Wizards, kings and castle ruins combine with beach, caves and rock pools to make a magical day out – even in February

In a nutshell
The home of legendary kings, beautiful queens and a powerful wizard, this craggy headland is one of Cornwall’s most iconic sites. Supposed birthplace of King Arthur, the Tintagel ruins and surrounding coast are steeped in stories. Kids enjoy playing knights or smugglers in the ruins, and exploring rock pools and caves, one with Merlin’s face controversially carved in rock. Some of the locals are aghast at the feature, but for kids it’s fun to find. There’s also a new, rather imposing King Arthur statue on a neighbouring clifftop – called Gallos, Cornish for power. A little farther afield are scenic coastal walks, which in summer are vibrant with wildflowers, butterflies and sea birds. If you’re lucky you might spot dolphins and basking sharks. There are family events from Easter, but out of season you can have the place to yourself. It’s at its best in fine weather, obviously, but in pouring rain the waterfalls in the area are thunderous.

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Source: The Guardian

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