The birthplace of King Arthur, this impressive castle is immersed in history and is a fascinating day out, especially for little ones.

Perched atop cliffs, facing defiantly out to the great Atlantic ocean, Tintagel Castle is an immense ruin, clinging to the rugged coastline  and boasting spectacular views. Perfect for families with activities galore, it’s also great for walkers as the South West Coast Path goes directly through the site.

There are few more dramatic locations than the 13th century ruins of Tintagel Castle, clinging to the mainland atop a wave-lashed neck of  granite. Conjure up images of knights on horseback or the Earl of Cornwall feasting in the great hall and get swept away by local legends that claim this to be the birthplace of King Arthur.

With over 18 acres to explore including a garden, chapel and well, it’s a great opportunity to get seeped in history whilst also blowing the  cobwebs away. Make sure to also visit Merlin’s Cave, which is accessible during low tide.

Run by English Heritage, there is a beach cafe, visitor centre and dogs are welcome on leads. There’s plenty of space for children to run about and let off steam, and it’s a perfect place for a picnic too. There isn’t a car park at Tintagel but you’ll find a pay and display car park in the village.

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