Boscastle & Tintagel Holiday Cottages
Did you know...Tintagel Castle was the legendary birthplace of King Arthur?
Set just five miles apart on the rugged Cornish coast, Boscastle and Tintagel have their own distinct characters, and offer truly unique getaways. Tintagel glows with mystery and legend, as the twelth century Tintagel Castle is the rumoured birthplace of King Arthur. Whether or not you believe the tales, Tintagel’s historic ruins and dramatic location will give any Tintagel holiday a magical feel! Just along the shore, Holidays in Boscastle place visitors in one of Britain’s most beautiful villages.
- Ruins discovered around Tintagel indicate some basis for the Arthur legends
- The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle has been open for 50 years
- Boscastle’s Pixie House has its own Lilliput Lane cottage
Boscastle & Tintagel Tourist Information
Boscastle and Tintagel are two of Cornwall’s prettiest harbour villages, and each has a fascinating story to tell. Tintagel holidays will fascinate both adults and children with their dramatic surroundings and secrets. Tintagel’s cliff top castle ruins and mysterious caves are the perfect setting for the King Arthur legends, and ancient discoveries in the area have reinforced the opinion of many -that when it comes to myths and folklore - there is no smoke without fire.
With its picturesque whitewashed cottages and historic harbour, the unassuming village of Boscastle hit the headlines in 2004. August 2004 saw Boscastle struck by some of the worst flash flooding in Britain’s history, and the village’s community spirit shone through as it worked towards recovery and improved flood defences were put in place. Today, guests of Boscastle holiday cottages find it difficult to believe the village was ever anything but tranquil, and its atmosphere of optimism and resilience is tangible. Boscastle also has a claim to literary history, as Thomas Hardy met his first wife Emma in the village.
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Boscastle & Tintagel Family Attractions
No Tintagel holiday is complete without a visit to its 12th century castle! Access can be difficult, as visitors must follow a track from Tintagel village to Tintagel Head, where a steep flight of steps must be climbed to reach the ruins. Once on Tintagel Island, the breathtaking coastal views, intriguing ruins of the castle and an early monastery are well worth the journey.
Those with an interest in the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table will be in their element during a visit to the family-friendly King Arthur’s Great Halls! Dedicated to the tales, the Halls have been open since 1933 and are filled with products and information perfect for enthusiasts.
Boscastle Old Mill dominates the village, and houses a range of shops and a traditional pantry. Why not pop in to this 19th century building and admire the original water wheel during your holiday in Boscastle? Boscastle’s Museum of Witchcraft has stood in the village for generations, and is open between Easter and October. The museum’s curious collections of witchcraft artefacts offer an eerie insight into Boscastle’s darker past.
Beach Holidays in Boscastle & Tintagel
The spectacular stretch of coast between the villages of Boscastle and Tintagel is packed with family-friendly beaches and coves, as well as some perfect waters for surfing. Bossiney Beach is a pretty cove close to Tintagel. With close parking and no dog restrictions it is an ideal spot to unwind by the shore away from the crowds.
Trebarwith Strand is a popular sandy beach around one and a half miles from Tintagel. It is best to approach the beach on foot along the coastal path, as the views are truly breathtaking. The sands are a great place for children to enjoy the shore, and the area offers fabulous surf thanks to strong winds from the Atlantic – however, care must be taken of the tides as there is a danger of being cut off.
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