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Tintagel Castle

Magical Merlin returns

The legendary tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are to be told in the beautiful surroundings of Tintagel Castle. Don't be surprised if you bump into Merlin during August...

With its spectacular location on one of England's most dramatic coastlines, Tintagel is an awe-inspiring and romantic spot, a place of legends.

Tintagel Castle is well known especiallu for the legendary stories of King Arthur and Merlin the Wizard. 

In August 2006 the castle will become the stage for the tales of Olde England. 

A storyteller dressed as the magical and mysterious Merlin, will be weaving tales from the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table at regular intervals throughout the month.

Tintagel Castle
Full of legends - Tintagel Castle

Find Merlin lurking in the castle courtyard dressed in his eccentric attire and listen as he narrates a series of charming tales.  Merlin will be recounting a number of stories including the story of Tristan, a Knight of King Arthur who drank a love potion and fell in love with Yseult creating a tragic love triangle, and the story of Knight Mark who was punished for wrong-doings by being given a pair of donkey ears!

"The magical stories will help the castle really come to life for visitors and make exploring its nooks and crannies all the more exciting," says Callie Saxty, Head of Visitor Operations at Tintagel Castle.

Joined to the mainland by a narrow neck of land, Tintagel Island faces the full force of the Atlantic. On the mainland itself, the gaunt remains of the medieval castle represent only one phase in a long history of occupation. 

After a period of Roman settlement and military outpost, Tintagel is thought to have been a trading settlement of Celtic kings during the 5th and 6th Centuries, however it is best known for its mythical links with the conception of King Arthur.

The remains of the 13th Century castle are breathtaking, with the steep stone steps, stout walls and rugged windswept cliff edges encircling the Great Hall it is a truly amazing ruin.

King Arthur Tales at Tintagel information

Where: Tintagel Castle, ½ mile on a track from Tintagel
When: The following Wednesdays: 2 August, 16 August and 30 August, 11am – 5pm.
Price: Adults: £4.30, Concessions: £3.20, Children: £2.20
English Heritage members: Free
Telephone: 01840 770328

last updated: 18/07/06
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