According to the legend, Tintagel Castle was the birthplace of sword-in-the-stone-pulling legend King Arthur. Whether or not that’s true, you’ll certainly feel like a king (or queen) as you survey the South West county from the castle’s top turrets. It’s a steep climb, but the ocean views are well worth it.
Tintagel also features Dark Age ruins, a gun house, family-friendly events and a beach leading to the deeply mysterious Merlin’s Cave. A lovely beach café serves locally caught seafood, homemade cakes and of course, cream teas. Just remember not to make a foodie faux pas; in Cornwall, the jam goes on first.