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" The Past, it has been said , is a foreign country and there are many ways of approaching it." (Quoted in the English Heritage Guide to the History of the Castle).
On my first visit to this bit of the past, 40 years ago, most people believed that all there was to know about the legendary castle of King Arthur and his Knights, Merlin and the round Table had been discovered.
As we got closer to the site the more it seemed that it was 3 or 4, perhaps more, times bigger than the place I remembered. I thought I must have been mad to bring three children to this wild place.
Since that time a combination of improved methodology in historical research, more sophisticated and sensitive archaeological techniques and the natural disaster of a fire on the island in 1983 uncovered hitherto unknown buildings.
The realisation that the peat which had burned away had concealed so much resulted in a new detailed historical and archaeological survey followed by excavations.
A visit to the enlarged site is in fact much safer now that steps and handrails and hand ropes are in place
For me this was in many ways like a first visit to the site with much more to see and absorb.
At the end of the trail from the Village carpark on the main road you first approach the exhibition and information centre, the film studio, shop and toilets (partly seen on right in this picture )
We went on and spotted a grassy, flat shelf (above and to left of the waterfall) where we had our picnic before starting what looked like a strenuous climb to the point from which the picture was taken.
My memory of a late 1960's visit to Tintagel is of a far less touristy place than we saw on our most recent visit .
I remember seeing the Old Post Office - but not going inside. I had three young children with me then and they were much more interested in seeing King Arthur’s Castle than an “old house”!
But that was where we were heading this time - just 2 sets of grandparents on a days outing.
We avoided the tourist tat in the village, gritted our teeth at yet another parking fee and went first to see the old post office, before taking our picnic along the path to the bridge over to the island and the Castle.
Remains of the Castle exist on both the "main" land and the promontory known as the "island". A pathway and steps lead... more travel advice
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