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Tintagel Beach (Haven)  



Tintagel beach is a small sand, shingle and stony beach that is better known for a spectacular cave, known as Merlin’s Cave which gives the only access to the small and stony Westside Cove the other side of the headland. Tintagel Beach (sometimes known as Tintagel Haven or Merlin’s Cove) is very sheltered by Tintagel Head on one side and Barras Nose on the other. The remains of Tintagel Castle above the Cove is managed by English Heritage, and is a popular attraction for tourists because of the Arthurian Legend.
The beach disappears at high water but at low tide it becomes a cove with some areas of sand. Walking through Merlin’s Cave to Westside Cove is possible but needs to be undertaken at low tide and with considerable care. The waterfalls that cascade on to the beach can be very dramatic when the stream is in fast flow.
There is safety equipment above the main beach. When conditions are favourable swimming is possible on a rising tide within the cove as it can be relatively sheltered from any swell. It is not a surfing beach. When calm, snorkelling around the Cove can be interesting. There are rock pools at low water and a number of good spots to fish off the rocks. Swimming off Westside Cove is dangerous because of rocks and currents.


Benoath Cove, unfortunately does not have lifeguard cover during the year, so you have to take extra precaution if swimming here. Please be sure to observe the beach safety code.

Nearby Beaches


Trebarwith Strand Beach (1.0m)


Bossiney Beach (1.1m)


Benoath Beach (1.1m)


Tregardock Beach (2.2m)


Port Gaverne Beach (5.5m)


Port Isaac Beach (5.9m)


The Strangles Beach (6.8m)


Port Quin Beach (7.5m)


Beach Specifics


Beach Type Parking Facilities

Sand and shingle

Amble car park 10 min walk from beach

Lifeguard Service Facilities
None Toilets 10 min walk from beach. Also shops and cafes
Dog Friendly ? Disabled Access

Dogs allowed all year round.

None for the beach

OS Grid Reference - SX 05124 89009

X (Easting) : Y (Northing) - 205124 : 089009

Postcode (nearest) PL34 0DQ

Grid Reference (6 figure) - SX051890

Latitude : Longitude : 50.668049 : -4.7590756



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