The village itself isn't terribly exciting, but if you're looking for cheesy King Arthur souvenirs, you'll find them in ample supply.