Fans of the legend of King Arthur, Merlin, and the Knights of the Round Table, this castle is for you. Tintagel Castle is in ruins, but it is still a draw for visitors not only for the legend but for the rugged beauty of its surroundings. Tintagel is situated in Cornwall, England on an island of rocky cliffs along the coast from Padstow. Here you can roam the beach and Merlin’s Cave (tide dependent), walk the Southwest Coast Path, climb the 148 steps to the island, explore the ruins, enjoy a visitor center, or dine on local cuisine.
Tintagel was a very busy and active settlement until the 6th century. This would be around the time of the legend of Arthur who supposedly was conceived in deceit on this island. Merlin the wizard lived in a cave on its beach. The ruins do not date from this time but rather from much later, the 1200’s, when Geoffrey of Monmouth recorded the tale. Truth or legend, the island and its tale evokes the romance of an other era.
Where To Find Romantic Castles
These three romantic castles are just a mere few of the hundreds of castles one can visit around the world, each with its own tales of romance, intrigue and often times, treachery, and death. If you wish to view many romantic castles from afar in one day, ask your real travel expert about a river cruise that sails through the Rhine Gorge in Germany. There are upwards of fifty plus castles along this 65-kilometer stretch of the Middle Rhine.