Arthur Mee's "Kings England" commences with "It is a bit of the magic of England and seems to us as wonderful in truth as in imagination." "Its rocks rise sheer from the sea, crowned with green carpets. Cornwall's oldest church still holding services, looks down upon the Atlantic, sweeping in below". "When the wind blows, that we may lean on it, and the sea breaks on million year old granite walls, it will thrill an Englishman as few things do".
That brief description slightly updated, is probably the most accurate from any of our great authors and although that was written over 50 years ago, the natural aspects of Tintagel have not changed one bit. The legend of King Arthur attracts visitors of all nationalities to Tintagel and there are numerous places of interest in the surrounding area. The shops of Tintagel can cope with all the needs of the holidaymaker. There is a wide variety of accommodation, restaurants, character pubs and quality retail outlets.
The historic buildings such as "The Old Post Office", St Materianas Church, the ruined Castle, King Arthur's Hall of Chivalry and the Chapel of Our Lady of Fontevrault, are worth more than just a day visit. Complemented by the hamlets of Treknow, Tregatta and Trewarmett and many other places to explore, Tintagel is an ideal base for holidaymakers all year round. Many of the hotels, guest houses and self catering establishments are open all year, so you will always find a friendly reception and comfortable stay. The late Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, said, "This salty sea coast parish is best seen out of season and on a stormy day." He was most enthusiastic with regard to architecture and found plenty to enjoy, He too, like many of the more discerning visitors, enjoyed the natural and spectacular coves and rock formations, especially between Tregardock and Boscastle, probably the world's finest coastline.
We hope you enjoy this mere sample of King Arthur Country and although words can conjure up imaginative thoughts, the sights and sounds of Cornwall are everlasting memories.
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