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Tintagel island

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English Heritage

The site of Tintagel Castle has been inhabited at least since the late Roman period, and a community flourished here in the 5th to 7th centuries. In the 12th century Tintagel gained literary fame when Geoffrey of Monmouth named it as the place where King Arthur was conceived. These Arthurian associations may have inspired Richard, Earl of Cornwall, to build a castle at Tintagel in the 1230s, and the enduring legend still ensures Tintagel’s international renown.

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  • Title: Tintagel island
  • Location: Tintagel Castle
  • Original Source: TINTAGEL CASTLE
  • Rights: English Heritage
  • Photographer: Roger Harris

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