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View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly

Season: summer

It was wet and mild at Tintagel for this re-visit, but the sun broke through, after a while.  Recent heavy rain had swelled the waterfall and the receding tide gave access to Merlin’s Cave.  The beach was busy with European and Japanese visitors, enthralled by the Mallory take on the King Arthur legend.  The practicality of the Haven, as Castle Cove is known, was clear to see though, from a shipping perspective, as it lies in the lea of the prevailing south westerly winds and has a convenient loading area, protected by a wall, for deep-drafted vessels.

Summer visit photo gallery


With Lauren on Castle beach, Tintagel, as she explains what the beach means to her.

Tregeath Holiday Cottage


Norwegian Geid endorses the calming effect of the beach.


Inside Merlin’s Cave, a sea tunnel under the island, as the tide starts to fall back.


On Castle beach in the rain.

Season: winter

Tintagel, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur and a seat of Cornish kings of old, was wild and spectacular for my January visit.  I went to the beach at Castle Cove, as it’s known locally, under the island reputed to be Camelot.  I was able to see inside a double-ended sea cave below the bridge, known as Merlin’s Cave.  The sea was rough and the waves were wild.  It’s a good time to visit Tintagel, as it gets packed in the summer, due to the Arthurian connection.


Castle beach, from the waterline.


A sea cave at Tintagel.


Three ladies walking via Tintagel, on a day out together.

2 thoughts on “Tintagel

  1. Sam

    The beach is a place where I can connect with elemental forces, nature, history and magic. It’s a source of inspiration and a place of great beauty, which touches your heart and your soul.

  2. Mat

    My childhood holidays were always at the beach. The exceptional sensations a beach offers makes it a harvest of rich memories. ‘The sand between your toes’ is a phrase I associate with catharsis. The overwhelming sense of uncertainty that fills the mind before I plunge into the visually inviting but tangibly cold water has a strong connection with the beach. A playground, an opportunity to break from life’s routine, its fast pace, a place to take stock and to think, or not to think. A place to unwind and to lose track of time. Sitting out beyond the breakers, it is a place to wonder at the natural world, a place where internal promises of a greater commitment to more earthly pursuits are made, only to be broken as I climb back on life’s treadmill.


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