Tintagel Castle and the Little Knights

We live near Tintagel castle which we’ve never visited before, but a week or so ago, we finally decided to visit King Arthur’s birthplace, that is if the legend is indeed true.  To make the visit even more fun for little T,  her best-friend F and his mum also came along.

It’s actually about time we used our English Heritage membership, especially since the first and last time we used it was last year when we visited Stonehenge.

Little T and F were excited since playing knights in shinning armours are one of their current favourite games to play.  Who said little girls can’t be knights?  They definitely can, especially in T’s world.

We were a bit surprised to see many tourists around, especially since Spring break was over by the time we visited.  We were dead wrong.

And of course before entering the castle, the little knights had to check out the goods in the gift shop first.

This cave is known as Merlin’s Cave made famous in Tennyson’s poem Idyllis of the King.

It is a bit of a climb to go up the ruins, especially if you’re as un-exercised as I am.  The little ones though, didn’t mind the steps at all.

They went up those stairs without whinging much, in fact, I think I whinged more than they did!

This is the site of a medieval village, way up on a hill.

The view through the entrance of the medieval site….

View from an ancient window.

Those steps will lead you up to the ruins of King Arthur’s castle.

Can you imagine what this house/building must have looked like during those ancient times, over-looking the sea?  I’m wondering if it was used as a look-out.

And there’s our little knights, busy playing in what was once a garden during the medieval times.

Inspecting the cave for dragons, the knights were disappointed.

This was once the chapel.

And this is what’s left of the castle …

Time to go home now… but first …

back to the gift shop where the two knights decided to ditch their swords to buy some bows and arrows.

While there’s really nothing much left of the castle, it is however surrounded by magnificent views and stunning scenery, so it’s definitely still worth a visit.  And you could also schedule your tour and time it with a historical re-enactment.  That would definitely be fun, I still have yet to see one!

This post is linked-up with Coombe Mill’s #CountryKids.

and #PoCoLo

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


  1. ilovemummymost

    Wow it looks amazing. I have never been. The knights look like they are enjoying themselves! Fab photos

  2. The Vanilla Housewife

    The stairs! Oh my, I’m going to faint before I reach the top! But lovely view indeed and the kids look like they had fun.

    • Dean B

      Yep, I was huffing and puffing like a mad old woman. I think I actually shamed my husband and daughter. Haha. I need exercise!

  3. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    WOW!! I want to visit the castle!!! That is amazing! I live in a country that is only 200 years old (plus or minus), so I can’t even comprehend!!

    • Dean B

      Same here Kate! I have to constantly remind myself about this, especially when I’m too busy whinnying about stairs! 🙂

  4. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Wow, stunning! Those steps, whew, that’s some climb 🙂 And the view through that ancient window is just incredible. It really is a beautiful part of the world, and as always you story telling took me there with you x

    • Dean B

      The climb was no-joke, the kiddies did really well. Better than the grown-ups actually. Yes, Cornwall is a lovely place… Then again, there are loads of lovely places all over the UK! 😉

  5. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Prettiest place ever! I want to go there! Sigh! Just amazing! #pocolo

  6. afamilydayout

    I love Tintagel castle, we always visit if we’re in the area on holiday. Looks like you a great day out! #pocolo

  7. nishana

    Wow.. mind-blowing! Inspires me to pack bag and set off!


  8. hurrahforgin

    Beautiful! I am always envious of all the lovely places you have around you to visit. Can’t believe they made it all the way up those steps too! x

    • I know. Little T and F are really good walkers. Perhaps it’s always because their dads take them for really long walks! 🙂 x

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  10. Wow! What an absolutely awesome place – we would love it there. The scenery is stunning – I love your photos. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

  11. naptimethoughts

    That’s amazing… and completely impossible for me. Those pictures of the stairs made me tired!

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